Posted by: acbuildingblocks | April 3, 2015

We’ve Moved

Friends & Colleagues –

You may have noticed we’ve been a bit quiet on our WordPress recently! We wanted to let you know that have officially moved our web presence to our new home. We hope you’ll continue to follow along there with our progress on advancing health equity for Alameda County’s youngest citizens.

We will also keep you up-to-date and share interesting articles on our social media accounts, and we hope to chat with you there. You can find us posting on Twitter and Facebook a few times each week. You can also subscribe to our quarterly newsletter here.

We thank you for your support of our work, and look forward to working together to make sure that all children, no matter where they live, how much money their families have, or their race, have a chance to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.


Your BB4HE Team

Feb 2015

Jessica, Rachel, Yokia, Mariela, Laiah, and Kali

Posted by: acbuildingblocks | June 16, 2014

We’re Hiring!

We are seeking a program specialist to join our team. Please see the link below for more information.

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Posted by: acbuildingblocks | May 22, 2014

May 16 BBC Planning Update

We just had an exciting meeting on May 16th at Room to Bloom that focused on equity in education! Lisa Erickson, Policy and Program Coordinator at First Five Alameda County, gave a lovely spotlight on the partnership that created Room to Bloom.  The learning panel covered social emotional learning and featured Michelle Grant-Groves (0-8 Early Education Coordinator Oakland Unified School District) & Sandra Simmons (Mental Health Program Manager at Oakland Unified School District).  After the panel discussion we learned a new skill, text coding, to analyze DoubleJeopardy by Dr. Donald Hernandez, which discusses how third grade reading skills and poverty influence high school graduation.   Lastly, Leah Tarran of Brighter Beginnings and Rachel Berkowitz introduced the upcoming Best Babies Zone mini-grant opportunity.  Our next meeting will be on July 25th at the REACH Ashland Youth Center and will focus on race, power, and privilege using Critical Race Theory as a framework.   Our meetings rotate sites and hosts; ask Jessica Luginbuhl how you can help plan our July 25th meeting or host or plan our next meeting on September 26th!

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Posted by: acbuildingblocks | May 13, 2014

“Double Jeopardy”: Reading for May 16th BBC Meeting


Posted by: acbuildingblocks | April 7, 2014

March BBC Planning Update

Mona Shah, Community Partnerships Manager at the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) was our March meeting host.  Niva Flor, Special Projects Coordinator, and Mona gave us an overview of OMCA Connect.  “OMCA Connect brings together community members, professional artists, community-based organizations, and Museum staff to create participatory arts projects in community spaces and surrounding neighborhoods. The Oakland Rover, OMCA’s “mobile museum,” is one of the many tools used.”

We then spent time in our learning and action labs. The learning lab “Strength in the Face of Adversity: Responding to Trauma in our Community” featured Dr. Deborrah Bremond (Sr. Mental Health Consultant with Early Intervention Services at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland) and Cindy Hill-Ford (Mental Health Director, Catholic Charities of the East Bay).  Deborrah gave an overview of the impact of trauma in child development and Cindy discussed local, community-based approaches. The action lab focused on the design thinking question:  “How might we respond to community trauma?”and allowed time for reflection, multi-sector brainstorming, and report back.  A myriad of innovative, actionable ideas were brainstormed by the multi-sector teams including creating parent cafes focused on community trauma,  creating urban gardens as safe zones at various sites,  and the formation of a policy workgroup/delegation!

The meeting wrapped up with announcements, which included staying tuned for Best Babies Zone mini-grants in the Castlemont neighborhood of East Oakland! Interested in finding out more? Contact:


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