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Highlights from March 2015 Board of Directors’ Retreat

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On March 16, Cal Wellness’ Board of Directors and select staff members visited two communities in San Diego County as part of a trustees’ retreat before the March Board meeting. Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), a Foundation grantee, hosted a bus tour of National City and the San Diego neighborhood of Barrio Logan, where polluting businesses and activities are located near where low-income people of color live, work and play.

Throughout the tour, EHC’s staff and community leaders shed light on the multiple issues affecting the health of National City’s and Barrio Logan’s residents, including asthma and insufficient access to grocery stores and recreational spaces and facilities.

Following the tour, Cal Wellness’ Board and staff continued the discussion with EHC’s staff members during an informal mixer held at Sherman Heights Community Center and met with San Diego area community partners.

Photos were taken throughout the day and are featured below.

Carolina Martínez, EHC policy advocate, shares information on the bus tour of National City and the Barrio Logan neighborhood of San Diego.

Diane Takvorian, EHC’s executive director, (center) points out environmental concerns to Cal Wellness Board Members M. Isabel Becerra, Eugene Washington and Debra Nakatomi (left) and Amy Scop, Cal Wellness’ director of grants management, (right) in National City.

Cal Wellness Board Member Debra Nakatomi (right) speaks with EHC’s associate director of the Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign, Georgette Gómez, in National City.

On the way to Barrio Logan neighborhood, the tour passes a mural created by well-known Chicano artist Salvador Torres.

EHC’s executive director, Diane Takvorian, speaks with tour participants on the bus.

Part of the tour in Barrio Logan includes murals and artwork in Chicano Park.

Chicano Park is located beneath the San Diego-Coronado Bridge in Barrio Logan.

Barrio Logan is located just south of downtown San Diego.

EHC community leader, María Martínez and EHC’s associate director of the Toxic-Free Neighborhoods Campaign, Georgette Gómez, pause for a picture.

Cal Wellness Trustee Eugene Washington views photos at Crosby Street Park.

Three of Cal Wellness’ Board members, Joseph M. Lumarda, Eugene Washington and Debra Nakatomi, view photos at Crosby Street Park.

EHC’s Diane Takvorian speaks with Cal Wellness Program Director Earl Lui and Interim Director of Communications David B. Littlefield.

EHC’s staff and Cal Wellness’ Board and staff members convene in the Sherman Heights neighborhood for mixer following the tour.

Tour participants admire artwork before entering the Sherman Heights Community Center.

EHC’s Diane Takvorian stands with Beatriz Barraza, EHC board member, Cal Wellness’ Judy Belk and Margaret Godshalk, EHC’s board president, at the Sherman Heights Community Center.

EHC community leaders Tuan Luu, Noh Ha and Tuong Cong Bui stand with Diane Takvorian and Judy Belk at Sherman Heights Community Center.

Diane Takvorian and Judy Belk share a moment outside the Sherman Heights Community Center.

Pictured outside the Sherman Heights Community Center are Judy Belk with Cal Wellness Trustees Debra Nakatomi, David S. Barlow, Elizabeth M. Gomez, Eugene Washington, M. Isabel Becerra, Joseph M. Lumarda and Elizabeth Hallman.

Devonna Almagro, interim executive director of the Sherman Heights Community Center, welcomes the participants.

Pictured at the mixer are Cal Wellness Trustee Eugene Washington, Diane Takvorian, Devonna Almagro of Sherman Heights Community Center and Judy Belk.

 


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