The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)/California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training was established in 2005 to support and create diverse community health initiatives. Our programmatic approach combines community-based participatory research and promotores’ efforts to create and increase access to culturally and linguistically-relevant health education, prevention, screening, and treatment. As part of our commitment to health promotion and community engagement, we established the CSULB Centro Salud es Cultura in downtown Long Beach. The Centro serves as a home for community and university leadership to foster educational and wellness initiatives, as well as to celebrate Latino culture through music, art, film and literature. The goal is to create opportunities for health, educational, and cultural promotion programming aimed at improving the lives of underserved Latinos. The launching of the CSULB Centro Salud es Cultura created opportunities for community residents, youth, civic leaders, and university faculty to dialogue and engage in programs and activities regarding pertinent issues affecting Latinos.
The major goals of the CSULB Centro Salud es Cultura are to:
- Provide health and educational promotion to improve lives while reinforcing positive cultural values and resilience
- Increase capacity to conduct health and educational equity programming in the Long Beach Latino community
- Collaborate to develop effective community health and educational strategies to improve the lives of Latinos
- Increase community outreach and engagement to foster leadership development and wellness
- Foster understanding through activities that promote
- Latino music, art, film and literature because creating healthy communities means celebrating Latino culture
Every month, Centro Salud es Cultura host a special theme night that revolves around our hertiage. These nights are totally free and we welcome everyone in the community to come by and check it out. Here is the list of Noche Culturales coming up.
|Friday, Oct. 3rd||Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Our Culture||Mayan Speaker
Include foods and outfits from different Latin American countries.
|Thursday, Oct. 30th||Dia de los muertos||Workshop on the history behind the altar and each piece symbolizes.
Arts and crafts for kids: papel picado and calavera
|Friday, Nov. 21th||Celebre con cultura y diversion el día de acción de gracias||Potluck of healthy Thanksgiving foods/appetizers to share. Workshop on the history of Thanksgiving and how it relates to our culture. Thanksgiving arts and crafts for the kids.|
|Friday, Dec. 19th||Posada||Caroling and celebration. Potluck, music.|
Calendar of Events
Sanos y Fuertes
Sanos y Fuertes
Nutrition workshops focused on childhood obesity prevention are offered to Latino families with children between the ages of 2-8 years. These dynamic and bilingual classes will help you improve your family’s nutrition and activity levels. Workshop registration is required. For more information, please call the Centro de Salud es Cultura at (562) 261-8370.
Merging Latin rhythms and physical activity in a fun and safe environment, the Centro features exercise classes to area residents. Zumba is a walk-in class with a limit of 25 people per session.
Outstanding CSULB students provide Long Beach Unified students with assistance in homework and college preparation. These Latino scholars serve as excellent role models and promote youth empowerment and success. Pre-registration is required.