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Race/Ethnicity: East Bakersfield, CA

Latino 63%
White 28%
African-American 6%
Asian 1%
Native American 1%
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East Bakersfield's Population

Other facts: East Bakersfield, CA

0%
Live below poverty line
0%
qualify for free/reduced cost lunch
0%
of 5th grade students scored healthy physical fitness body composition levels

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ISSUES TO ADDRESS IN EAST BAKERSFIELD

  • Substance abuse: Decrease availability of substances like tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and methamphetamine. Make substance abuse education and local treatment options readily available in the community.
  • Food Availability: Increase availability of affordable healthy food options, like fruits and vegetables.
  • Violence and Safety: Improve accessibility of community outdoor spaces to encourage physical activity, decreasing instances of gang violence, improving street lighting, and addressing issues of stray animals in the community.

COMMUNITY

Assets 

        • Resource centers and social service organizations
        • Local food pantries
        • Mental health resources
        • Local clinics

Challenges

        • Limited public transportation
        • Local community collaboration
        • Cultural and communication barriers

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Promote city design that encourages walking and biking
  • Encourage community participation in substance abuse and chronic disease prevention
  • Incorporate substance abuse and chronic disease prevention education into the school’s curriculum
  • Create easy access to health-promoting amenities within walkable/bikeable distances
  • Improve public transit to healthy, affordable food and health services
  • Incentivize local businesses to increase selection of healthy, affordable food products
  • Increase affordability of existing farmers market to improve access to healthy food
  • Strengthen multi-sector community partnerships to plan and implement community health initiatives
  • Raise awareness about tobacco and alcohol-free lifestyles