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Race/Ethnicity: East Kern County, CA

White 59%
Latino 26%
African-American 7%
Asian 3%
Native American 1%
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East Kern County's Population

Other facts: East Kern County, 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 KERN

  • Physical Activity: Improve availability of parks where the community can exercise and expand physical education in schools.
  • Food Availability: Increase availability of affordable healthy food options, like fruits and vegetables.
  • Healthcare Access: Increase access to healthcare providers and preventive services to adequately prevent/treat diseases, thereby reducing costs related to morbidity/mortality.

COMMUNITY

Assets

• Access to walking and biking paths
• Local programs that provide food to low-income families
• Limited access to local clinics
• Family resource center and women’s center.

Challenges

• Limited public transportation, which hinders residents from accessing medical services, healthy food and physical activity options.
• Limited medical and preventative services
• Lack of education on prevention as a primary health strategy.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  • Improve public transit to healthy, affordable food and health services
  • Create easy access to health-promoting amenities that are walkable/bikeable.
  • Develop culturally relevant, affordable, and accessible clinical services
  • Promote city design that encourages walking and biking
  • Incentivize local business to increase selection of healthy affordable food products and the development of more grocery stores
  • Expand school meal programs to provide healthy meals all year long
  • Incorporate healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free living into the school’s curriculum
  • Increase programs for youth outside of school hours that promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Raise awareness about tobacco and alcohol-free lifestyles
  • Strengthen multi-sector community partnerships to plan and implement community health initiatives