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LVCHO Website Redesign

The Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization (LVCHO) is unveiling a reinvigorated website designed to better highlight the non-profit’s work and community partnerships. The new website is viewable at: www.healthylompoc.org 

The comprehensive redesign was made possible via $5,000 in funding from the Santa Barbara Foundation’s small capacity building grant. The amount was matched by internal LVCHO funding. “We wanted a more modern, updated and accessible website,” explains LVCHO Executive Director Ashley Costa. “That needed change is made even more important amid the ongoing global pandemic and a renewed focus on virtual information sharing.”

The LVCHO’s mission is to transform health in the Lompoc Valley via a cross-sector of partnerships, while building an inclusive culture of health and well-being for local residents. Some of its recent projects include the wide dissemination of an informational health newsletter; a vaccination community awareness campaign; a census outreach effort aimed at underserved neighborhoods; installation of bike repair stations around town and a physical activity promotion program. “We want the community to better understand who we are and that we’ve served the Lompoc Valley for 22 years.”
The redesigned site for the organization includes a translation function for those needing the information in another language, as well as an ADA function that provides information for those with visual disabilities. The new website content includes pages explaining LVCHO’s role as the “FACE” for community health in the Lompoc Valley, Costa said.
“FACE” stands for Facilitation, Assessment, Convening and Education, she added. As a facilitator, LVCHO usually does not provide direct services, but rather enables access to resources, programs, events, data and more, she added.

The LVCHO also facilitates the Healthy Lompoc Coalition, a local group of stakeholders convened in 2006. The updated website provides the LVCHO an opportunity to share current and past work, including projects such as Open Streets, Safe Routes to School and Creative Crosswalks, as well as its role helping the campaign for the Lompoc Community Track and Field project. 
Lompoc Community Track & Field
Lompoc Valley Distance Club

Join the Lompoc Valley Distance Club on Satuday, March 28, 2022 at 8:00am for the Dr. John Trettin 5K Memorial Run and Nature Walk at the Cabrillo High School track. Money from entry fees and donations is given back to Lompoc and Cabrillo High School seniors as scholarships. For more information please contact Kent Yankee (805) 717-8738. Please note that this course goes through the Burton Mesa Preserves so participants are encouraged to be respectful. For walkers that are interested trash pick up bags to pick up any nonnatural items will be provided.

The Scott Williams Memorial 4.3 mile race will take place on Saturday April 2, 2022 at 8:00 am. Register online before March 5, 2022, there will be no race day registrations.
Preliminary Results Released
From 2020 Census For Lompoc

The census data summary has been released for the 2020 Census, revealing population growth and demographic changes in Lompoc. The 2020 Census summary report compiled by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) includes the following highlights: 
  • Lompoc saw a small increase in population of 2,010 people, representing 8% of the total county-wide growth. 
  • From 2010 to 2020, the City of Lompoc’s percent of the total countywide population remained consistent at 10%. When factoring the unincorporated areas, the entire Lompoc Valley (including the city as well as Vandenberg Space Force Base, Vandenberg Village and Mission Hills), remained the same from 2010, still representing 13% of the total county population.
  • In 2020, the north county population of 239,868 (representing 54% of the total county population) continued to exceed that of south county at 208,361 (representing 46% of the total county population), compared to 221,728 (52%) and 202,167 (48%), respectively, in 2010.  
  • Lompoc’s demographic makeup changed from 50.8% identifying as Hispanic in 2010 to 57.3% in 2020.
Additional Census data is expected to be released in the coming months.
The 2020 Census concluded on Oct. 15, 2020, with a final self-response rate of 72.9% in Lompoc. The U.S. Census Bureau is the federal government’s largest statistical agency, providing current information about America’s people, places and economy. The U.S. Constitution requires a complete population and housing count every 10 years, most recently carried out in 2020.
The City of Lompoc worked closely with numerous Lompoc non-profit organizations and Santa Barbara County to spread the word about the census beginning January 2020 and running through the final day of the census on Oct. 15, 2020. These organizations included, among others, the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization (LVCHO), the Santa Barbara County Promotors Network in Lompoc, the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD). LVCHO facilitated a grant for community outreach totaling $35,095, which was used to share word of the importance of the census throughout the Lompoc Valley. 

Lompoc’s self-response rate surpassed Santa Barbara County’s self-response rate of 71.8%, the California self-response rate of 69.6%, and the U.S. self-response rate of 66.9%. In addition, Lompoc surpassed its 2010 self-response rate during the last census of 68.5%. The Lompoc community partners involved with Census outreach want to again thank the Lompoc community for participating in Census 2020, helping ensure Lompoc will have access to the resources needed for the next decade. 
Winter Preparedness
Freedom Warming Centers are available Countywide during the Winter months. The Lompoc center is located at Peace Lutheran Church, 1000 West Ocean.
For weekly availabilty please visit the Freedom Warming Centers social media page or call the Warming Center Hotline (805) 324-2372. 
 
City Of Lompoc
2022 Reading Challenges

The Lompoc Library offers several reading challenges over the year. Checkout and register for availble challenges today! 
Lompoc Family YMCA
YMCA Childcare

Did you know the Lompoc Family YMCA offers childcare at multiple afterschool locations, as well as when students are on Spring and Summer break? Visit the YMCA webpage for more information. Summer registration is open. 
Old Town Market 2022

The Lompoc Valley Chamber is excited to announce the return of Old Town Market 2022. Old Town Market will be on Friday nights from 5:00pm -8:00pm from July 8- August 12. Vendor applications will be available beginning April 4th.

Save the date for Healthy Lompoc Night on August 12, 2022!
Domestic Violence Education Groups

Below are flyers for the upcoming virtual Domestic Violence Education Groups. These classes are offered in English and Spanish, and are free of charge. English classes begin March 1st and Spanish classes begin March 3rd. Classes will cover different topics over a 6 week periods and will run from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Zoom. Survivors are encouraged to join any week they would like and can attend as many or few classes as they wish. For any questions or more information, please reach out to counseling@dvsolutions.org.
National Nutrition Month

Did you know your favorite cultural foods can be part of a healthful eating plan? This year's theme is Celebrate a World of Flavors! Throughout March, embrace the foods and flavors of your heritage and other global cultures.
Learn more about #NationalNutritionMonth themes below:
For more partner project and programs please visit the Healthy Lompoc Coalition Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. We are unfortunately unable to share all of the wonderful work our community partners are doing during this time, so please view past newsletters and our community folder for more information. If you have an idea you would like to share, please send it our way!

Food In The Lompoc Valley
 
In Lompoc we are fortunate that many of our local organizations are offering additional services to ensure our community has sufficient access to food. 
Please check regularly for the most up to date offerings, volunteer needs and food distribution schedule.

Route One's Mobile Farmers Market 

The team at Route One Farmers Market is thrilled to share that we will be bringing the first-ever Mobile Farmers Market in Santa Barbara County to our very own Lompoc Valley!

A Mobile Farmers Market is specifically designed to bring local fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods throughout our community, focusing on locations with low access to opportunities to purchase fresh local produce. The Mobile Farmers Market will also be equipped to accept EBT and offer Market Match, a $10 dollar for dollar double of EBT purchasing power. 
The truck has been purchased and we hope to launch it to serve Lompoc in late Spring or early Summer 2022! We are also sharing job opportunities for a Mobile Farmers Market Program Manager and Assistant Market Manager. If you are interested in these opportunities you can find the job listings at: https://www.routeonefarmersmarket.org/
Photo credit: The Farmers Truck

If you would like to learn more about our program or how to have your place of business become a future stop for the mobile market email us at info@routeonefarmersmarket.org

To learn more about our truck and the company that makes them visit https://thefarmerstruck.com/.
Route One Farmers Market is open every Sunday from 10:00am - 2:00pm at 3745 Constellation Road.  Please view the Route One Farmers Market Facebook and Instagram social media pages for regular market updates. For more information, email info@routeonefarmersmarket.org
Looking To Help?

Volunteers are needed to support: 
Articles & Educational Resources:
Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng

This exquisite novel is about a Chinese American family living in 1970's small town Ohio. Well- intentioned, hardworking immigrant parents, strive to create a path in life for their three children to obtain the finest education and social standing!
Five family members navigate through the past and the present--each yearning for a distinct future. The struggle all families face--to understand and know each other, ends in heartache and disbelief. This is a fascinating story of two generations where family love is intertwined with dysfunction. This is Celeste Ng 's debut novel before writing "Little fires everywhere". Excellent book!

Review by Maria Parker, Lompoc Public Library staff member
In The News:
 Every Woman Counts

Early Detection Saves Lives! When you routinely get screened for breast and/or cervical cancer, there is a greater likelihood of finding cancer when it is more treatable, before it has had a chance to spread. Talk to your doctor about getting screened today. If you don’t have a doctor or can’t afford one, EWC (Every Woman Counts) may be able to help.
EWC is an inclusive program that partners with local providers and clinics to offer free breast and cervical cancer screenings and diagnostic services to people who are uninsured or underinsured. Our mission at EWC is to save lives by preventing and reducing the devastating effects of cancer for Californians through public and provider education, early detection, diagnosis, case management, and integrated preventive services. Someone may be eligible for free screenings if they are low income, have no or limited insurance, live in California, and meet the age requirements (Clinical breast cancer screenings and mammography: 40+ or under 40 if exhibiting symptoms. Pap tests: 21+. Pap tests + HPV co-testing: 30+). Our local EWC providers are CHC Lompoc and the Lompoc Health Care Center. For more info, call the Tri-County Cancer Detection Program at 805-681-4783 or visit our website at https://countyofsb.org/phd/healthed/cancerdetection.sbc

As part of the program, we provide free health education classes with curriculum focused on early detection of breast and cervical cancer. We offer presentations both virtually or in-person and in English or Spanish depending on the needs of the community. If you are interested in hosting a class at your organization, please reach out to Brianna at 805-451-6496 or bdunn@sbcphd.org.
Mental Wellness Resources
Central Coast Hotline
 
The Central Coast Hotline is available to serve Lompoc, Santa Maria and SLO County. The Support number is 800-783-0607. For more information or to volunteer click here.
YouthWell

Develop Your Communication Style To Increase Connection

On March 13, 2022 from 4:30pm-6:00pm join YoutWell for a free Virtual Workshop on developing your communication style to increase connection.

This workshop will provide students (ages 10-25), parents, and those working with youth tools to strengthen relationships through active listening and constructive responding. Michael Takahara, Health Education Specialist at UCSB will speak about building empathic listening skills to better interact with family, friends, youth, and co-workers. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Register today
YouthWell Community Calendar

Use the YouthWell community calendar for Santa Barbara County to find classes, trainings, buffering services, parent & youth support groups, volunteer opportunities for youth, & more! Visit https://youthwell.org/events/ today! 
The YouthWell.org Youth & Family Mental Health & Wellness Resource Directory can be viewed in both English and Spanish to help families better access appropriate and available resources in Santa Barbara County. Find a complete list of organizations on YouthWell.org providing youth and family mental health and wellness services.
Stay Informed, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe
Are you looking for local COVID-19/Vaccine information? 
Additional resources include the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department's updated COVID-19 Community Data Dashboard with daily local data and important updates. The American Heart Association offers national COVID-19 updates, news, science and stories. Visit the COVID-19 resource page for additional information, facts and resources.  
Event flyers and educational handouts
are available in the Shared Google Drive!
 
March Events
 
1/1 - 4/10 Keep It Moving Challenge
3/1- 3/31 National Nutrition Month
3/1 Eating Well With Diabetes
3/1 Domestic Violence Education Group - English 
3/2 Weight Loss Surgery Program - Support Group
3/3 Educación sobre la Violencia Doméstica - Español
3/5 Registration Closes for Scott Williams Memorial Run 
3/5 Lompoc Concert Association: The Covenant Sextet 

3/8 Domestic Violence Education Group - English 
3/8 International Women's Day
3/10 Educación sobre la Violencia Doméstica - Español 
3/11 Lompoc Concert Association: Christian Elliott
3/12 Amplifying the Urban Forest - Arbor Day
3/13 YouthWell Workshop Develop Your Communication Style To Increase Connection
3/15 Domestic Violence Education Group - English
3/17 Educación sobre la Violencia Doméstica - Español
3/19 Youth Mental Health First Aid (Online)
3/22 Domestic Violence Education Group - English
3/24 Educación sobre la Violencia Doméstica - Español
3/25 TOTAL Teen Leadership Workshop 
3/28 Dr. John Trettin 5K Memorial Run and Nature Walk 
3/29 Domestic Violence Education Group - English
3/30 Educación sobre la Violencia Doméstica - Español
April Events
 
If you have any questions about the events or programs listed in this email please feel free to contact Healthy Lompoc at healthylompoc@gmail.com, or the host organization. To keep this list current please continue to send any information you would like shared with the Coalition to Healthy Lompoc for distribution. For inclusion in the monthly newsletter please send event or program information by the 3rd Wednesday of the month. 

 
Who Are We?
 A Collaboration To Create A Healthier Lompoc

 
The Healthy Lompoc Coalition, established in 2006, is proudly facilitated by the LVCHO. The Coalition is a community collaboration of over 50 organizations and representatives from different sectors created in response to the growing challenges of obesity and physical inactivity in our community. The mission of the coalition is to advocate and support programs and policies that ensure a local environment which promotes and supports healthy living.

Event flyers and educational handouts
are available in the Shared Google Drive!

 
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