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Community Leaders Support Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown’s Re-election

Assemblymember Cheryl Brown held a reception on Sunday, February 16 at the Hampton Inn in Colton where she announced her candidacy for re-election to the California Assembly.   Many family, friends and other supporters were in attendance.

(Photo credits: John Coleman)

CSUSB Hosts Military Appreciation Night

SAN BERNARDINO, CA. – An array of departments at Cal State San Bernardino will host Military Appreciation Night at the Coyote men’s basketball game on Friday, February 21. Tailgate festivities begin at 4 p.m. on the west lawn of Recreational Sports and Fitness Center that will feature free food and military giveaways. The men’s basketball game against Sonoma State begins at 7:30 p.m. in Coussoulis Arena.

The event is co-hosted by CSUSB’s Alumni Association, Associated Students Inc., the Veterans Success Center, Recreational Sports and Fitness Center and the CSUSB Air Force and Army ROTC.  Active service members, military veterans and their families will receive free admission to the game. Contact Marci Daniels at the Veterans Success Center at 909-537-5195 for free tickets. Attendees are encouraged to wear military apparel or American-themed apparel.

The planners of the event have designed a program that will begin about eight minutes before tip-off time. The CSUSB Air Force-Army ROTC cadets will first present the colors. AF-ROTC cadet Carrera Allred will sing the National Anthem, while local high school cadets of Junior ROTC representing U.S. Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy unfurl a giant American flag.

Chaplain Captain David Sarmiento of the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing at March Air Reserve Base will say the invocation, while the CSUSB Student Veterans Organization will set up a battlefield cross in the middle of arena floor in memory of fallen veterans.

A 13-foot GI Johnny will join CSUSB mascots Cadee and Cody Coyote in cheering the crowd. An opportunity drawing will be held with raffle prizes drawn throughout the game. Proceeds from the raffle will supplement the CSUSB Veterans Success Initiative Scholarship Fund.

During half-time, 20 Wounded Warriors will be recognized, as well as a ceremonial swearing-in of about 40 future service members.  In addition, two contests will be disclosed during the break for fans to participate.

Sponsors for the event include Crest Chevrolet, Brills Shoes, The Mug Restaurant, Tello’s Tailors and Menswear and the Tossetti Family, all of San Bernardino. Other sponsors are U.S. Army Units B-Troop, 4-9 Cavalry and Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., CSUSB Beta Kappa Chapter.

For more information, contact Marci Daniels at the CSUSB Student Veterans Center at 909-537-5195.

 

Covered California kicks off regional meeting at Loma Linda University Health

Edith Lara-Trad, information officer at Covered California, welcomes representatives from Inland community groups to the first Covered California regional meeting at Loma Linda University Health.

Edith Lara-Trad, information officer at Covered California, welcomes representatives from Inland community groups to the first Covered California regional meeting at Loma Linda University Health.

LOMA LINDA, CA  – Representatives of community groups working to enroll more San Bernardino County residents for affordable health insurance through Covered California kicked off their first regional meeting on Wednesday (Feb. 12) at Loma Linda University Health (LLUH).

About 40 people, representing dozens of community groups, stakeholders, health organizations, elected officials, and local health officials, took part in the gathering, hosted by LLUH.

“One of the objectives of the regional meeting is to focus on increasing partnerships and collaboration within the region, and to share lessons learned from the first weeks of enrollment,” said Edith Lara-Trad, information officer at Covered California, and the regional coordinator for the effort.

“It is about the people who are in dire need of health coverage. We have 47 days to continue mobilizing our efforts and enroll them now. One focus is to use in-person assistance to maximize enrollment,” she said.

LLUH, in partnership with Community Clinic Association of San Bernardino County, is one of 48 lead organizations that received grant awards totaling $37 million from Covered California to help residents access affordable health coverage.  Covered California is the state’s new health care insurance marketplace responsible for reaching out to 5.3 million Californians in need of individual insurance, many of whom may be eligible for financial assistance with the premiums.

“LLUH wants to ensure the residents of the Inland Empire are informed regarding the historic changes in our health care system and we are getting our residents the coverage they need to improve and maintain their health,” said Gerald Winslow, Ph.D., vice president for mission and culture at LLUH, and director of the Institute for Health Policy and Leadership, the organizational entity responsible for administering the grant.

The regional meeting provided opportunities for grantees, certified counselors, providers, community and health agencies, and elected officials to mingle and work in partnerships in existing enrollment events. Covered California partners and the health community have played an integral role to accomplish enrollment to many people thus far and Covered California is providing specific support to the community and partners to drive the regional effort.

Lara-Trad said the challenge is to encourage more people to enroll by March 31, which is the deadline for open enrollment and for obtaining premium assistance and guaranteed health coverage. She said, “We are focusing on key gaps. Latinos, African Americans, and other under-represented communities and young adults are especially targeted for enrollment.” More information is available at www.CoveredCA.com

Rosie Salazar, Covered California certified counselor at Inland Behavioral Health Services, attended the event because she wanted to expand her network and get ideas for getting more people to sign up for health insurance.

“We are in a community where we deal with many homeless and low-income people,” she said. “We do not want them to be left out of affordable health care.”