HCBF Awards $644,794 in Round 6 of Community Benefit Grants!

HCBF’s Round 6 of Community Benefit Grants awards $644,794 to organizations serving the communities of San Pedro and Wilmington.

The Board of Harbor Commissioner’s approved the 10 grants for Round 6.

The following is a list of the 10 organizations that HCBF is proud to support in Round 6:

  • Broad Avenue Elementary School:
    This grant will fund two projects at the school: The first project will plant trees on and around the school campus. The plantings will mitigate the air pollution from the port by capturing CO2. The second project is a marine life ocean outreach program from the Cabrillo Marine Museum. Each grade level will receive marine education in a hands-on environment, aligned with California’s Common Core Standards. The program will inspire students and make them aware of surrounding marine life and the impact of the port and our footprints.
  • Friends Of Cabrillo Marine Aquarium:
    CMA’s Young Scientist Program, which culminates in the Young Scientist Symposium, will engage students from sixth grade through grad school in real-world scientific inquiry in a professional setting, using state-of-the art equipment. Funding will not only support the Young Scientist Program, but will also support the publication of a Symposium Abstract and Videotape to educate the community about the impact of the port on the local natural environment.
  • International Bird Rescue:
    A research study that will review and evaluate a combination of current site survey data of the Port, and historical data from International Bird Rescue’s seventeen years of service in San Pedro and Wilmington, data from the Biological Baseline Surveys conducted jointly by the different Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services. Findings will determine the level of overall impact of Port activity on aquatic birds, identify species-specific activity patterns in the Port that are normal and abnormal, and quantify the impact of types of Port activity that threaten marine life today.
  • IQAir Foundation:
    Funding to IQAir Foundation will install air filtration systems, both stand alone systems and HVAC based filters, in two preschools in Wilmington and San Pedro.
  • Memorial Medical Center Foundation – LBACA:
    Grant funds will support LBACA’s Asthma Intervention & Home Visitation Program and will focus its work on children (ages 0-18) and their families within the Wilmington and San Pedro communities affected by air pollution. Funding will enable LBACA to educate at least 50 children with asthma and their families in the cities of Wilmington and San Pedro by providing the Community Health Worker (CHW) Asthma Intervention & Home Visitation Program, Asthma 101 and Air Pollution 101 classes, community health and environment workshops/events, and asthma education to clinic staff and school personnel who interact with children with asthma and their families on a regular basis.
  • Port of LA High School:
    HCBF Funds will support a new “Aquaculture at the Port” course at POLAHS for approximately 60 students in grades 11 and 12.  The college preparatory course will a.) elevate the awareness of environmental and public health impacts produced by Port of Los Angeles activities, and (b.) take action to mitigate these impacts. The aquaponics system will mitigate the Port’s impacts on air quality by capturing and filtering Particular Matter, carbon emissions, and other port-related pollutants through plant growth.
  • Robert F. Kennedy Institute of Community and Family Medicine:
    Grant funds will support the Healthy Heart, Healthy Start and will provide education about chronic illnesses that are aggravated by port pollution, and ways to off-set negative effects by integrating individual and community-wide learning for residents, local organizations, and community representatives. The Healthy Heart, Healthy Start program will reach at minimum 555 families via bilingual education in the form of 15 workshops at RFKI, located in the Wilmington Municipal building and local schools in Wilmington and San Pedro. Participants will receive education about how Port-related pollution contributes to chronic health conditions and topics will include coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, stroke, asthma, allergies, and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), as these are wide-spread illnesses affecting the residents living adjacent to operations of the port.
  • St. Mary Medical Center Foundation:
    Grant funds for the St. Mary Mobile Care Unit will provide a full year of medical care to underserved populations in Wilmington and San Pedro by providing outreach, diagnosis, health screenings, and education on respiratory, cardiopulmonary, and other health disorders that can be caused and exacerbated by environmental pollutants like those generated by the Port and related operations. Secondary benefits of the program will include wrap-around services: medical enrollment, community counseling, and home visits, as needed for residents suffering from health issues related to Port operations.
  • The LA Trust for Children’s Health:
    The LA Trust’s Asthma Program directly targets students who miss more than 8 school days in a school year due to asthma. A partnership with Dr. Marilyn Li and the Breathmobile Program at LAC+USC Medical Center effectively allows us to focus on improving a patient’s understanding of asthma and related medications while also supporting students and families by offering comprehensive care management services. Our partnership with the LAC+USC Breathmobile program offers a comprehensive, mobile-based pediatric asthma disease management program that delivers asthma-specialty care directly to students and their families that are affected by air pollutions from Port and Port-related operations.
  • Wilmington Community Clinic (WHC):
    HCBF funds will help WHC improve the quality of screening and treatment of its asthma patients who reside in Wilmington and San Pedro through the retention of an allergy specialist physician, by expanding the hours that support staff devote to the asthma program, and by improving the technical tools used to manage the program. These resources will allow asthma patients to achieve better health outcomes as measured by pulmonary function tests and thereby enhance their quality of life. A case manager will create individual customized care plans for patients with asthma and work closely with them to ensure they have the education, advocacy, and resources they need to improve health outcomes.

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