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Redistricting Map Drafts

Long Beach’s Independent Redistricting Commission is seeking public input on a variety of draft maps showing boundary lines that could reshape each of the City’s Council districts.

Council district boundaries are being redrawn using 2020 Census data and community input, in accordance with the Long Beach City Charter. The goal of the independent commission is to draw new lines with the highest probability of fair representation.

Drafts of proposed council district maps being considered are available now at https://longbeach.gov/redistricting/maps/submitted-maps/.

The final map will take into consideration total population for each district, making each as equal as possible, as well as comply with the City Charter, U.S. Constitution, Federal Voting Rights Act, California Constitution, and federal and state laws applicable to charter cities. Redistricting requirements and criteria are included in City Charter Section 2506.

Members of the public are invited to take part in the process to adopt a final map by attending any or all of the Commission’s upcoming meetings or writing to the commissioners at redistricting@longbeach.gov.

Long Beach Marathon

On Oct. 10, the 2021 Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon returned after 727 days. More than 10,000 runners, walkers and bike riders took to the oceanfront Streets of downtown Long Beach for the 37th edition of the race.

The men’s marathon winner was an out-of-towner, Ken Richardson of Ogden, Utah, who broke the tape in 2:27:20. Richardson ran a strong race, taking the lead in the early miles and holding on for victory.

Nicholas Spector of Costa Mesa was second in 2:29:25 and 2019 Long Beach Marathon Champion Nate Clayson of Saratoga Springs, Utah was third in 2:29:36.

Bonnie Axman Keating from San Diego won the women’s marathon in 2:49:25. Cal Poly student Payton Golwas, of San Luis Obispo, finished second in 2:53:10. Jenna Crawford of Huntington Beach was third in 3:08:53.

First across the finish line on Shoreline Drive was half-marathon winner Abebe Kebede of Ethiopia. The 29-year-old won the 13.1-mile race in 1 hour, 6 minutes and 47 seconds. August Pappas of San Diego finished second in 1:06:59, followed by Santa Ana’s Ryan Cosens in third (1:07:04).

The women’s half marathon featured a thrilling finish won by 28-year-old Anna Pasternak of San Diego, CA. breaking the tape with a time of 1:18:24. Kayla Grahn of nearby Pasadena, finished second in an identical time of 1:18:24. Local standout Grace Graham-Zamudio finished third in 1:18:48.

The 38th annual Long Beach Marathon and Half Marathon will return the weekend of Oct. 8-9, 2022. For complete results, photos and more, visit RunLongBeach.com.

Breast Cancer Screening

About one in eight women will develop breast cancer during their lifetime. Thankfully with advances in technology, like screening mammography, breast cancer can be caught at its earliest, most treatable stage.

However, over the last year and a half, many women delayed or skipped their annual screening mammography. This has led to breast cancers being caught in later, more advanced stages.

Long Beach Medical Center patient, Siitia (Tia) Tuaolo, is a real-life example of the ripple effect of delayed screenings and shared her experience during this special awareness event. Tia was diagnosed with breast cancer during the pandemic. She was only 42. She delayed her mammogram and by the time she was diagnosed, her cancer had already progressed to stage 3.

One night Tia experienced some soreness in her arm, which she attributed to a workout. But while she slept, she turned over, grabbed her chest and felt a large lump.

“Right before I felt the lump, I was in such a healthy phase,” says Tuaolo. “I was working out, eating really good; I had even lost 30 pounds. I felt healthy, I didn’t feel sick, but if I would have had my screening, we probably would have caught it a lot sooner.”

The MemorialCare Breast Center offers the most advanced imaging technology, including tomosynthesis (3D) mammography, to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. Tomosynthesis captures multiple images of the entire breast from different angles to produce high-resolution, 3D images, which provides more accurate results and increases cancer detection rates.

In addition, every mammogram at the MemorialCare Breast Center is read by a team of all female, sub-specialized, dedicated breast radiologists, who focus only on breast care. Research has shown that this focus and experience results in a higher quality, more accurate mammogram.

To schedule a mammogram at the MemorialCare Breast Center, women can call 800-MEMORIAL or visit memorialcare.org/BreastCare.

BetterTogether.Health

Five of Los Angeles County’s largest nonprofit health systems with hospitals, clinics and facilities regionwide announced the newest campaign for their bettertogether.health coalition. With a mission to convince Angelenos to put health first and access care when needed, the public service educational campaign features everyday patient heroes with the theme: “Get Back to Your Doctor. Your Health. Your Joy. Because We Love a Healthy L.A.”

UCLA Health, Providence, Keck Medicine of USC, Dignity Health and Cedars-Sinai pivoted from last year’s campaign of empty beaches, freeways and landmarks to today painting an authentic, intimate mosaic of Angelenos who overcame health challenges as a result of timely access to preventive care. From athletes, entertainers and entrepreneurs to a mom of newborn triplets, an artist and priest, their moving stories are everyday symbols of strength, inspiration and hope. The campaign takes you inside the lives of these courageous heroes who overcame challenges of serious disease and returned to what they love most.

Among issues driving the new campaign are ongoing concerns among health care professionals who see people not seeking timely, preventive and life-saving services, health screenings and medical assistance when critical to do so. Unfortunately, too often the results are late-stage cancers, advanced heart disease, debilitating strokes and other serious medical conditions.

The five health systems – with hundreds of health care locations throughout Los Angeles County – remain committed and available to serving the community’s health care needs, including emergency, primary, specialty and urgent care.

Rather than each health system individually addressing what medical professionals call a “silent sub-pandemic” of those requiring but instead avoiding timely medical services, they remain committed to tackle head-on what has increasingly become a new public health crisis resulting in serious and avoidable health consequences.

These leading health systems united for this purpose since March 2020 know it is their duty to reach out and let people know they are committed to saving lives and maintaining optimal health of the communities they serve.

BetterTogether.Health public service effort includes messages on multi-language TV and radio, billboards, buses, malls, newspapers, magazines, digital, social media and more. Combining resources demonstrates the organizations are in this together, will accomplish more together and will get through this together.

 “As people return to work, school and family gatherings we are still concerned that they have not returned to their annual screenings or health interventions. We must continue to engage our communities to put their health and well-being first,” says Julie Sprengel, president, Southern California Division, Dignity Health Hospitals.

Emergencies don’t stop and neither do the hospitals providing emergency care 24/7. Getting to a hospital quickly for heart attacks and strokes is critical and saves lives. Those exhibiting serious symptoms like chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness in one side of the body or severe headache should seek medical care immediately.

To learn more visit www.bettertogether.health.

MemorialCare Earns National Recognition

MemorialCare has received three American Heart Association and American Stroke Association Gold Plus Achievement Awards for implementing quality improvement measures that ensure cardiovascular and stroke patients receive efficient and coordinated care, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer returns to the hospital.

MemorialCare has also received four American Heart Association outpatient program awards in recognition for their commitment to reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke through improving type 2 diabetes and blood pressure management.

Nearly half of all adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of cardiovascular disease – including heart attack, stroke and heart failure. For patients with conditions that are severe enough to be transported or admitted to a hospital, time is critical.

The American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines programs help reduce barriers to prompt treatment for cardiovascular events. As a participant in Get With The Guidelines programs, MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center and MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center applied for the award recognitions by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for patients.

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