CHULA VISTA COMMUNITY COLLABORATIVE
                              PARTNERS MEETING MINUTES
                                     October 11, 2011
                                     9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

              Location: Turning the Hearts Center, 345 5th Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91910

  The Mission of the CVCC is to “Enhance community partnerships to develop and implement coordinated
                              strategies and systems for future generations.

The CVCC monthly meeting offers agency/informational presentations, time for networking, and a resource table
                  for literature/handouts. All meetings are open, no RSVP required.

1) Margarita Holguin, CVCC Director, welcomed everyone. Partners introduced themselves and the
   agency they were representing. Margarita noted the cookies/pastries were a donation from Panera
   Bread. CVCC distributes day-old bread to families through their family resource centers.

2) Chula Vista Welfare Council – Susan Gardner. The Chula Vista Welfare Council is a small group
   of volunteers carrying on the mission of Anne & William Hedenkamp to fight childhood hunger in
   Chula Vista. The group started in 1958, and is not related to any government “welfare” program.
   Annually they collaborate with partners to put on a food drive through the CV Elementary School
   District schools. They are in need of: 1) Donations of peanut butter or funds to purchase peanut
   butter. 2) Volunteers to help sort & pack from beginning November 28th from 6-8 p.m. The
   sorting & packing takes two weeks, but volunteers can help 1 or more nights. 3) New members.
   Meetings are 9 a.m. on the 1st Wednesday monthly at Norman Park Center. Handouts were on the
   resource table. For information or to volunteer to pack call Ginger Hartnett at 425-9600 x1760. A
   short video was shown.

   Margarita announced that this year GOYA Foods will donate 600 lbs of rice and beans to the drive.
   Also, peanut butter will be collected at the next two CVCC meetings – goal 600. Margarita will
   send out a reminder.

3) Cilantro to Stores - Genevieve Fong. The Cilantro to Stores program is new in Chula Vista and the
   goal is to implement fresh produce into areas that don’t have access. Four stores will partner with
   them to carry fresh produce in their stores: Broadway Liquor, 151 Broadway; Bobar Market
   & Gas#8, 600 F St.; Sunset Market & Liquor, 985 Broadway; and Eagle Liquor Market, 1296
   3rd Ave. Technical assistance will be given to store staff on how to handle and store the produce.
   Genevieve presented a video that educates on eating produce that is “in season”. They are also
   working to introduce “Monthly Harvest Program” into local schools. Genevieve asked CVCC
   partners to get the word out to families about the 4 stores in the program. Handouts were on the
   resource table. For more information call 409-5888.

4) HHSA – Low Income Health Program – Julia Palmer. Julia handed out and reviewed a flyer with
   information about the LIHP (Low Income Health Program). Discussion followed on qualifications
   and Julia explained that eligibility workers have a list of criteria they review with the client which
   allows for each case to be individualized. Clients can apply by visiting the HHSA Family Resource
   Centers or on line. The HHSA website is Additional
   information can be found on or by calling ACCESS 1-866-262-9881.

5) Meals4Hunger – Tisha Tyler. They are a local non-profit started in 2008. Meals4Hunger is
   interested in developing CV partnerships. Tisha presented a brief PowerPoint on their program.
   Their 3-Point Plan is Education, Business Partnerships, and Outreach. Information was provided on
   their Great Start! Breakfast Program, Partnership with Caribbean Taste, We’ll Pick Your Fruit For
   You program (volunteers come and pick your excess fruit and deliver to seniors and families in the community).
   Handouts were on the resource table. Meals4Hunger will be having a fundraiser on Wednesday
   Nov. 30 from 2 pm to closing at 3 Chula Vista Stores – Rancho del Rey, CV Center, and
   Eastlake. Required flyer will be posted on the CVCC website. They are looking for volunteers,
   partnerships, and donations. For more information on their programs visit,
   or call 1 (800) 916-0954. You can also e-mail Tisha at

6) Dental Health Initiative SHARE THE CARE - Elaine Pizzola. Share the Care program is a
   private/public partnership with two goals. First to find children with emergency dental health issues
   and second to inform the community on oral health. They have developed a partnership with school
   nursed who call an emergency line Monday-Friday to link families to emergency services. They are
   also providing instruction and training for dentists, medical professionals, dental staff, etc on what’s
   new and upcoming in dental health. Flyers were on the resource table. For more information
   contact (6910 692-8858 or visit

7) CRC Health Group –Shahan Suzmeyan and Dr. Jelyn Young explained their treatment options for
   drug dependency/abuse. Length and type of treatment is individually based. Free assessments are
   made by phone, and treatment is sliding scale and Medi-Cal accepted. Their clinic is located at 1161
   3rd Ave. in Chula Vista. Handouts were on the resource table. For additional information call (619)
   498-8260 or visit

8) San Diego County Vector Control Program, West Nile Virus – Sharon Untiedt. Vector Control
   is responsible for the monitoring and control of animals or insects that transmit disease. West Nile
   Virus is transmitted by mosquitoes get the disease by biting infected birds and then biting humans.
   Seniors and children are most likely to get the disease. For more information log on-to or call 1-888-551-INFO (4636). Discussion also covered what to do
   about standing water. Mosquitoes can develop in 1 week during warm weather in ½ inch of water.
   Handouts were available on the resource table and they have free materials for distribution. (When
   asked after the meeting on how to deal with a senior who collects rain water for watering their
   garden and doesn’t want to dump it, Sharon suggested purchasing DUNK from Home Depot to put
   in the water. It is non-toxic.)

Announcements – Chris Ross announced Heather has a form at the check-out table for partners to enter
information to be posted to the CVCC website: and added to the minutes.
       Southwestern College will have open enrollment for their nursing program on Oct. 20. Flyer
        available on the resource table.
       Turning the Hearts Center – Ignite what’s right 5K walk will be Sunday, October 23rd beginning
        at 8 am from Rohr Park. Funds used will assist and promote bullying prevention. Flyer
        available on the resource table.
       National Drug Take Back day will be October 29th from 10:00 – 2:00 at a variety of locations.
        More information on Flyer available on the resource table.
       Gracia Y Paz Convenant Church will be holding an 8 week program at the YMCA Teen Center
        at 820 Paseo Ranchero starting October 20 at 7:30 pm. They will provide child care during the
        class at no charge. For more information call 600-0178..
       Gracia y Paz, in coordination with Interfaith Committee for Workers Justice and Employee
        Rights Center, will be holding a workshop on November 5, 6 pm at the MAAC Project on 1387
        3rd St Chula Vista. For more information call 600-0178. Flyer available on the resource table
       14th Annual MEETING of the MINDS, Behavioral Health Conference & Resource Fair will be
        Thursday, Nov. 10th at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley. Registration forms were
        available on the resource table. For additional information call (619) 543-0412 x 110.
       South County Career Center will host a CAREER PATHWAYS IN HEALTHCARE job fair on
        Tuesday, October 18 from 10-1 at the Bonita-Sunnyside Library. Flyer available on the
        resource table.
       Es Dificíl Ser Mujer 6-week workshops will begin Tuesday, October 18 at Vista Square
        Elementary. Workshops are in Spanish only. Flyer available on the resource table.
       Underage Drug Use workshop will be October 21 at Otay Elementary 8:30-10 a.m. in Spanish
        only. Flyer available on the resource table.
       San Ysidro Health Center will be offering AIDS testing at North Gate market on Oct. 14 from

Partners signing in:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of SDC, Jessica Lopez
Braille Institute, Rosie Rascon
Cancer Detection Programs, Jane O’Sullivan
Chula Vista Elementary School District, Susan Gardner (school nurse)
Chula Vista Community Collaborative, Rosanna Schiaffino (Open Door FRC)
Community Health Improvement Partners, Genevieve Fong
Community Research Foundation NVSF, Michael Cordova
County of San Diego HHSA, Julia Palmer, Jorge De La Toba, Barbara Gee
County of San Diego Vector Control, Sharon Untiedt
Family Health Centers of San Diego, Nissa Leyva
Fleet and Family Support, Briana Quinn
Fred Finch Youth Center, Michelle Foy, Ana Garcia, Gema Mártir
Heathnet, Jaime Rubio
Home Start, Silvia Garcia, Eliza Mena
IPS. South Bay Community Change Project Areli Perez
Leukemia Foundation, Jose Montes
MAAC Project, Leticia Belmontez
Meals4Hunger, Tisha Tyler
Meals on Wheels, Chequita Falls,
Mental Health America of SD, Laura Andrews
Nueva Vista Family Services, Rebecca Loperena
PC & Associates, Patty Chavez
Regional Allied Health & Science Initiative (RAHSI), Sany Ramirez
San Diego Cnty Office of Ed, James Garcia (Foster Youth Services), Corina Padilla, Maria Delia Mejia (Migrant
     Education), Lemuel Villalazo (Foster Youth Services)
San Diego Adolescent Pregnancy & Parenting Prog. (SANDAPP), Nency Mercado (case worker)
Senator Juan Vargas’s Office, Aaron Allen
SCTCA Tribal TANIF, Richard Henley
San Ysidro Health Center, Irma Enriquez (Otay Family Health Center), Rafael Lopez (Healthy Steps),
     Elizabeth Berry (CALMA/CUIDAR), Lucia Salcedo,
Silvercrest Independent Living-Salvation Army, Michelle Miller
South Bay Community Services, Graciela Cabral, Celeste Smith, Sally Fimbres-Rumpf
South County Business Service, Diane Rose
Survivors of Suicide Loss, Bonnie Bear
Sweetwater Union High School District, Lorraine Almendarez, Toni Terrazas (Categorical), Armando
     Melendrez (Independent Studies High-Southwest)
Turning the Hearts Center, Alejandra Aceves, Belinda Varela,
UCSD Dental Health Initiative – SHARE THE CARE, Elaine Pizzola
University of California, Gabriela Bernal (Upward Bound)
YMCA, Maria Romero (Child Resource Service)

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