Creating Healthier Communities
Did you know?
The median household income of Bay Point in 2011 was $42,646 which was less than the $44,951 reported in 2000, and considerably below the California household income of $57,287.
Bay Point is a small unincorporated community in East Contra Costa County where most residents struggle to make ends meet. Center for Human Development actively advocates improving the environmental conditions that affect the health and well-being of low income communities like these.
How does CHD Create Healthier Communities?
Center for Human Development forms and participates in partnerships that are dedicated to creating healthier, safer, and more equitable community environments. CHD works collaboratively with community leaders, parents, and other agencies to develop prevention strategies, advocate for positive changes in the community, and influence public policy. The organisation takes a leadership role in facilitating alcohol policy coalitions that involve law enforcement, school officials, and concerned citizens. Together with the partners, CHD strategizes how to reduce underage drinking in Contra Costa communities as diverse as Orinda and Pittsburg. CHD is also active in advocating for resources and improving neighborhood environments that affect the health and well-being of low-income people, especially people of color, children, and the elderly.
Community-based coalitions and initiatives:
Bay Point Partnership
East County Alcohol Policy Coalition
Lamorinda Alcohol Policy Coalition
State Incentive Grant (Past Project)
Bay Point Partnership was started more than 12 years ago as a means to give a voice to Bay Point. Since then, its membership has grown to include residents and community-based organizations and public agencies from both Bay Point and the surrounding areas. Their involvement speaks of a desire to cultivate grass-roots leadership and foster relationships that empower the community to shape its own political, economic, cultural, and social future.
Bay Point Partnerships’ 12th Annual Unity in Community is taking place July 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Ambrose Community Center located at 3105 Willow Pass Road. For more information check out the event flyer.
East County Alcohol Policy Coalition (ECAP) was launched in 2008 to serve as a forum where concerned parents, youth, alcohol retailers and law enforcement can work as partners to address the issue of underage drinking in Pittsburg and Bay Point. Given the ubiquitous presence of alcohol outlets in the area, the coalition’s strategy is environmental prevention. The coalition meets every month as well as regularly with the police, schools and local government along with other sectors of the Pittsburg, Bay Point community. The members and staff conduct trainings and assessments of establishments that serve and sell alcohol. This encourages strict self-regulation and works to reduce underage drinking, by strategically eliminating access and changing community norms.
Lamorinda Alcohol Policy Coalition (LCAP) started a year after ECAP, following its success. Like other communities, Lamorinda has an underage drinking problem but unfortunately, does not have many county services to address it. The LCAP coalition uses many of the strategies developed in East County such as the Recognition and Remind Program, in which stores are encouraged and recognized for following the correct procedures involving alcohol sales. The coalition’s work is also at the grass-roots level, in which police work collaboratively with parents to monitor alcohol use in traditional high school events.
Strategic Prevention Framework – State Incentive Grant has enabled Center for Human Development to play an important role in helping research strategies to reduce the retail and social availability of alcohol to underage and excessive drinkers. On behalf of Contra Costa County Alcohol and Other Drug Services, CHD coordinated two projects, in the cities of Antioch and Walnut Creek, included in a nationwide study. The research examined whether community efforts to raise the visibility of local law enforcement activities makes a difference. CHD partnered with police departments to promote the visibility of DUI enforcement, Decoy Operations, and Party Patrols targeting nuisance parties where alcohol is provided to minors. The results of the study will be reported to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) at the end of 2016 to determine new evidence-base strategies, and possible Federal funding.
Helpful Information & Resources
Lamorinda Alcohol Policy Coalition Email Newsletter – SUBSCRIBE>>
Underage Drinking Video (Public Service Announcement Produced by Students at Deer Valley High)
Enforcement Times Newsletter for City of Antioch – State Incentive Grant Project
The CHD Difference
“Unity in Community had so many tables with very practical, useful items to give away — especially the healthy food. Thank you for the invitation to attend. It was really a fabulous event!”
Alcohol and Other Drug Services, Behavioral Health Division of Contra Costa County Health Services for funding the above programs.
For queries regarding a program, please reach out to the following.
Bay Point Partnership
David Carrillo, Executive Director
Lamorinda Alcohol Policy Coalition, and East County Alcohol Policy
Jaime Rich, Environmental Prevention Program Director