Reducing Health DisparitiesReducing Health Disparities

Did you know?

  • African Americans have the county’s highest rate of death from high blood pressure, infant death, diabetes, and asthma hospitalization
  • Contra Costa’s most disadvantaged families in Richmond, Bay Point/Pittsburg, and Antioch can’t afford health insurance and rarely see a doctor

Born from a need to address the glaring health disparities of the disadvantaged in Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) has partnered with the Center for Human Development (CHD) to offer specialized services, to reach the area’s diverse populations.

How does CHD Reduce Health Disparities?

Trained CHD staff delivers culturally-appropriate services to help residents navigate the county’s healthcare system. They assist in establishing ongoing relationships with healthcare providers and advocate for personal responsibility for their clients’ health through education. This service is offered free-of-cost at county clinics in East, West and Central Contra Costa.

Based in the clinics, CHD is reducing health disparities by helping individuals and families in the following ways.

Promotora Staff discusses health services with client

Promotora Staff discusses health services with client

  • Establish a primary healthcare “home” with a doctor or clinic
  • Obtain initial medical and dental appointments
  • Apply for publicly funded health benefits
  • Talk with their healthcare providers about medical issues

CHD has several services that are working to address these objectives.

African American Health Conductors (AAHC) # addresses health issues prevalent in the African American community. AAHC is also part of the Transitions Clinic Network, a community-based intervention program that provides transitional care and serves as a primary care medical home for parolees with chronic medical conditions. The program operates countywide.

Health Navigator services are provided countywide for English-speaking, low-income populations.

Promotoras (Health Promoters) are Spanish-speaking community workers who connect residents to the healthcare services and provide them with culturally-relevant prevention education, so they can lead healthy, self-sufficient lives. The services are offered in the Contra Costa Health Service clinics throughout Contra Costa.

The CHD Difference

“I am very grateful to the doctor and the excellent community work of the Promotoras with the prenatal group. My pregnancy was high risk but because I participated in the prenatal group and learned about how to take care of myself and my unborn child I feel that my life and the life of my baby was saved.  My baby was born at 8 months healthy and we are both doing well.  Thank you. ”

“Estoy muy agradecida con La doctora y el grupo de promotoras desempeñan un gran trabajo en la comunidad latina y un trabajo excelente. Mi embarazo fue de alto riesgo pero el participar en los grupo prenatales en Brent wood salvo la vida de mi hijo y la mia con sus cuidados y enseñanzas mi niño nacio de 8 meses y estamos bien. gracias.”

 – A Prenatal Group participant at the Contra Costa Health Services’ Pittsburg Health Center

Thank You

Find out how you can support and contribute to CHD services.

Contact and Locations

Staff is based in the following locations, but provides service in all county clinics.

West County Health Center
13601 San Pablo Ave., San Pablo, CA 94806
(510) 231-1335

Pittsburg Health Center
2311 Loveridge Rd, Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 957-5553

Bay Point Family Health Center
215 Pacifica Ave, Pittsburg, CA 94565
(925) 427-8018