Community Change

Did You Know?

-More than 1 in 5 people in Bay Point live in poverty, more than twice the average for Contra Costa County.

-Bay Point is a small unincorporated community in East Contra Costa County where most residents struggle to make ends meet.

The CHD Difference

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

-Margaret Mead

How does CHD Create Healthier Communities?

Center for Human Development actively advocates improving the environmental conditions that affect the health and well-being of low income communities. CHD provides opportunities for community members to assess their communities and dedicate their time to projects focused on creating healthier, safer, and more equitable community environments. Staff works collaboratively with community leaders, parents, and other agencies to develop prevention strategies and advocate for positive changes in the community, and to influence public policy.


PBCC (Pittsburg Bay Point Community Coalition) 

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs Environmental Prevention Program
  • Primarily focused in:
    • Bay Point
    • Pittsburg
  • Three main goals for the coalition:
    • Reduce underage drinking
    • Reduce underage marijuana use
    • Reduce prescription drug use
  • Community members are the central driving force for creating change in our communities. 
  • Projects are undertaken to change the norms around underage substance use in the community.
  • Involvement includes law enforcement, school officials, and concerned citizens

East County Community Leadership Network

  • The Community Leaders Network (CLN) is a group of residents in East Contra Costa County empowering their communities to create hope and opportunity through solutions to affordable housing, low-wages, and unfair racial displacement. Because the region is experiencing tremendous social and economic changes, the CLN actively advocates for jobs with livable wages, affordable housing, access to transportation, climate justice, and community benefits to improve the quality of life in our communities.
  • In order to voice the concerns and desires of community members who have had the greatest stake in improving neighborhood environments and the health and well-being of low-income people, especially people of color, the homeless, and the elderly, the CLN has offers the following:
    • An Equity Agenda calling for clean industry that keeps our workers and communities’ safe and creates local, good-paying jobs for everyone, especially people of color and low-income people. We also envision open space, small businesses, affordable housing, and low-cost and efficient public transit in surrounding areas.
    • Monthly leadership meetings during which collective action is planned through shared decision-making.
    • Training and Leadership Development opportunities.
    • Opportunities engage policymakers and be heard and provide input into the decision-making processes that address community needs, concerns, and vision for the future.

Contacts & Locations

PBCC – Pittsburg Bay Point Community Coalition

    • Serves the cities of Bay Point and Pittsburg

Community Leadership Network

    • Serves the cities of Bay Point and Pittsburg