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I Am Health

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.

 

  • 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 program services that are working to address these objectives.

African American Health Conductors (AAHC) # understands 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 county-wide.

 

Health Navigator services are provided county-wide 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.

 

 

Helpful Information & Resources

 

African American Health Care Classes and Support Groups

Workshops in Spanish

 

Why CHD?

 

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THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS

 

Contra Costa Health Services – African American Health Conductors, Health Navigator, and Promotora services

 

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CONTACT & 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) 231-8550

 

Pittsburg Health Center

2311 Loveridge Rd, Pittsburg, CA 94565

(925) 431-2321

 

Bay Point Family Health Center

215 Pacifica Ave, Pittsburg, CA 94565

(925) 427-8018

 

# called “Conductors” to pay homage to Harriet Tubman, who shuttled slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad  

 

Access to Services

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 in Richmond, Bay Point/Pittsburg, and Antioch can’t afford health insurance and rarely see a doctor. 

 

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.

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

How Does CHD Aid the Community in Access to Health Care?

CHD’s services provide outreach to community members who are underrepresented. Staff helps bridge program participants to services needed in the system that is sometimes hard to penetrate. Participants are consistently educated and inspired to make healthier choices to reach their emotional and physical wellness.

Reducing Health Disparities Navigators

  • Trained CHD staff delivers culturally-appropriate services to help community members navigate the county’s healthcare system.

  • Navigators assist in establishing ongoing relationships with healthcare providers and advocate for personal responsibility through health education.

  • Services are offered free-of-cost at county clinics in East, West and Central Contra Costa.

  • Based in County clinic locations, CHD reduces health disparities by helping individuals and families in the following ways:

    • 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

African American Health Conductors (AAHC)

  • Address health issues prevalent in the African American community.

  •  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.

Promotoras (Spanish language health promoters)

  • Advocate for services countywide for Spanish-speaking, low income populations. 

  • Promotoras (promotores de salud en español) -Abogan por los servicios en todo el condado para las poblaciones hispanohablantes de bajos ingresos.

Oncology

  • Provide emotional support to patients and their supports, during chemotherapy or lab treatments. 

  • Provide resources for financial assistance for cancer patients. 

  • Proporcionar apoyo emocional a los pacientes y sus apoyos, durante la quimioterapia o los tratamientos de laboratorio. Proporcionar recursos para asistencia financiera para pacientes con cáncer.

Para comunicarse con cualquiera de estos servicios por favor llamar a:

African American Wellness Program (AAWP)

  • AAWP is a program based in East Contra Costa County, and provides guidance to local adult African Americans, aged 18 and up, in achieving emotional wellness and finding positive experiences and structure in their daily lives.
  • In addition to support groups, AAWP offers mental health referrals, community resources, and educational workshops.
  • The Mind, Body, & Soul support groups also provide educational guidance for nutrition and physical activity as a way to promote overall well-being. 
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Contacts & Locations

Promotoras, Oncology, and African American Health Conductors are based in the following locations, but provide services in all county clinics.  Click on any of the addresses to learn more or check out the map to the left.

For general information please call 877-905-4545.