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


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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