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Health Advisory

Last updated: October 16, 2017, 1:40 pm

How to help North Bay Wildfire Victims:

Wildfire relief organizations prefer monetary donations at this time. For safety reasons, and to avoid blocking emergency traffic, please don’t bring donations to areas affected by wildfires.

Places to donate in Contra Costa:

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has declared a health advisory due to heavy smoke from the North Bay Fires. For more information visit

Health Leads at
 West County Health Center

Through our partnership with Health Leads USA, we connect patients at West County Health Center with needed services and resources addressing underlying socioeconomic issues that affect health.

This partnership, which is supported by a grant from the Kaiser Community Benefit Fund, allows our doctors to "prescribe" services to address issues such as hunger, lack of adequate housing and unemployment. Volunteers at the onsite Health Leads desk help patients find services such as:

  • Health insurance
  • Food pantries and food assistance programs
  • Gas and electric turn-off assistance and discounts
  • Job training
  • Daycare, child care and afterschool programs
  • GED, English classes and college programs

To learn more about how we're working with Health Leads to think outside the exam room, check out this video.