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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Resources for Clients

Contra Costa Health Services is proud to provide services to people living with HIV and AIDS through Parts A, B, and C of the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act (now the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009). The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Programs are designed to assist in the provision of services to those who do not have sufficient health care coverage or financial resources to cope with HIV.

Part A

Part A of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 provides assistance to locales that are most severely affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These funds go from the Federal government to a region – in our case Alameda and Contra Costa which form what is known as a Transitional Grant Area (TGA). In Contra Costa County, Part A funds support Medical Case Management, Oral Health Care, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Health Education/ Risk Reduction, Food, and Transportation. If you are interested in participating in the process which determines priority for local funding and makes recommendations then see our page about Consortium.

Part B

Part B of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provides grants to State departments of health or other State and U.S. Territories which administer public health programs and services. Part B grants include a base grant, the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) award, ADAP supplemental grants, grants to State for Emerging Communities, and an award for Minority AIDS initiative activities.

Contra Costa County is proud to work with the California Department of Public Health to provide ADAP services in our county. In addition, Contra Costa utilizes Part B funds to support Ambulatory Outpatient Medical Care, Oral Health Care, Medical Case Management, Home and Community Based Health Care, Health Education/ Risk Reduction, and Outreach/ Care Coordination. The Part B MAI funds are used to support Outreach/Care Coordination for communities of color.

Part C

The Part C Early Intervention Services (EIS) component of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funds comprehensive primary health care in outpatient settings for people living with HIV. In Contra Costa Part C funds support the West County Health Center. Part C funds support Ambulatory Outpatient Medical Care, Medical Nutrition Services, and Outreach/ Care Coordination in Contra Costa County.

Get Involved

If you are interested in participating in our local efforts to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Contra Costa County, please contact the following group.