The Healthy Communities Program works with a variety of partners including elected officials, county staff, city staff, community organizations, schools and residents. Together, we assist cities and neighborhoods to improve health and quality of life for residents by reducing traffic injuries, community violence, and exposure to second hand smoke and lead. We also provide assistance in promoting physical activity and access to healthy food.
We accomplish this work through an array of programs that focus on:
Climate Change:We recently identified health impacts of climate change in the county's draft Climate Action Plan. As part of that process, we also analyzed the ways in which actions taken to prevent further climate change can immediately improve people's health, a positive side-effect known as a health "co-benefit." We've also created maps showing where rising temperatures and sea levels will have the most impact in Contra Costa County.
Our work is consistent with practices approved by the Board of Supervisors and Health Services Department leadership. Examples of current and past projects include:
- Planning Integration Team for Community Health (PITCH)
- Richmond Health Element
- Richmond Livable Corridors Project
- Rumrill Blvd Complete Streets Project
- Concord Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Safe Routes to Transit Plan
- Concord, Detroit Ave. Complete Streets