The foundation for changing the effectiveness of the healthcare system is residents taking responsibility and control over their health and wellness. This starts with residents understanding their alternatives for health care access and coverage, adopting wellness and prevention practices for managing health conditions such as obesity, diabetes, etc., and taking advantage of health care coverage and insurance and establishing a health home. Residents must also transform this awareness into action by becoming advocates for creating more equitable and just health care in Contra Costa. Residents must have greater involvement and leadership in determining their health care and the programs and institutions needed by the community.

Health is vital to everyone, but access to affordable and quality health care has not been the same for everyone. Richmond has always had to fight to overcome health disparities, from high rates of asthma to lack of emergency rooms. The Access to Quality Healthcare Action Team is a group of partner organizations, health providers, and resident leaders advocating for the expansion of health services and reduction of barriers to access care across systems for all residents of Contra Costa County regardless of immigration status, race, identify, or income. While there have been many advancement to medicine and health services, there are still many layers of instability and accessibility that keep many Contra Costa Residents from thriving.


  1. The #OneContraCosta Coalition — is made up of local advocacy, community-based, faith-based organizations and resident leaders– urges the policymakers in Contra Costa County to expand access to comprehensive, quality, and timely healthcare for all CCC residents regardless of income, immigration status, background, gender and/or age.

    The #OneContraCosta coalition uplifts immigrant voices and advocates for policies and practices to create a healthcare system that knows how to engage and provide services that immigrants can easily access. We are also advocating that the county provide a basic healthcare program for all who remain uninsured who are above the 138% Federal Poverty Level.

  2. Immigrant Health Alliance — The success of the Immigrant Health Alliance depends on systems partners, CBOs, and Community Health Advocates (resident leaders) meeting at one table to incorporate community experiences into systems practices. The focus of our work is to invite immigrants and refugees (Latino, AAPI, African, Middle Eastern) from across CCC to be in community with system partners and community based organizations.

    Immigrant and Refugee community members will be invited to the IHA table to share their experiences and influence the culture and practices of the organizations that provide healthcare. We will embrace resident voices and meet people where they are at. Community leaders will receive stipends, receive support to participate in power-building trainings from the HCC Resident Leadership Manager, and become Community Health Advocates (CHAs). They will conduct Health Equity Dialogues with other community members to identify the needs and experiences of people most impacted by CCC’s healthcare systems for immigrants. They will share the findings of these dialogues with the broader table and actively participate in the creation of recommendations for healthcare systems based on these outcomes.

  3. Health & Race Equity — This work centers on how to center community voice. We are actively working on campaign strategies to ensure that the community has more power to address the issues they care about in their neighborhoods and community. Our partners are working with Contra Costa Health to develop places and spaces where residents who are most impacted can directly share their experience. How can we develop pilot projects that are co-designed and led by resident leaders, health department leaders and community based organizations? This is the work we are doing on the Contra Costa Accountable Community Health Initiative.

Here’s some of our current partners!

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