East Oakland

Background

Background

East Oakland Building Healthy Communities brings together residents, community-based organizations, businesses, health care providers, and government agencies to work towards improved community and individual health. The ultimate goal: a thriving East Oakland.

In East Oakland, demographic shifts have been dramatic. Neighborhoods that were once predominantly African-American are now 53 percent Latino, 26percent African American and 18 percent Asian/Pacific Islander.

East Oakland Building Healthy Communities is leveraging the community’s deep history, active residents, and strong partner relationships to address a range of issues, including high unemployment, youth and adult leadership development, and the impacts of development projects on air quality, transit, and affordable housing. With a range of other projects and campaigns under consideration for 2015 and beyond, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities is working hard to promote the health and well-being of all East Oakland residents.

East Oakland Community

Quick Facts

Quick Facts

  • $45,000 in mini-grants have been awarded to support youth-led projects impacting East Oakland neighborhoods.
  • East Oakland BHC partners supported the landmark Oakland Army Base Redevelopment Good Jobs Policy, which ensures the project will create 1,800 more living wage jobs for local residents, including those with barriers to employment.
  • Nearly a quarter of Oakland’s workforce is set to receive a wage increase following the approval of a recent ballot measure supported by East Oakland BHC partners that increases the City’s minimum wage to $12.25 per hour with sick days.

Focus Areas

Focus Areas

Residents and partners in East Oakland Building Healthy Communities are driving change across many systems and issues. The map below gives a snapshot of the breadth of their actions (click the boxes under each category to learn more), followed by more information on the top four priorities for the coming year.

Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
Health Happens in Schools
School Climate
  • Discipline Policies and Practices
  • Anti-Bullying and Code of Conduct
  • Youth Leadership
  • School Policing
  • Parent Engagement
  • Restorative Justice Practices
  • Sons and Brothers / Boys and Men of Color
  • Teacher Engagement/Organizing
School Wellness
Health Happens in Schools
School Wellness
  • Nutrition Policies
  • Healthy Food Zones Around Schools
  • School Teaching Gardens
Comprehensive Supports
Health Happens in Schools
Comprehensive Supports
  • Behavioral Health Linked w/Primary Care
  • Behavioral Health
  • Teen Health/Peer Education
  • Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • Career Pathways
  • Teacher Engagement / Organizing
Local Control Funding Formula
Health Happens in Schools
Local Control Funding Formula
  • School Site-Based Leadership Development—Student, Parent, Teacher Engagement
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Environments and Food Systems
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Food Environments and Food Systems
  • Food Policy and Zoning
  • Healthy Eating Programs
  • Food Procurement Standards & Practices
  • Community Gardens
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Land-Use Planning and Anti-Displacement
  • Walkability and Bikeability
  • Healthy Development Guidelines—Resident Leadership Engagement
  • Affordable Housing
  • Preventing Displacement Through Equitable Development—Resident Engagement
Community and Economic Development
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Community and Economic Development
  • Housing Conditions and Affordability
  • Open Space
  • Community Benefit Agreements
  • Transit Oriented Development—Resident Leadership
  • Neighbor Night
Environmental Health and Justice
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Environmental Health and Justice
  • Air Quality
  • Ports and Goods Movement
Systems that Restore and Heal
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Systems that Restore and Heal
  • Trauma Informed Healing
  • Restorative Practices
  • Juvenile Justice—Victim Offender, Restorative Justice Diversion, Systems Reform, Re-entry
  • Law Enforcement—Trauma-Informed and Restorative Justice, Community relations, Gang Injunctions
  • Jail/Prison System—Prevention, Realignment, Reentry
  • Violence Interruption
Healthy Youth Opportunities
Health Happens in Neighborhoods
Healthy Youth Opportunities
  • Public Funding for Youth
  • Youth Civic Engagement and Leadership
  • City Public Safety Resource—Community Engagement
  • Afterschool Programs
  • Career Pathways/Job Training
  • Healing and Restorative Justice
  • Youth-led Grantmaking Board
  • Youth Ambassadors Program
Health Happens in Prevention
Public Health
Health Happens in Prevention
Public Health
  • Public Health Analyst/Health in All Policies
  • Cross-Sector Leadership for Equity
  • Public Health Nursing/Community Organizing Partnership
Coverage, Care and Community Prevention
Health Happens in Prevention
Coverage, Care and Community Prevention
  • ACA Education and Outreach
  • Public Benefit Awareness
  • Medi-Cal and ACA Enrollment
  • Healthcare Access Policy and Advocacy
  • Systems for Remaining Uninsured
  • Health Homes
  • Community Health Centers
  • Culturally Responsive Healing and Wellness Centers
  • Multi-Service Enrollment Hub
Health Care Services
Health Happens in Prevention
Health Care Services
  • School Based Health Centers—Behavioral Health
  • Health Care Service Integration
  • Cultural Competency and Language Access
  • Career Ladder Programs/Workforce Development
  • Community Action Research—to identify health access gaps and opportunities
  • Expanding Health Access Points

 

  • Health Services  Access: The East Oakland BHC Health Access Work Group supports insurance enrollment and promotes efforts to ensure access to prevention and medical services. Its subcommittees are focused on data collection and analysis to inform future policy change efforts to assist the uninsured.
  • Healthier Neighborhoods: The Land Use Work Group is advancing multiple efforts to create healthier neighborhoods. With broad community partnership, they are creating Healthy Development Guidelines—a proposed set of planning guidelines that would require any new development projects to consider health-related impacts on residents and the environment.  There are also ongoing efforts to assess food access issues for East Oaklanders.
  • Work For All: The Economic Opportunity Work Group is focused on projects that create real jobs with livable wages and benefits.  The Health Careers Pipeline is a project to facilitate job training and placement in allied health careers. Work For All was a regional summit that brought East Bay residents and organizations together for a deep discussion on creating an inclusive economy for groups such as youth, the formerly incarcerated, and immigrants.
  • Community Leadership: The Resident Engagement and Leadership (REaL) Team is advancing multiple efforts to support adult and youth leadership and community connections. Neighbor Nights are community building events planned for and by East Oaklanders to celebrate the arts, culture and history of East Oakland. East Oakland Cares are activities that engage REaL Team members in supporting families experiencing violence and trauma. The Youth Leadership Board awards mini-grants to young people for community projects and helps to plan engagement opportunities for East Oaklanders. The Youth Ambassadors are young men and women nominated to represent East Oakland at statewide activities convened by The California Endowment.

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Sandra Davis
Program Manager, East Oakland

Sandra Davis, program manager for East Oakland, first joined the foundation in 2005. Before joining The Endowment, Davis was a program officer/consultant for the Broad Reach Foundation, and before that, a Community Program Fellow with the Tides Foundation. Davis has considerable experience as a community organizer, serving as director and lead community organizer for People United for a Better Oakland, as founding director and lead organizer for Sisters in Portland Impacting Real Issues Together, and lead trainer and senior community organizer for the Center for Third World Organizing. Davis, a resident of Oakland, has been published in journals and was awarded the Bannerman Fellowship for Outstanding Young Organizers. She earned her B.A. in Political Economy and History from Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington.

Contact
Name
Jasmine Hall
Title
Project Assistant
Address
1000 Broadway, 5th Fl Oakland, CA 94607
Phone
(510) 268-4152
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