Healthy Contra Costa (HCC), formerly known as Healthy Richmond, convenes youth and resident leaders, community-based organizations, systems leaders, in the initiative to collectively advocate for policy changes to increase health equity and racial justice in the community. HCC staff provides resources and opportunities for our partners to build their advocacy capacity and supports them in keeping resident power building at the center of our work. And it’s working. Our Steering Committee, Action Teams and other partners are banding together to take action on our priority issues, economic revitalization, healthcare access for the most vulnerable populations, education equity, and community safety & criminal justice reform.
Our wins include, but not limited to: a successful #OneContraCosta campaign that resulted in the county adoption of CC Cares – a healthcare program for immigrant adults; the People not Prisons campaign at the inception of the initiative prevented 2 jail expansions, and helped create the Re-Entry Success Center; the Services not Cells campaign led by the CCC Racial Justice Coalition successfully advocated the County Racial Justice Task Force and supported efforts to reduce financial burdens on justice impacted youth and families by eliminating the Juvenile Fines and Fees and Sealing Fee; The City of Richmond’s Health in all Policies framework has ensured that city resources are aligned with and advance health equity goals; the Invest in Youth Coalition launched the #Kids First Richmond campaign that resulted in the formation of a City Department of Children and Youth and a dedicated fund for youth; the Raise Up Richmond coalition mobilized residents the engage with UC Berkeley to negotiate a set of Community Benefits Agreement; ACCE and Safe Return Project led efforts to increase justice promoting investments in affordable housing by supporting rent control & fair chance ordinances, and conducting community forums addressing displacement and gentrification; The North Richmond Resident Leadership Team and Leadership Circle designed the Quality of Life Plan that will guide community development and youth/education efforts over the next 10 years; and finally the Local Control campaign prioritized barriers for education equity and supported parents to advocate on annual policy and funding recommendations that resulted in more resources for support for African American parent engagement, foster care youth, the full service community.
Where are we now in 2020?
The Healthy Richmond Hub is
- Building local leadership and capacity by engaging residents of our community, especially youth, Infusing new leadership into our policy advocacy campaigns to support the active participation of the community in a collaborative process of building local leadership and capacity to disrupt institutional racism and collectively build toward greater racial equity
- Refining the 7 HR campaigns and strengthening the connections with aligned Coalitions such as the CCC Racial Justice and Invest in Youth
- Re launching the new Healthy Richmond website this April 2020 will enable interactive spaces and integrate social media as a way to involve the broader Richmond community
- Initiating a set of racial equity dialogues with Healthy Richmond Resident Leaders & Partners and co-designing a Sustainability Plan that helps guide our vision and strategy into 2021 and beyond
Healthy Contra Costa’s horizon is a demonstration of collective impact and power-building for public systems change – rooted in Richmond – that centers residents and young people to advance healing and the elimination of anti-Black racism across Contra Costa County.
The purpose of Healthy Contra Costa is to strengthen accountability across the county and increase economies of scale for organizational partners by bridging relationships with systems and investing in resident leadership development pathways to engage cross-sector and county-wide issues.
Healthy Contra Costa envisions a transformed community where resident leaders, CBOs and system leaders work together to demand equity in education, economy, healthcare and safety in communities to increase race equity and eliminate racism.
The Healthy Richmond Planning Process - Community Engagement Milestones
In November 2010, the Healthy Richmond Community Plan was completed, and we continue to use this road map to make health happen in our community.