The 2013 East Contra Costa African American Health Improvement Collaborative
is comprised of: East Contra Costa African American community residents, John Muir Hospital, Sutter Delta Medical Center, Contra Costa Health Services, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District, Contra Costa Regional Health Foundation and representatives from other East County non-profits and local churches.
It is the goal of the collaborative to reduce health disparities and inequities for African Americans who reside in East Contra Costa County.
Contra Costa County African Americans
of all ages are disproportionately affected by a variety of health disparities (inequitable differences in health and life expectancy) than any other racial group in the county.
According to the Contra Costa Community Health Indicator Report of 2010,
Contra Costa African Americans have significantly higher rates of death in the county, as well as nationally overall for a number of specific causes of death, including heart disease, cancers (all types combined, female breast cancer, colorectal, lung and prostate) diabetes, stroke, homicide, unintentional injuries, fetal and infant death, and HIV disease.
We are grateful to the Contra Costa African American residents who came and participated in the 2013 Expo
on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, CA. They learned how they as individuals and by working with others could respond to these dire health disparities.
Let us shout
as Martin Luther King
said so eloquently "Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality."- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.