Oakland Residents Speak Truth to Mayor Schaaf

“We are an oak tree with deep roots, we do not move with the breeze even when the earth quakes; we still stand strong with battle scars,” said James, a 14-year-old East Oakland resident leader to Mayor Libby Schaaf. On May 19th in the old Eastmont Mall, resident leaders met with Mayor Libby Schaaf to express years of frustrations and negative impacts they have personally experienced while living in East Oakland. Each resident leader began their statements to Mayor Schaaf with “I am Oakland Community Neighborhood Voices.” They were in full force, donning black t-shirts with a hashtag on the front that read: #Health4all.... Read more »

CATEGORIES: Blog, Economic Opportunity, Food Access, Health Access, Health Happens in Neighborhoods, Housing, In Focus, Land Use, Peace Promotion, People Power, Transportation

East Oaklanders #GetEnrolled at Home

In March 2014, as the initial Obamacare enrollment deadline approached, we worked with Causa Justa::Just Cause and Alameda County Public Health Nursing to launch a door-to-door enrollment campaign in East Oakland. The unique partnership was a project of our Health Access Work Group, a collaborative comprised of 20 health and community organizations. Our goal was to find and assist individuals and families with the process of registering for a health plan. The assumption was that many East Oaklanders would experience barriers to enrollment. A range of concerns led to the creation of the project: residents wouldn’t know how to enroll or wouldn’t have access to the online forms, there would be language or legal status issues, etc.... Read more »

CATEGORIES: Blog, Health Access, Health Happens with Prevention