Initiatives the Collaborative Supports

“Be Smarter, Drink Water”: The Collaborative is currently working with the City of Richmond and Contra Costa County Health Services to promote water consumption in the Iron Triangle as an alternative to sugar-sweetened beverages. Additionally, the CEAT is implementing a social media campaign to promote use of the hydration stations and the benefits of drinking water.

Free and Reduced Meals Campaign: BBK Collaborative is working to make sure that no child in the BBK Zone goes hungry. Over 16,500 children in West Contra Costa County receive free or reduced-price meals during the school year, but many of these children do not get enough to eat for breakfast or when school is out of session. BBK Collaborative will partner with WCCUSD to identify, register, enroll and serve all eligible students and ensure that low-income children continue to grow and learn during the school day and all summer.

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) initiative: The goal of the REACH initiative is to improve health and eliminate disparities related to chronic diseases in communities of color. Through this CDC grant, The Collaborative is working with the West County YMCA to support the local Community Leadership Team which includes members representing the targeted communities including policy makers, residents, community based organizations, health and wellness, public agencies and citizen’s groups.

Full Services Community Schools (FSCS): the Collaborative is taking a prominent role in supporting the WCCUSD FSCS effort that focuses on partnerships between schools and community. The effort will integrate academics, youth development, family support, health and social services, and community development.