We recognize that residents are more than mere consumers of public health services. In addition to health services, our health department is involved in a variety of community-based activities that engage residents in the planning, evaluation and implementation of health activities in their communities. Many of those services and activities are profiled on this site.
Deciphering Health Plans
The California Department of Managed Health Care has a new online tool designed to help consumers with a number of health-related concerns, including filing an appeal to challenge denial of care. In many cases, these appeals are being granted. The department’s interactive health plan dashboard enables consumers to select and compare health plans; view premium rates and low-income options; find the financial status of health plans; file consumer complaints; and report problems with medical groups. It also offers information for providers (e.g. licensing, payment issues, requests for independent dispute resolution). Visit the site »
Addressing Male Health Issues
Alameda County Public Health Department’s Urban Male Health Initiative works to reduce the premature mortality of men and boys in Alameda County by partnering with agencies to develop strategies that increase healthcare access and continuity of care; improving health outcomes for men disproportionately impacted by certain health conditions and diseases (e.g. African Americans and prostate cancer); and by studying local health concerns unique to or prevalent among men. UMHI also helps link men to services such as specialty clinics, youth services, mental health and counseling, family support, employment and job training. Learn more »