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.
Healthy Stores, Healthy Communities
Where can you find abundant unhealthy food choices, alcohol and tobacco? Probably at most retail stores – with much of it marketed to youth. This and many more findings were just released as part of Healthy Stores for a Healthy Community, a statewide campaign formed by tobacco/alcohol prevention, and nutrition partners. Some 7,300 retail outlets were surveyed – 300 of them in Alameda County – to gauge the impact of unhealthy product marketing in the retail environment. For the first time all three categories of products have been analyzed together. Details »
Shelter for colder, wet weather
For cool and rainy weather, our Health Care for the Homeless Program has assembled a list of winter shelter/cold weather resources in Alameda County. In addition to on-going shelters, there are some emergency “warming station” shelters that open only with cold or rainy weather (in Berkeley, Hayward, Fremont). These facilities announce daily when they will be open, and should be contacted first to confirm their status. Bed availability for other shelters can be accessed by calling the toll free 2-1-1 information line, or by calling individual shelters.