Central and East Contra Costa County have a large number of health care facilities (hospitals, long-term care facilities, community clinics, and others), a shortage of trained people to staff those facilities, and a large number of unskilled, low-income residents seeking jobs. The combination presents a unique opportunity to better meet the health care needs of the area’s MediCal patients, while also providing a career pathway for individuals who may not be able to achieve economically sustainable employment without broad professional, educational, and personal supports.
To take full advantage of this opportunity, the Community Health Fund has provided a grant of $200,135 to Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa & Solano, Opportunity Junction, Mt. Diablo Adult Education and NorCal Care Centers to implement the first phase of a three-year initiative aimed at creating a regional response to address the health care staffing shortage, while also developing and supporting new career opportunities for low-income Contra Costa residents.
Expected activities for Phase I, which will take place from November 2018 – December 2019, include: