Research has shown that the social determinants of health – a wide array of psychosocial and environmental influences – are a significant factor in anyone’s health and well-being. Moreover, a series of community health needs assessments have made clear that Far East Contra Costa County (Brentwood, Oakley and small, unincorporated communities in the area) has an inadequate supply of the types of social support services designed to address those social determinants of health, especially for low-income older adults.

Meals on Wheels and Senior Outreach Services (MOWSOS) has long been a respected provider of such services in Contra Costa County, providing everything from home delivered meals and case management to friendly visitors and transportation assistance. That’s why in December 2016, the John Muir/Mt. Diablo Community Health Fund (CHF) awarded MOWSOS a $160,000 annual program support grant to implement an action plan for expanding and deepening the organization’s impact and outreach with low-income older adults in Far East Contra Costa County. Expected outcomes include:

  • The building and deepening of relationships with local stakeholder groups
  • Implementation of a needs assessment to identify service gaps
  • Hiring of a full-time, bilingual care manager for the region
  • The development of sustainable MOWSOS wraparound services at Brentwood and Oakley locations that serve low-income older adults
  • Creation of formal referral processes with:
    • Rotary Home Team
    • La Clínica Oakley Health Center
    • Contra Costa Senior Legal Services
  • Development of formal partnerships with:
    • Sutter Delta Hospital/Community Benefit Department
    • Los Medanos College Nursing Program
    • Ombudsman Services of Contra Costa