We Create Healthy Communities

As a not-for-profit, community-based health system, we believe that it is our responsibility to help create healthy communities in the areas we serve. Our goal is to provide quality care to everyone who needs our services. We do this by listening to the needs of our community’s residents, then responding with programs that provide access to quality health care.

In 2016, John Muir Health contributed more than $121 million to our community benefit activities, with 91% going specifically toward the community members most disadvantaged in terms of health and wellness. We are proud of these numbers, which are consistent with our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve with quality and compassion.

Residency Program Focus On Vulnerable Populations


"Impressive quality of care. Providers here very clearly care about their patients, not only their medical care, but also their personal lives and experiences, and I am appreciative for the opportunity to have had such positive role models in my learning experience."

J.S. - UCSF 3rd year medical student
 

We partnered with the community to co-design the training curriculum for our Family Medicine Residency Program by inviting community members to participate in our Vulnerable Population Health Curricular Group. In addition to their feedback for our program, we are currently conducting a research project about this vulnerable population, with the assistance of our family medicine residents. These diverse perspectives from the community add value to our curriculum that may not exist at other residencies.

We built our residency curriculum with a flexible schedule that allows residents to engage in meaningful, longitudinal community and population health training, advocacy and action.

Our training curriculum provides extensive, hands-on experience and leadership development for improving the conditions, lives and health of our communities. We integrate our residents into many of John Muir Health’s Community Benefit and Improvement Programs.

Residents are released from direct clinical training on Thursday afternoons, allowing for participation in group workshops and community engagement projects. Our workshops focus on family physician leadership development at a clinical, organizational and greater community level. Residents are assigned throughout the county to serve in leadership roles, in which they engage with community members and leaders to address the many health challenges our vulnerable populations experience including:

  • Homelessness
  • Limited access to health and social services
  • Limited access to healthy food choices such as farmers markets
Mobile Health Clinic

Bringing primary medical care directly to the streets of underserved communities, the John Muir Health Mobile Health Clinic  eliminates barriers of transportation and access for some of those who need care the most. Our Mobile Health Clinic program is partnership-based and volunteer-driven, serving patients across the county.

Our residents are an integral part of the Mobile Health Clinic, which operates for three hours most Saturdays and sees about 400-500 patients per year. The truck is also used by other Contra Costa County services to deliver care to thousands of others, including the homeless in Concord, Antioch and Bay Point.