CONTRA COSTA API ADVOCACY COALITION
Our mighty team has accomplished much within a short time. Here is a nonexhaustive list of our proud campaign accomplishments.
1.We started with NO money! But through resourcefulness, we have collected through donations 10,000 pieces of COVID rapid testing kits, masks, sanitizer, and emergency/disaster response resources to the community and are in the process of distributing these items now. Overall, we have distributed supplies to more than 6,000 community members.
2. Formed the very first cross-sector, multicultural, API Advocacy Coalition in Contra Costa County with members, allies, and supporters from 20+ groups nonprofits, county systems, and grassroots groups and organizations.
3. Successfully recruited and hired 10 resident Community Health Advocates to carry out various aspects of the project (dissemination of covid information, education, Care Kit supplies, participate in focus groups, creating policy recommendations, presenting at County spaces, and advocating for systems change).
4. Reached approximately 6,000 residents through a combination of direct community outreach, distribution channels, and direct canvassing. Although this project focused primarily on the API community – we are proud to have turned no one way, and served the multicultural community of various races, ethnicities, ages, genders, socio-economic status, etc.
5. Supported the Laotian community in purchasing and distributing large bags of rice to 200+ families facing food scarcity.
6. Organized and held 2 successful community outreach and resource distribution events at the Richmond Farmers market by partnering and leveraging resources from various partner groups and agencies.
7. Surveyed the Nepali community to develop a micro-study – data was partially used to inform the creation of policy recommendations as well as provide insight on the effectiveness of the project’s work.
8. Created a set of policy 9 policy recommendations which were presented to the CCHS Historically Marginalized Communities Engagement Unit by Community Health Advocates which served to uplift the voices of AAPI residents and leaders.
9. Successfully obtained the Contra Costa ERAP (Emergency Rental Assistance Program) grant. Successfully outreached to 6,000 individuals in Contra Costa County and enrolled more than 100 families into the program.
10. Organized a workgroup of 30 diverse nonprofit leaders, county staff, and community members to develop the very first API New Years Celebration in Contra Costa County’s history and broadcasted at the Board of Supervisors.
11. Laotian and Nepali Sexual and Domestic Violence Prevention (SD) Program
Our coalition was successful in receiving a $300,000 multi-year grant from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) Sexual And Domestic Violence Prevention (SD) Program. The coalition researched and designed a dating violence prevention program focusing on the Laotian and Nepali community. Coalition leaders are currently organizing AAPI families to carry out this important program. This program includes a CDC research backed curriculum and workshops empowering Laotian and Nepali parents to prevent dating violence in their children at the middle school level.
12. Chinese Community Capacity Building Program
Our coalition was successful in receiving a $25,000 grant from the Regional Health Foundation to launch a capacity building and advocacy training program focused on the Chinese speaking community. In partnership with NAMI Contra Costa staff to design, develop, and carry out this program – which includes a culturally appropriate training curriculum for 20 community member trainees. The program will conclude with an “Advocacy Day” where trainees will present mental health based policy solutions and recommendations to Contra Costa decision makers.
13. AAPI CARES Health Outreach & Education Project
Our coalition was successful in receiving a $25,000 grant (allocated by the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors) to identify and provide outreach and education to AAPI undocumented immigrants. The purpose of this project is to bring in and enroll undocumented adults into the Contra Costa CARES Program which provides health access for qualifying individuals. Due to the state of California’s decision to expand Medicare for all – this project hopes to bridge this population into the program for long term services.
14. V58 West Contra Costa COVID Vaccination, Healthy & Wellness Festival Event
The coalition was successfully awarded the Vaccinate All 58 Neighborhood Partnership Program to plan and carry out a COVID Vaccination, Health, & Wellness Festival Event for West Contra Costa County. We are excited to partner with our coalition of partners to provide an opportunity for community members to come to receive vaccinations and a variety of social safety net resources all in one event. If you are interested in partnering with us for this project (join us in resource tabling) please contact us.