ALAMEDA COUNTY HEALTH CARE
What We Do
Linking health and education to change lives...
We work with partners from across the health and education sectors to develop school-based and school-linked strategies that support children’s healthy development from cradle to career.
The Center strives to excel in five core competencies:
1. Cultivating Dynamic Partnerships
We bridge the gap between health and education by convening and nurturing dynamic partnerships with youth, families, schools, health providers, and other community stakeholders. Together, we define a shared vision, develop joint strategies, and coordinate resources into an integrated continuum of care for children and families. We facilitate stakeholder engagement, program planning, and partnership agreements; and we develop coordination structures that support communication and collaboration.
2. Seeding Innovation
Effective programs and practices are critical for supporting student health and academic success. We identify successful school health strategies and program models based on national best practices and locally proven results. With input and wisdom from local providers, educators, youth, and families, we then develop, customize, and bring to scale effective service delivery models that meet the needs of the many diverse communities in the county.
3. Integrating Services and Systems
We work to reconfigure resources so that students have easy access to the supports and services they need to succeed in school and in life. At the school level, we support educators and school-based providers to integrate health and wellness supports with academic strategies. We also work at the systems level with school districts and county agencies to identify resources and programs that can be better integrated and coordinated to maximize their impact on the well-being of youth and families.
4. Building Capacity
Investing in the development of individual providers and organizations strengthens their ability to implement best practices and achieve shared goals. We facilitate professional development workshops and ongoing communities of practice for school health service providers to help them build their leadership capacity and advance solutions to complex health and education equity issues. We also provide coaching and consultation services to school districts and partner organizations to support the development of integrated school health strategies across public and private systems. Finally, we lead ongoing evaluation and quality improvement efforts to help our partners measure impacts and refine strategies.
5. Supporting Sustainability
With a deep commitment to sustainability, we develop smart finance strategies that leverage public and private funds to support youth and families. As part of the local county health authority, we bring expertise in local, state, and federal public funding sources that support health and wellness for families. Across all our programs and initiatives, we work from Day 1 with our partners to develop shared investments and plan for sustainability.