Arnold X. Perkins Award
2014 Awardee | ALAMEDA COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Alameda County Public Health Department application highlighted their work on housing inequities, which includes issues of habitability (e.g., code enforcement), affordability (e.g., rent increases) and access (e.g., resident displacement), focused particularly in low-income communities in Oakland. The work reflects long-term commitments to building an organizational culture focused on addressing health inequities, developing strong relationships with community organizing groups, multi-sector collaborations with advocacy groups and governmental partners, and communicating directly with decision makers o address the root causes of health inequities. Their strategic partnership with Causa Justa::Just Cause, a multi-racial community-based social justice organization, to work on issues of gentrification and displacement is one example.