Press Releases & Op-Eds
Where do people in Alameda County go when they are uninsured and need free and low-cost health care? What is the capacity of Alameda County’s safety net to serve uninsured residents? This report provides an overview of the network of community health centers and other safety net providers in Alameda County, the number of people served, and other important planning information about health care services for low-income people.
In 2007, the Alameda Health Consortium worked with the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to organize a series of public forums on health access. This report summarizes the results of the forums, still relevant today.
Imagine being hospitalized and unable to understand or communicate with health care providers surrounding you. Inadequate language access policies and procedures in the hospital setting can result in medical errors and poor patient experience during the most acute episodes of a patient’s health care journey. In 2004 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, Asian Health Services, and the Alameda Health Consortium conducted a survey of hospital language assistance services. This report shares best practices for hospitals that want to ensure that all patients receive accessible care.
Over the past 40 years, community health centers have grown from small, volunteer efforts to established health care provider organizations responsible for serving thousands of patients. This report contains proceedings and interviews from the 2004 Power of Community in Health conference, which featured perspectives from local and nationally-recognized health care leaders.