Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless
Quarterly Newsletter
January - March 2020
In The Spotlight
ACHCH StreetHealth Staff Visit the Capital
On February 5th, Aislinn Bird, MD, MPH and Seth Gomez, PharmD, BCPP were invited by Words to Deeds, a project of the Forensic Mental Health Association of California to visit the California State Capital to present on the StreetHealth model and services Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless provides.

This was a critical opportunity to describe and demonstrate the value of street medicine services to our community and clients we serve.

Words to Deeds advocates and creates policy movements to decrease forensic interaction among individuals who have mental health conditions and create a space to highlight best practice models of health services to vulnerable populations. 

It was an honor to present our work to such a wide audience of people who are committed to finding the best solutions to care for our most vulnerable neighbors. With this opportunity, ACHCH is hopeful that this will motivate even more support for street health programs to deliver care to individuals who may otherwise not be able to access health services for our county and beyond. 
Data Dashboard
Our Impact in 2019:

Total patients served by ACHCH: 10,827
Street Health Services
Patients: 776
Visits: 3,452

Shelter Health Services:
Patients: 1,250
Visits: 2,289
Behavioral Health Care:
Patients: 954
Visits: 3,587
Locations: 5
Mobile and Clinic-based Dental Care:
Patients: 739
Visits: 2,539
Locations: 8
Optometry Care:

Patients: 1,000
Visits: 1,589
Locations: 2
Primary Care
Trust Health Center:
Patients: 1,546
Visits: 13,527

Alameda Health System:
Patients: 6,374
Visits: 18,456
Substance Use Services:
Patients diagnosed with substance use disorder: 1,400

Patients received services for opioid use disorder: 155

Locations: 10
In The News
Medical Respite
Alameda County Health Care Services Agency is taking a lead in increasing the number of medical respite beds in the county and increasing coordination and learning among existing medical respite providers. With funding from Alameda County Care Connect, the County contracted with LifeLong Medical Care to open a 27 bed medical respite in West Oakland. The site opened in September 2019 and accepts referrals from Alameda Health System inpatient and Street Health.

The addition of 27 medical respite beds increases the total number in the county to 91 (BACS 42, EOCP 20 and Abode 2). The County is also supporting Alameda Point Collaborative to open 50 new beds in 2022.

ACHCH has been holding quarterly meetings with respite providers with the second meeting held in January. These meetings provide an opportunity to give providers information and training about resources, hear from the providers about operational and system challenges, and joint problem-solving and planning.   
Opioid Overdose Responder &
Naloxone Training
Since 2016, reports of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses and emergency room visits related to opioids have increased substantially, some by more than 60% in Alameda County. An ongoing threat to our community is the rise of a synthetic opioid, fentanyl, that is increasingly being found in the illicit drug supply chain. To help address this, Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless is offering additional opioid overdose response and naloxone training. Join us at one of our upcoming training events to learn more about what you can do to save a life and our community. Contact Kathy Barron at for more information.

KCBS developed an hour long program focused on mental health services that addressed a wide range of issues including care for unsheltered populations, programs for victims experiencing a mass incident such as Gilroy, and school programs addressing similar trauma.
ACHCH and the StreetHealth team were interviewed by a KCBS reporter who shadowed the team during an encampment visit in the fall of 2019. Click here to listen to the short clip of the segment.

ACHCH StreetHealth Team Wins 2019 CSAC Challenge Award

California State Association of Counties (CSAC) awarded the Health Care for the Homeless StreetHealth team the Challenge Award for 2019. The Challenge Award program spotlights the most innovative programs developed by California's Counties. Congratulations Team!
ACHCH Commission
LtoR: Gloria Cox-Crowell, Laura Guzman, Lynette Lee, Fr. Rigoberto Caloca-Rivas, Shannon Smith-Bernardin, Claudia Young, Lois Bailey Lindsey, Julie Lo (Not pictured: Ana Bagtas, Michelle Schneidermann, Sam Weeks)
New ACHCH Commission Chair and Co-chair

Health Care for the Homeless announced Laura Guzman and Gloria Cox-Crowell as Chair and Co-chair, respectively, of the ACHCH commission. We are grateful for their commitment to ACHCH and the communities of Alameda County.

A huge thank you to Boona Cheema and Lynette Lee who have lead the commission for the last few years.

Commission meetings are open to the public. Visit our website for more information.
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Alameda County Health Care for the Homeless
384-14th Street
Oakland, CA 94612-3208