Contra Costa Health Services
Vaccine Equity Initiatives
San Francisco Department of Public Health
San Francisco's Safe Return to In-Person Learning
Ventura County Health Care Agency
Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Mobilizing Health Equity by Vaccinating the Most Vulnerable
UC San Diego Health
Mobile Vaccination Units: Providing COVID-19 Vaccinations to Populations in Need
Riverside University Health System
Controlling Blood Pressure in the Midst of a Pandemic
Top Honor - Contra Costa Health Services
Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) vaccine distribution efforts aimed to close the equity gap by expanding access in communities and neighborhoods that have been historically disadvantaged and developing an engagement strategy built on long-term, trusting relationships with community partners. From opening brick and mortar sites in the most at-need communities to hosting mobile clinics at churches, mosques, markets, restaurants, homeless encampments, shelters, businesses, ship vessels, schools, and affordable housing complexes, CCHS has provided over 27,000 mobile vaccine doses at nearly 300 unique locations throughout Contra Costa County.
Innovation - San Francisco Department of Public Health
In March 2020, when San Francisco schools transitioned to distance learning, many students became at risk for falling behind educationally, physically, and psychosocially. To chart a path to return to in-person learning, the San Francisco Department of Public Health provided guidance, policies, and procedures that would allow the reopening of K-12 schools in the 2020-2021 school year.
Care Redesign - Ventura County Health Care Agency
Poor health can be both a cause and result of homelessness. Less than 30 percent of people experiencing homelessness who are insured have ever seen their primary care physician, have twice the length of stay when hospitalized, and spend 740 percent more days in the hospital than people who are housed. By addressing these challenges outside of the scope of the traditional health care system, Ventura County Health Care Agency (VCHCA) is meeting the needs of its most at-risk patients. Through working collaboratively with partners such as Cities, public safety, and private non-profits, VCHCA has established a network to address complex social, political, environmental, and health equity concerns.
Population Health - Los Angeles County Department of Health Services
Identifying and reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) – stressful or traumatic experiences that occur before the age of 18 – creates opportunities to prevent the long-term health and psychosocial impacts associated with toxic stress. Los Angeles County Department of Health Services launched the ACEs-LA initiative, which consists of three programs – CALQIC-LA, SHARK clinic, and the Network of Care – to effectively screen for and respond to families impacted by adversity and toxic stress.
Health Equity - Kern Medical
Kern County is the third-largest county in California with nearly all of its population living in medically underserved areas. In an effort to vaccinate the vulnerable populations in the community, Kern Medical created fully functioning clinics in remote areas of the county, where there are limited resources and access to care. Through these efforts, Kern Medical has not only administered close to 12,000 vaccines since March but has been able to build trust and connect previously unengaged patients to care.
Honorable Mention - UC San Diego Health
San Diego is home to a large international community, connecting communities between Mexico and the United States, as well as serving as a hub for refugees and asylum-seekers from around the world. It became an immediate priority to vaccinate this population due to how hard-hit they have been by the pandemic. In a multi-pronged effort, UC San Diego Health deployed Mobile Vaccination Units to the San Diego Refugee Communities Coalition to vaccinate the refugee community in San Diego as well as to San Ysidro, California to vaccinate over 10,000 maquiladora workers employed in Baja California, Mexico.
Honorable Mention - Riverside University Health System
The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating impacts on chronic disease management. Widening disparities around COVID-19 infections, including the significant morbidity and mortality impact on patients with comorbidities within the Hispanic and African American community, highlight the challenges the patient population face in dealing with a pandemic and their own health care needs. To improve the rate of blood pressure control, Riverside University Health System (RUHS) implemented a multidisciplinary approach which has resulted in an increase in blood pressure rechecks and subsequent improvement in overall blood pressure control.