Welcome our New Director!

We are pleased to welcome Ali Uscilka, MPH as the new Program Director for Healthy & Active Before Five! Ali comes to this position after nine years of teaching, publishing, and engaging the community through a wide range of programs to advance social justice, reduce health disparities, and empower communities. She is skilled in policy research and has extensive advocacy Continue reading

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What We’re Reading – 10/12/16

Corporate Advertising in our National Parks Earlier this year, the National Park Service (NPS) proposed a new policy that would open parks to corporate advertising and allow the sale of naming rights at National Parks. The public comment period on the policy change closed months ago, but the NPS hasn’t made the comments publicly available. Continue reading

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Play is Under Threat

Early this week we read this piece by Dr. Diane Levin, Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College in Boston, published by Community Playthings. Dr. Levin aptly asks “What has Happened to Play?” We knew that play has been on the decline at home for some time now.[i] Television, video games, and the internet Continue reading

photo courtesy of Central County Regional Group

Success of the Detroit Avenue Complete Streets Project Celebrated!

The Monument HEAL Zone‘s Complete Streets Project to improve bicycle and pedestrian access on Detroit Avenue is complete, and all the hard work culminated in a huge celebration at Meadow Homes Park last Saturday! This celebration marked the completion of a 4-year, resident-led project in which Central County Regional Group members, First 5 Contra Costa, residents, Monument Impact, Contra Costa Health Services, Bike East Continue reading