2018 Accomplishments

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Healthy & Active Before 5 is proud to share some highlights of our work in 2018!

HAB45 continued to make healthy choices the default choices in community settings with the Pledge the Practice, Pass the Policy initiative. 4 Contra Costa agencies received mini-grants for healthy policies through HAB45’s Pledge the Practice, Pass the Policy Program, supporting healthier environments for more than 1,000 children and 5,000 adults:

  • Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano (Breastfeeding Support)
  • East Bay Town Center Dental (Healthy Food & Beverage)
  • Monument Impact (Deepening Implementation – Healthy Food & Beverage)
  • Concord Jr. Giants (Deepening Implementation – Healthy Food & Beverage)


HAB45 worked to expand access to safe, high-quality parks and outdoor play in low-income communities.

  • In Bay Point, HAB45 partnered with First 5 Contra Costa and the East County Regional Group to advocate for park improvements. Through presentations, public testimony, and individual meetings a total of 12 elected officials have been reached.
  • In Richmond, HAB45 supported First 5 Contra Costa the West County Regional Group to conduct an assessment of 25 parks. Residents completed a total of 288 surveys. Data was analyzed by HAB45 staff and presented to stakeholders.


HAB45 engaged its Leadership Council to build capacity and maximize collective impact.

  • 44 Leadership Council members attended the Spring convening to hear the latest research on the relationship between housing and health for young children and families, receive updates from local advocates, and brainstorm ideas for how to and connect with advocacy efforts to address the crisis.
  • 37 Leadership Council members attended the Fall convening focused on why and how non-profits and service providers can engage in advocacy. Attendees honed their advocacy skills in breakout groups and 12 members completed the HAB45 Advocacy Pledge.


HAB45 represented the early childhood community in broader efforts that impact families and advanced its Public Policy Agenda.

  • Served on the early childhood subcommittee for Contra Costa Health Services oral health strategic planning
  • Attended events related to the housing crisis impacting Contra Costa families
  • Submitted letters in support of policies related to park improvements, sugary drinks, lactation accommodation, tenant protections, and protecting immigrants’ access to social services

Thank you to our funders and community partners for making these achievements possible!

Housing Advocacy

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Housing is one of the most important social determinants of health (https://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/issue_briefs/2011/rwjf70451) for young children and their families.  As part of our mission to advance health equity, Healthy & Active Before 5 hopes to serve as a link between local housing advocates and the broader network of service providers, non-profits, and community members who are part of our Leadership Council.  Together, we are working towards solutions that will ensure that all families have a safe and affordable place to call home.


If you are interested in learning more about the relationship between housing and health, check out some of these reports and other resources:

Change Lab Solutions: Health and Housing Starter Kit

BARHII: Displacement Brief

BARHII: Housing Stability and Family Health: An Issue Brief

The Housing Crisis Hits Home in Concord

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Health and Housing

Urban Displacement Report: Rising Housing Costs and Re-Segregation in Contra Costa County 

Policy Link: Our Homes, Our Future: How Rent Control Can Build Stable, Healthy Communities


Here are some of the organizations who are leading the housing fight and providing vital services in our region.  We encourage you to sign up for updates!

Raise the Roof Coalition (Concord)

Ensuring Opportunity

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

Tenants Together

East Bay Housing Organizations

Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California

Contra Costa Health, Housing, and Homeless Services


Our May 2018 Leadership Council convening focused on challenges and opportunities for housing families in Contra Costa.  Presentation materials from our fabulous speakers can be downloaded below by clicking on the link/title:

BARHII: Housing, Health, and Young Children

Ensuring Opportunity: Housing for Everyone!  Building Momentum for Local Solutions

La Clinica: Assessing housing as a social determinant of health – PRAPARE survey

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing: The impact of housing instability on families with young children

If you would like HAB45 to provide more specific resources or conduct a staff training, please let us know.  Here’s the link to contact us!

We will continue to keep our Leadership Council informed about opportunities to take action on this critical issue.  If you’re not already on the list, join us!

Click here for the link to sign up for our email newsletter! 





Housing for Contra Costa Families – Spring 2018 Leadership Council Convening

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Our Spring 2018 Leadership Council Convening was a huge success! Based on input from our members and other partners, we decided to focus on the current housing crisis and its impact on families. At our last convening, one of the groups created this beautiful prototype of what a community that supported health and affordable housing would look like. This was our inspiration for the event.


We spent the morning reflecting on the importance of housing security for Contra Costa families, and assessing our capacity to take action. We heard engaging and informative presentations from Will Dominie of BARHII and Mariana Moore of Ensuring Opportunity. Our panel of representatives from Contra Costa Interfaith Housing, La Clínica, and Raise the Roof Concord provided many examples of how Leadership Council members can support families by incorporating housing support into their work and advocating for policies to stabilize housing for current tenants and increase affordable housing in Contra Costa (Materials from the presentations can be accessed using the links below).

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After the presentations, attendees worked in groups to create a roadmap for action with ideas for how to get involved in the short, medium, and longer term to support families and add our voices to ongoing housing advocacy. We look forward to continuing this work with our amazing partners! The next Leadership Council event will be held in the fall. Please contact us if you would like to be added to the invitation list.

Roadmap Raz

BARHII HAB45 May 2018

Ensuring Opportunity HAB45 May 2018

EO Housing Snapshot

EO Town Hall Findings

Interfaith Housing HAB45 May 2018

La Clinica HAB45 May 2018

Our Public Policy Agenda

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Healthy & Active Before 5 is a leader in advocating for health equity for young children and their families in Contra Costa County. HAB45 is committed to building capacity and taking action alongside its partners for local policy change. The HAB45 Executive Committee collaboratively determines its top priority areas that shape the HAB45 Public Policy Agenda:


Promote Land Use & Parks Policies that Expand Physical Activity Opportunities: Access to safe places to move and play is an essential ingredient for early childhood health. HAB45 will advocate for city and countywide policies that increase early childhood active play, preserve existing parks, form new parks, foster park safety, create 0-5 playspaces, and provide opportunities for active living in communities.

Prioritize Housing Security: Housing insecurity is a top concern for Contra Costa families. HAB45 works with trusted allies in the housing sector to highlight the needs of families with young children and advocate for policies that Protect tenants from displacement and eviction, Preserve existing affordable housing, and Produce housing that is affordable for low income families.

Advance Strategies to Increase Food Security: All Contra Costa families deserve access to affordable, healthy foods in their community. HAB45 supports policies at the organizational, local, and state level that increase access to fruits, vegetables, and clean water where children learn, play, and grow. HAB45 will also continue to support policies that promote breastfeeding and lactation accommodation in diverse settings.

Advocate for a Robust Safety Net: HAB45 is committed to advocating for a safety net that provides high-quality, comprehensive, and culturally relevant services to support the mental and physical well-being of all Contra Costa children, regardless of race, ethnicity, income, immigration status, or region.

In addition to these priority policy areas, HAB45 takes on additional advocacy activities in order to respond to current and emerging community needs. These include, but are not limited to, policies that promote economic security, early childhood education, mental health, health care, and racial and immigrant justice.