Los Medanos Community Healthcare District Honored with
2013 Exceptional Public Outreach & Advocacy Award
PITTSBURG, Calif., Sept. 19, 2013 – Los Medanos Community Healthcare District (LMCHD) received a 2013 Exceptional Public Outreach & Advocacy Award from the California Special District Association for its summer internship program, which allows youth to engage and benefit the local community.
Over the last four years, LMCHD has hosted young adults transitioning from foster care to independent living in their summer internship program. The program is designed to provide youth with a unique work experience and to create an environment for youth to work on a team-based, grassroots community outreach project. The internship's mission is to bring public awareness to a public health issue and to introduce youth to healthcare professions.
This year’s interns organized a public outreach presentation related to environmental justice by researching and developing a campaign targeting air pollutants affecting their community. During the course of 60 hours throughout the summer, they analyzed data and then composed and distributed a survey regarding the quality of air in Pittsburg, Calif.
Using their research and focusing on public policy, the interns presented their findings to the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Pittsburg City Council and the African American Health Empowerment Collaborative, with representatives from the Contra Costa Public Health Department, Contra Costa Workforce Development Board, LMCHD Board of Directors and Assembly Member Jim Frazier in Sacramento.
“The Board of Directors is proud to host this internship program and glad that youth can conduct needed outreach to the community,” said Bobbi Palmer, CEO of Los Medanos Community Healthcare District. “Congratulations to this year’s interns – Mariana, Da'Jon, Kathryn, Nakia, Johneshia, Erica and Elena.”
"Inspire by Example" was this year's program theme and the interns named themselves, “Pollution Busters."
Palmer accepted the award on behalf of the passionate work the interns accomplished. Several of the interns started their freshmen year at Los Medanos Community College and will be honored at LMCHD’s next Board of Directors Meeting, slated for Oct. 14.
About the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District
Created by state legislation and launched by voter approval in 1947, Los Medanos Community Healthcare District serves the communities of Pittsburg, Bay Point, Clyde, Clayton and unincorporated Antioch by cultivating a community in which good health may flourish by providing community-based, community-funded healthcare service to the District’s residents.
Los Medanos Community Healthcare District
2311 Loveridge Road Pittsburg, CA 94565-8698