ACPHD's Goal

Quality education is a human right. All school-aged youth in Oakland will have access to a quality, comprehensive education in an environment that is safe, healthy, socially supportive, academically stimulating and competitive with other schools, and that prepares them to graduate, achieve their education/career dreams and goals, and be productive members of their communities.

Background Information

Currents Projects

Addressing Chronic Absenteeism Project: The Education Workgroup is helping to coordinate Alameda County Public Health Department's Chronic Absenteeism Project. The goals of this project are to determine the extent of chronic absenteeism due to chronic illness, identify gaps in service linkages and provide recommendations in order to reduce absenteeism, particularly in the early grades. In an initial program phase, ACPHD, in collaboration with community partners, agencies, and programs, will partner with one or two school districts that are ready to determine the extent of the chronic absenteeism issue, identify the most vulnerable populations and schools in the early elementary grades, and explore best practices, strategies and future interventions with the greatest potential for improving childhood health and decreasing absenteeism rates. Findings from this initial program phase will result in recommendations for further partnerships, interventions, infrastructure needs, and how to address service gaps, and will provide implications for replication in additional Alameda County public school districts. Please contact Anna Lee for more information (contact information listed below).

Equity Based Budgeting Health Impact Assessment: With funding from the W.K. Kellog Foundation, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) Place Matters team embarked on an HIA of school funding policy in Oakland, CA. The HIA considers different ways of addressing equity in school funding to improve academic performance through teaching quality, family and student engagement, access to health and support services at schools, and safer school environments. Through the process of this HIA, the Place Matters team was invited to present to an OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) task force considering improvements in the school funding formula. Partner organizations also used the preliminary HIA results to discuss bringing a health equity perspective to other issues they are working on. Partners include: Alameda County Public Health Department, Alameda County School Health Services Coalition, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson's office, Attitudinal Healing Connection, GO Public Schools, Human Impact Partners (HIP), Oakland Unified School District, Research, Assessment, and Data (RAD), and West Oakland Education Brain Trust. The final report on this project is set to be released in early 2013. For more information, please conact Katherine Schaff at or 510-267-3239.

Other Resources


ACPHD Testimonies on Education

Meeting Details

Day: 1st Wednesday of the month
Time: 9-11am
Location: Rotates between 1000 Broadway and 1000 San Leandro Blvd.

Contact Us

Anna Lee
Workgroup Coordinator

Darlene Fujii
Workgroup Coordinator

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