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Because health is determined by Social conditions.

At a Glance

The places where we live, work, play and learn affect our health, including in the extended East Palo Alto community. To live a healthy life, advances in our community are needed not only in health care but also in education, childcare, housing, access to food, our environment, youth, business, law, media, community planning, creativity, safety and transportation.

In order to be healthier, we need access to RESOURCES to help us meet our essential needs and we also need to join together in unity with purpose to ADVOCATE for ourselves and our community.

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Resources

In order to provide the extended East Palo Alto community with up to date information on resources which can meet the needs of the community, our Community Advocates have been surveying our community to determine those areas where individuals and families have difficulty getting information. Based on this survey, we are gathering information on resources and contact information in these necessary areas and are developing a Resource Guide which will be regularly updated. This information is not guaranteed to be all of the services available and should not be relied on as the only source for obtaining information. We will keep the information as updated as possible. We welcome suggestions from the community on further resources, relayed by text or phone message at 650 327-7894 or by email to communityadvocates@herbanhealthepa.org.

Resource Guide

By and For East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks Residents

The following information has been gathered by our Community Advocates in response to community requests for reliable information for our extended East Palo Alto Community (East Palo Alto, Belle Haven,
NorthFair Oaks). Adequate information is necessary in order to have a healthy community.
This Guide has a Creative Commons Attributions No Derivatives License (Don’t change or sell it; but please feel free to share it).

Opportunities for Growth:

Education, job training, recovery services, starting a business

Quality of Life Support

Services for families, children, youth and teens,seniors, people with disabilities, families of incarcerated people. Access to affordable services

Support for Mind, Body, and Spirit

Housing, food, health, creativity, exercise, meditation, churches

Community Safety and Support

Legal services, municipal services, environmental concerns, community planning, transportation, safety

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Advocacy /
Speak your mind

Everyone wants the best for themselves and their families and everyone has something to contribute.

Unity requires effort and an intentional process, and we need to be united to achieve a healthier community and stronger families. In the extended East Palo Alto community we value different cultures and we want to create space to share across ethnic, socioeconomic and generational differences.

The places where we live, work, play and learn affect our health, including in the extended East Palo Alto community. To live a healthy life, advances in our community are needed not only in health care but also in education, childcare, housing, access to food, our environment, youth, business, law, media, community planning, creativity, safety and transportation.

Moreover, we continue to expand our list of community resources, we are hoping that you who have used resources and found them helpful or have been unable to find the help you need will give your comments here so that others can benefit from them as well as help us to advocate for change.

The East Palo Alto+ Health Collective

The EPA+ Health Collective is a project of Herban Health, a nonprofit organization providing free holistic healthcare to the community, and its Organizing Committee includes Antonio Noriega, Isaac Olvera Jaimes, Gregorio Prieto, Q Smith, Gladys Salinas, Cristina Toledo. The goal of the Collective is to develop and promote a community network of individuals and organizations to work together to share the voices of the community and advocate for community level action to improve the health of the community.

Join and Become a SUPPORTER Only Requires:

  • a commitment of the health and well-being of the Extended East Palo Alto Community (East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, North Fair Oaks)
  • the desire to hear the voice of every community member and advocate for change
  • Interest in working in alliance: neighbors, friends, organizations

To Join: leave a voice mail or text “Supporter” at (650) 327-7894 with your name and contact information and you are in! You will be on the list for receiving information (only if you wish)

The SECOND ANNUAL COMMUNITY GATHERING of the East Palo Alto+ Health Collective was held on March 15, 2024, and the NOTES TO SUPPORTERS are shown below:

After reviewing the comments from this gathering, we suggest that the following three areas are top priorities for the attendees.  For the interested individuals and organizations in East Palo Alto (Belle Haven and North Fair Oaks), please consider which of these areas you would like to join with other community members to work on:

  1. Improved walking space: Interested community members can meet as a group with East Palo Alto city staff to develop a plan to increase community spaces where those wanting to walk safely can do so. Belle Haven and North Fair Oaks can meet with their representatives as well but we will be starting with East Palo Alto, TO MEET NO LATER THAN JUNE 30, 2024.
  2. Services for youth, elders and single parents: Almost everyone in our community gathering were concerned about services for youth, elders and single mothers. For those of you who want to support presentations on existing services for these three groups and how we can advocate for more services. DISCUSSION MEETING TO TAKE PLACE NO LATER THAN JULY 31, 2024
  3. Health care information: There was almost universal agreement in our community meeting that health care (including mental health) is considered a major problem for our East Palo Alto, Belle Haven and North Fair Oaks communities. Therefore our Health Collective is planning a community meeting to take place NO LATER THAN SEPTEMBER 30, 2024, where all organizations working in healthcare that affects East Palo Alto, Belle Haven and North Fair Oaks will come to answer questions from the community.

Please text us at this number 650 327-7894 and leave your name and telephone number and what you would like to work on and we will get back to you: improved walking space (#1), services for elders, youth, single parents (#2), health care information (#3).

We hope you will join us to keep working on the health of our community.

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Discussions, Forums, Blogs, Newsletters on Healthcare

Regularly this site will host the opportunity for anyone to listen and engage in a variety of topics that are relevant and informational for the health of individuals and families, particularly for those in the Extended East Palo Alto community.

We are very pleased to announce the arrival of our EAST PALO ALTO+ HEALTH NEWSLETTER.  Issue #1 can be found here (in ENGLISH or SPANISH).  Please share with others in your community and we welcome any comments and feedback.