The Board of Directors of the Los Medanos Community Healthcare District is working for the improvement of Pittsburg and Bay Point community health and wellness programs.
Our accomplishments to date include:
- The former hospital building reopened as the Contra Costa County Pittsburg Health Center in January 2002 after three years of extensive building renovations.
- The first grant of $15,000 in the LMCHD Grant Program was approved in February 2001 to purchase two additional dental chairs for the local Pittsburg La Clinica Dental Clinic on East Leland Road.
- In May 2001 , the Board of Directors committed $20,000 per year for two years to the LMC Nursing Program which allowed the hiring of an additional nursing instructor in the registered nursing program and resulted in an increase of 12 additional nursing students being trained to help in reducing the critical nursing shortage.
- The LMCHD Eyeglasses Grant was approved in 2001 in partnership with Site for Sore Eyes in Pittsburg and Dr. Eileen Linder in Antioch to provide eyeglasses for needy elementary school children. To date this program has provided eyeglasses to over 60 children.
- In August 2002, the following grants were awarded:
A $17,397.98 grant to the Bay Point Family Health Center for the purchase of two air driven compressor dental units with attachments as well as a cavitron/scaler to be used for deep scaling and cleaning in their children's dental project.
A $13,750 grant to Diablo Valley Aids Center for the distribution of food and vitamin supplements to AIDS patients in the Pittsburg/Bay Point area.
A $10,000 grant to New Connections in downtown Pittsburg who provide counseling for AIDS and substance abuse patients.
- In January 2003, a partnership was approved with the Contra Costa County Health Services Department to initiate a pilot program on childhood obesity. The program is the N.E.W. (Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness) KIDS PROGRAM. It was developed because intervention is the only program that works with children, and obesity leads to heart conditions and diabetes. The program will include a clinical portion and physical activity and will be presented with the Healthy Neighborhood Program by the Health Services Department.
- In January 2003, the Student Eyeglasses Grant was amended to include preschoolers in need of corrective eyeglasses and funding approved for 25 children to be referred for eyeglasses with the possibility of increasing funds if needed.• In June 2003, the Board of Directors committed $25.000 per year for two years to the LMC Nursing Program which allows the hiring of an additional nursing instructor in the registered nursing program and provides funding for the Nursing Department clerical staff which will result in an increase of 12 additional nursing students being trained to help in reducing the continuing critical nursing shortage.
- In June 2003, the Board of Directors approved expanding the Student Eyeglasses Grant to include all schools District wide so that middle school and high school students in need of corrective eyeglasses will be included. When the initial $15,000 grant funds are spent, the Board will consider increasing funding for this grant.
- In October 2003, the following grants were approved and will be awarded in November:
A $10,000 grant to Diablo Valley Aids Center for the distribution of food to individuals and family members impacted by HIV/AIDS in the Pittsburg/Bay Point area.
A $10,000 grant to New Connections in downtown Pittsburg for youths and family substance abuse services.
A $26,000 grant to support the Stoneman Village Meal Program for senior and disables residents of Stoneman Village and Stoneman Village II.
A $10,000 grant to Loaves and Fishes of Contra Costa County to purchase food for meals during the next fiscal year for people in the Bay Point/Pittsburg area.