New Funding for CA HHS system reforms

New funding gives states and innovators tools and flexibility to implement delivery system reform in California Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new delivery system reform efforts made possible by the Affordable Care Act that offer states and innovators tools and flexibility to transform health care. CA HHS announced twelve prospective recipients […]

Breastfeeding support for Latina mothers in Concord

Local health promotion organizations are teaming up to improve breastfeeding support and education in the Latino community by training more Spanish-speaking peer counselors. The effort—a collaboration between Healthy & Active Before 5 (HAB45), Contra Costa Health Services’ Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, and Monument Impact—is training  Spanish-speaking community health advocates or “promotoras” to provide […]

Bonilla Bill to protect children in mixed martial arts

Bill approved by Governor Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 1186, by Assemblywoman Susan A. Bonilla, which will protect young athletes who participate in full contact mixed martial arts events. “This measure is a high priority because it strengthens protections for the health and well-being of our children who enjoy these sports,” said […]

Signs posting potential closures of fire stations

Signs placed near local fire stations will bring public awareness of potential for additional fire station closures in January 2014 Martinez, CA – The prior closures this past year of 5 fire stations and 7 engine companies has placed the Contra Costa County Fire District and the communities protected by it, at great risk. Response […]

California seafloor mapping reveals wealth of data

Seafloor mapping program a coalition of multiple partners and agencies SANTA CRUZ, Calif.  Science and technology have peeled back a veil of water just offshore of California, revealing the hidden seafloor in unprecedented detail. New imagery, specialized undersea maps, and a wealth of data from along the California coast are now available. Three new products […]

Contra Costa County Library’s digitizing history

Remember & Go: Memories of a Lifetime in Contra Costa County Library embarks on a local history digitization project The Contra Costa County Library is the recipient of a $49,000 Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded by the California State Library to create Remember & Go, a database of historical photographs, artifacts, and other important items […]

The California Red-legged Frog a local endangered species

by James Hale: The California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii) is endemic to California, and ranges from extreme northern Baja California, Mexico through the northern half of the state. It is most common in the Coast Ranges and occurs in isolated, disjunct populations in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. It is apparently absent from […]

Contra Costa County Library launches enki Library!

An eBook platform developed by libraries, for libraries.             Contra Costa County Library and the Califa Library Group are pleased to announce the beta launch of enki Library (enkilbrary.org), a library-driven and library-developed open source eBook platform which expands the Douglas County (CO) model to serve multiple libraries in California.  Frustrated […]

County Library hosts Memories of a Lifetime

New Facebook page includes Interactive local history:                   Contra Costa County Library recently launched a new Facebook page called Memories of a Lifetime in Contra Costa County. The page allows residents and anyone interested in the history of Contra Costa County to contribute to a fun and interactive local history initiative […]