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Ashland Cherryland Community Health + Wellness Element

Alameda County, CA


Raimi + Associates worked with the Alameda County Community Development Agency and Public Health Department to create the Community Health and Wellness Element for the unincorporated communities of Ashland and Cherryland. Key health topics included: social equity, and environmental justice.

As part of the process, Raimi + Associates partnered with local advocacy organizations to create a robust community engagement effort. R+A facilitated Wellness Advisory Committee meetings, hosted community workshops, attended community events, conducted a community health survey and focus groups. The R+A team also developed an interactive project website, mapped and analyzed existing health conditions, assessed policy alternatives, and worked directly with community partners and other public agencies throughout the planning process. The Health Element was adopted in 2014 and was seen as a model of how to incorporate into other county planning efforts.

Client: Alameda County Community Development Agency

Timeframe: 2013 - 2014

Click here to view the final plan!


  • First Health Element adopted in Alameda County.


  • Bi-lingual community engagement efforts including door-to-door outreach,
    community workshops, street fairs, and a Wellness Advisory Committee.


  • Bi-lingual Quality of Life Survey with 450 youth and adult participants.


  • Process highlighted as a case study in the Spring 2016 issue of NACCHO
    Exchange (public health magazine).

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