San Pablo Area Revitalization Collaborative is building a lasting community support system and infrastructure that enables all individuals and institutions to live the healthiest life possible.
- East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
- Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
- Alameda County Public Health Department
In partnership with:
- East Bay Housing Organizations
- St. Mary’s Center
- The City of Oakland Planning and Housing Departments
- The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
- LifeLong Medical Care
- People’s Grocery
- Healthy Communities
Obstacles to Health and Identified Health Challenges
- Years of housing, school, and job divestment
- Urban planning issues including food deserts, expensive housing/rental market, illegal dumping/blight, crime, lack of safe green spaces
- Lack of jobs
- Chronic disease, mental health issues, reduced life expectancy
The San Pablo Revitalization Collaborative (SPARC) targets a rapidly changing historic African American community in Oakland, CA that has become significantly more diverse over the last 15 years.
More than half of the community spends a third or more of their income on housing and almost a third of the residents live below the poverty line. Furthermore, there is a high unemployment rate among residents. High levels of air pollution, very few jobs, limited resources, and food deserts have all contributed to the community’s chronic health disease, mental health issues, homicides, and reduced life expectancy.
SPARC will reduce health disparities rooted in historic divestment, institutional racism, and physical decline. The project seeks to restore residential pride in the community in four areas:
- Health: Prevent and control high blood pressure among residents in order to reduce emergency room and hospitalization rates of at-risk populations.
- Community and Housing: Target blighted hot spots and transform them into safe, open spaces created by residents for residents; increase the number of affordable housing sites and reduce the number of residents who have to move due to rising rents.
- Economy: Create a vibrant business corridor by supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs; implement job training and asset building programs.
- Partnership: Recruit more leaders and raise the funds needed to implement work and track the Collaborative’s impact.