About Roots

Founded in 2008, Roots Community Health Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to improving the status of health of East Bay residents. Roots implements its mission by providing high-quality, comprehensive and culturally appropriate health care, by implementing direct service models to increase access to care and thereby prevent the need for emergency services, and by coordinating cross-agency liaisons to ensure a more efficient, continuum of care in East Oakland. Roots Community Health Center was founded to address the growing need for accessible, culturally appropriate, community-responsive, comprehensive health care in Oakland, California.  Specifically, Roots aims to eliminate wide health disparities and improve health outcomes for uninsured and low-income residents of East Oakland. Learn more about those disparities in this video from The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities initiative, in which we participate:


Roots Community Health Center brings preventive and comprehensive primary care, wraparound services and empowerment programs to residents in and around the “B-Ville” zip code described in this video. We’re changing the odds – advancing health equity for all East Oaklanders.

Our Mission

The mission of Roots Community Health Center is to eliminate Oakland’s health disparities by providing culturally competent, comprehensive healthcare, mental health, and wraparound services, and by emphasizing self-sufficiency and community empowerment. Roots Community Health Center accomplishes its mission by providing top-quality healthcare, conducting community-based participatory research, and offering opportunities for rehabilitation, education, training, and employment to reduce poverty and dependency in our community. Roots implements its programs and services while honoring the “roots” of culture, heritage, and tradition; by providing unprecedented access to services; by remaining community-aware and community-responsive; and by establishing partnerships to ensure a more efficient continuum of care in Oakland.

Learn about our staff and leadership.

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