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We hope to connect with you at one of our events. The calendar here displays events hosted by Roots, as well as outside events where Roots is a supporter, sponsor or participant. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us  or fill fill out our event request form! If you use Google Calendar and would like to add all Roots events to your personal calendar, click on the button with the plus sign (+) on it in the bottom right-hand corner below!


February 2018

Roots East Oakland Building Healthy Communities Move-In Day!

Greetings Roots family, Our long-time partner, East Oakland Building Healthy Communities (EOBHC), is moving in! EOBHC is a community-led initiative that we have been part of since the early days of Roots. Many of you already work with EOBHC directly, or have met the team at some point, as we’ve hosted many EOBHC leadership meetings and collaborative events in our conference room. When you’re at the main campus, stop by Suite #4 and meet/say hello to the amazing leadership/staff of EOBHC: Renato Almanzor, Nehanda Imara, Clarissa Rivas and Guillermo Carrillo. We are proud to welcome EOBHC to our East Oakland home, and look forward to working alongside them as neighbors as well as partners in the work! Thanks all,
Noha Aboelata, MD

January 2018

Oakland Homecoming – The Real Work Has Begun

Oakland Homecoming House Renovation

As we enter the New Year, we are humbled and grateful for the outpouring of support we have received to fund our OAKLAND HOMECOMING PROJECT!
Our goal is to demonstrate a scalable model to end homelessness for employable individuals.
To date, we have raised $10,580!
Renovations for our OAKLAND HOMECOMING house are underway and should be completed by the end of January. Centrally located in Oakland’s Fruitvale District, the OAKLAND HOMECOMING house will provide residents with:
– a safe, clean environment to live and thrive
– a dedicated Roots Navigator to support their life plans, and
– a paid apprenticeship at our Clean360 social enterprise

December 2017

Oakland Homecoming

Roots East Oakland Outreach Team Member with Client

Thanks to hard work and dedication of our street medicine and street outreach teams, along with ROOTS visionary leadership, we have designed an innovative program to transition unsheltered, employable community members into housing and employment. We are in the early phases of implementation and ongoing fundraising – stay tuned for updates!

November 2017

Dream Youth Clinic

Roots’ Dream Youth Clinic Exam Room

ROOTS’ newest site is located in downtown Oakland, co-located and operated in partnership with DreamCatcher Youth Shelter. Dream Youth Clinic, named by the youth it servesproudly opened it’s doors in November to provide primary care services to homeless and marginalized youth in Oakland.

October 2017

Peralta Student Health Centers ROOTS COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER now offers medical care and Navigation services at the student health and wellness centers located on Peralta’s Community College District campuses. This collaboration is engaging and linking students with the health services they need, conveniently located on their school campuses.

September 2017

Clean360 Inglewood Grand Opening

Clean360 Inglewood Factory & Retail Store Grand Opening

Roots Community Health Center’s soap making social enterprise, CLEAN360, opened its second soap factory and retail store in Inglewood, California.CLEAN360 is the apprenticeship site for our Emancipators Initiative, which teaches those who have been marginalized from the workforce to make natural, handcrafted bath & body products, while receiving mentorship and support to transition into full-time employment. Expansion of Headquarters

Roots Community Health Center Oakland Clinic Reception Area

Roots’ main campus in East Oakland has undergone major renovations and expansion! Our main CLINIC has 1200 newly renovated square feet housing 4 new exam rooms. We have expanded our Administrative Office as well as our Empowerment Center, where community members can access computers, job postings, housing and other resources, and attend onsite hiring events with our employer partners.

August 2017

Roots Back-To-School Event

Roots Back-To-School Event

Our Annual Back-To-School event at ROOTS’pediatric clinic in Oakland’s Fruitvale District drew over 700 children and their families. Sponsors included Supervisor Wilma Chan and First 5 Alameda County. We gratefully fed attendees delicious BBQ; connected families to our primary care medical home, gave away backpacks, school supplies, bikes, scooters, diapers, car seats, strollers, gift certificates, and a grand prize trip to Disneyland!

July 2017

Neighborhood Empowerment Day

Fun for the whole family at Roots Neighborhood Empowerment Day 2017

ROOTS Neighborhood Empowerment Day is an annual event that engages hundreds of East Oakland community members and dozens of community based partners each year. This year, sponsors included Supervisor Nate Miley, Kaiser Permanente, and several local businesses. We welcomed over 500 people with a hot meal, medical screenings, connection to our medical home, free livescans, benefits enrollment, yoga classes, health education, free food to take home, resources and prizes!

May 2017

Roots South Bay Grand Opening

Roots Community Health Center South Bay Grand Opening (Lt. to Rt.: Walter Wilson; Alma Burrell, Regional Director; Noha Aboelata, MD, CEO; Supervisor Ken Yeager; Supervisor David Cortese; Aquil Naji, COO)

The grand opening celebration for ROOTS SOUTH BAY was a well-attended and historic day! Among our distinguished guests were Supervisor Ken Yeager, Supervisor David Cortese, and community advocate/Roots advisory board member, Walter Wilson. Our South Bay health center is in full swing, engaging and caring for our most vulnerable community members through our Whole Person Care partnership with Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System. Thank you Santa Clara County for your support and for your commitment to eliminating health disparities! First 5 Program Families First

Roots Community Health Center South Bay Families 1st Program

ROOTS SOUTH BAY has partnered with First 5 Santa Clara County and Black Infant Health to bring culturally responsive programs, family coaching and child assessments to the African community.

March 2017

Clean360 Soap Making School

Clean360 Soap Making Class

CLEAN360 hosted our first youth soap making class with students from the Catalyst Foundation for Youth Development. Youth learned about social enterprise, community development, and the process of making natural soap. They enjoyed a meal together and got to take their soap creations home with them!

February 2017

Clean360 Oakland Headquarters Grand Opening

Clean360 Natural Bath & Body Products made by Roots Emancipators – now available in East Oakland

CLEAN360 comes to East Oakland! As part of our commitment to bringing hope and opportunity to our local community, you can now find Clean360 natural bath & body products at Roots main campus in East Oakland. This location allows for additional apprenticeship opportunities as well as integration with our clinical, navigation and empowerment services.

May 2016

Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile

Every time you make a purchase on amazon, you could be supporting Roots! All you have to do is use this AmazonSmile link to start shopping, and Amazon will donate .5% of the price of eligible purchases to Roots Community Health Center. You can read more about how AmazonSmile works here. Remember to bookmark the Roots AmazonSmile link!

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