5 Ways to Show Up for Racial Justice Today

The scope of systemic racism in this country is overwhelming and infuriating. Race affects everything — how seriously your doctor evaluates your symptoms, your quality of education, your job and housing prospects. And, of course, your likelihood of being harassed, arrested or killed by police, who, in the vast majority of cases, walk away with…

Is your Oakland pharmacy open? Our guide to what’s open, where to get help, and why it matters

Is your Oakland pharmacy open? Our guide to what’s open, where to get help, and why it matters

Chain pharmacies are closed across much of Oakland, but locals are organizing to make sure medicine remains accessible. Many of Oakland’s pharmacies are closed in the wake of protests, riots and looting sparked by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. All 10 of Oakland’s Walgreens locations are closed after some were…

Commentary on Hypertension in a Pandemic and Health Challenges for the Black Community
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Commentary on Hypertension in a Pandemic and Health Challenges for the Black Community

I’ve got a reasonable threshold for pain. Been to funerals and left with dry eyes. But last week I cracked and shed my first few tears of this COVD-19 pandemic. I was reading this article on the science website Elemental about the disproportionate number of African Americans being impacted by the coronavirus, and I just…

Multi-Unit Housing Smoking Ban

In response to San Ramon considering more tobacco restrictions To the Editor: Last Thursday’s article “San Ramon considering more tobacco restrictions” highlighted that City’s efforts to place additional regulations on the sale of flavored tobacco and electronic smoking devices. I commend our neighbors and urge the City of Oakland to continue in its efforts to protect…

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New Site Coming Fall 2018!

  Roots Community Health Center will be opening a new site in East Oakland in Fall 2018. Construction has begun on our ninth site located at 7272 MacArthur Blvd. We are so excited to be expanding our “roots” in East Oakland to provide continually improved service to our community. If you would like to support…

Women’s Health Day
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Women’s Health Day

On Wednesday, May 23rd, Roots Community Health Center hosted Women’s Health Day in partnership with Sutter Health, Lifesaving Images, Breast Cancer Partner, and Lava Mae to offer lifesaving screenings to our community members. This event was an extension of Roots’ ongoing “Welcome Wednesday” events with a focus on female-centered services. Women were provided with free…

Significant Strides Fundraiser Gallery
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Significant Strides Fundraiser Gallery

Thank you to everyone who attended Roots’ very first fundraiser, Significant Strides on March 15th! With your help, we raised nearly $10,000 to support new and innovative programs to uplift the East Oakland community. The evening began with drinks and appetizers while attendees mingled and listened to live jazz. After dinner, Roots Navigators and Program…

Global Giving Update: You Have Turned Our Vision Into Reality
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Global Giving Update: You Have Turned Our Vision Into Reality

Roots Community Health Center is humbled by the outpouring of support we received for our Oakland Homecoming project! Roots launched the Homecoming campaign last November to transform the lives of community members who would otherwise go unrecognized – Oakland’s homeless and unsheltered. Thus far, we have raised $9,195.  These funds helped Roots to purchase supplies, and renovate our Oakland…