Approximately 1/3 of San Francisco’s Blacks live in the Bayview/Hunters Point district. Over half of the land in San Francisco zoned for industrial use is located in the Bayview/Hunters Point area, creating poor air quality and significant environmental health conditions. Residents of San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood have an average life expectancy that is 14 years shorter than their counterparts on Russian Hill. The Bayview has the highest number of children in San Francisco but the lowest number of pediatricians.
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We work closely with several non-profits to advocate for programs and services that will reduce health disparities in San Francisco.
African-American Community Health Equity Council
The African-American Community Health Equity Council (AACHEC) is an independent community body in collaboration with the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s African-American Health Initiative. The mission of the Council is to be a powerful advocate for health in San Francisco and to close the gap of negative health disparities affecting people of African descent by gathering and sharing health information and resources that promote effective health policies, community action and wellbeing.
AACHEC has examined research on health disparities and has sought input, energy and public policy recommendations from residents of the city’s neighborhoods with the highest Black populations (Western Addition, Bayview/Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley-Sunnydale and Oceanside-Ingleside-Merced). The resulting policy recommendations, which focus on physical health, mental health and environmental health, come from the heart of the community and are intended to impact and support a reduction of disproportionate illnesses and death in the Black community.
Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement
The Bayview Hunters Point Foundation for Community Improvement (BVHP Foundation) brings a rich history of mental health services and youth interventions to the partnership. For more than half of its 45-year history, BVHP Foundation has been contracting and delivering mental health services to the target population, including conducting mental health assessments, facilitating mental health support groups, and providing individual counseling sessions. In addition, for more than 25 years, the Foundation has provided youth services to a network of schools in the San Francisco Unified School District in need of early health intervention.
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services
Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Services (BHPMSS) has addressed the health disparities of low-income African-American and minority seniors and persons with disabilities for over 45 years, and currently provides programs based in the Bayview/Hunters Point and Western Addition neighborhoods. BHPMSS operates three senior centers and an adult day health care, providing nutrition/meals/food distribution programs, case management, housing counseling, money management, transitional housing for homeless veterans, and services for people who have previously been incarcerated. Due to the comprehensive nature of services at BHPMSS, clients get increased access to a wide variety of safety net assistance once they interact with any one of the agency’s individual programs.