Launching a Family-Centered, Neighborhood-Based Human Services System: Lessons from Working the Hallways and Street Corners


The author describes Contra Costa County's efforts to implement Healthy Families 2000, the County's vision of neighborhood-based, family-centered, comprehensive integrated services in two of the county's unincorporated areas, North Richmond and Bay Point. Contra Costa County is one of six bay area counties, northeast of San Francisco. It has nearly 800,000 residents and is home to some of the wealthiest communities in the state as well as some of the poorest neighborhoods. This article provides a systematic review of the process and a discussion of the operating practices and principles guiding Contra Costa's significant effort to change its service delivery approach, anticipating that this experience might be helpful to others as they develop a neighborhood-based human services partnership with community leaders and residents.

Armstrong, K.
Publication date: 
October 11, 2008
Publication type: 
Journal Article