Joshua Johnson , Operations Specialist, Roots Community Health

Community Advocacy & Capacity Building

Roots is committed to eliminating the health disparities that burden marginalized communities, and a critical part of that work is advocating for just policies and systems change. 

The 40×40 Initiative is a collaboration between Roots Community Health, Black Cultural Zone Collaborative and the, Brotherhood of Elders Network and the East Oakland Youth Development Center.
The initiative is working together to improve health and quality of life for this area of East Oakland, which is disproportionately affected by systemic and generational racism impacting the health and security outcomes of this community.

Those who are most impacted by systemic inequities are instrumental in the effort to change them. Roots provides opportunities for leadership development and civic engagement, and partners with our community to advocate for just policies and systems change. 

Patients and community members are better advocates for their health when they have timely, accurate information and trusted health education and information.

Roots brings together residents, agencies, businesses and organizations for collective impact. We provide mini-grants and fiscal sponsorship, and host community listening sessions and forums to build community capacity to address our own challenges.

Our team of professionals undertakes original research, population studies and critical evaluation projects aimed at addressing root causes and achieving health, equity locally and nationwide.