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Protect Yourself From Flu


Last updated: January 19, 2018, 12:14 pm

California and Contra Costa are seeing high levels of flu activity. We remind the community to take the following steps to prevent the spread of flu.

  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you’re sick

People with flu like symptoms should call their health plan's Advice Nurses to get help with self-care or to help them decide if they need to visit an urgent care clinic, make an appointment with their health care provider or go to an emergency room. Rarely is emergency room needed for flu or respiratory issues.

Contra Costa Health Plan members and Contra Costa residents who do not have health coverage can call 1-877-661-6230 and select option 1 to speak to an Advice Nurse.

See more information about flu and flu prevention.

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Continuum of Care

Volunteer/Advocate



On any given night in Contra Costa County, there are roughly 3,800 people experiencing homelessness...

The Continuum of Care/Council on Homelessness offers several volunteer opportunities for groups and individuals who want to make a difference in their local community. Help support efforts to provide much needed services and supports to homeless individuals and families in our county.


Homeless Awareness
Project Homeless Connect
Point-in-Time Count

  • Homeless Awareness

    Homeless Awareness Toolkit

    National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week takes place the week before Thanksgiving every November. The Contra Costa Council on Homelessness, on behalf of the Homeless Continuum of Care, has developed a Homeless Awareness Toolkit to promote events happening in the month of November and connect individuals with ways to become educated about homelessness, become involved in activism and find volunteer opportunities.


  • Project Homeless Connect

    Project Homeless Connect is focused on helping the homeless by bringing together multiple services and resources to one place at one time. On-site services include medical and mental health screenings, legal advice, shelter, youth services, employment, and more. Volunteers help homeless and at-risk individuals navigate the various services, answer questions, and share the experience of the event.



  • Contra Costa needs volunteers for an annual count of its homeless population.

    Point-in-Time Count

    Each year in January, Contra Costa's Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC), with the help of community volunteers, conducts a comprehensive point-in-time count of families and individuals experiencing homelessness. The point-in-time count tallies information about people sleeping in emergency shelters and transitional housing as well as people sleeping in cars, in abandoned properties, or in other places not meant for human habitation. It provides a one-day snapshot of homelessness and includes data about families, youth, chronically homeless, veterans, as well as gender, ethnicity, and race.

    In late January, we will need volunteers to help us gather information during daytimes hours at service and community sites throughout the County. Volunteer training sessions will be held in various sites in the week before the count. If you are interested in volunteering for the Point in Time Count, please fill out a volunteer interest form.