EconomicWellnessThe Economic Wellness Initiative is a community-based, county-wide effort that addresses the vital role economic conditions play in family and community health. With over half of Sonoma County families living paycheck to paycheck, our community's well-being is currently at risk.

To address these growing health and economic disparities, the Economic Wellness Initiative was formed in January 2014 by Health Action, a framework and leadership team that supports and coordinates Sonoma County's shared vision of being the healthiest county in California. Health Action recognizes that access to healthcare is only one piece of the puzzle for helping people stay healthy, and that income is a root cause of health disparity in our community. In Health Action's 2013-2016 workplan, economic wellness was identified as one of three priority areas, with an over goal that "...Sonoma County families have the economic resources to make ends meet, and lead a long and healthy life."

Learn more about Economic Wellness.

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November 21, 2022

Housing & Homelessness

From Homeless to Housed: Labath Landing The City of Rohnert Park’s unsheltered population has increased fivefold in 7 years to over 250 people in 2022. From Homeless to Housed focuses on the people and institutions addressing homelessness in our communities. We hear from those designing and…
November 01, 2021

Science for Kids and Families

Peer into the world of wildlife with Critter Cam and learn from the host Tracey Simmons as they explore and explain wildlife facts of all sorts of creatures from butterflies and bobcats to owls and otters. WATCH VIDEOS
October 11, 2021

Brightline Defense Air Quality

Executive Director Eddie Ahn of Brightline Defense is a passionate advocate for the underserved of San Francisco. We climb up to the roof with he and his team as they install an air quality sensor near a busy City freeway interchange so that it can start monitoring pollution there. Data collected…
September 30, 2021

Silicon Valley Water Purification Plant

Valley Water Board Chair Tony Estremera proclaims: "In Silicon Valley, we believe in science!" Based on this, authorities have made a bold plan for the near future: to reclaim wastewater, purify it, and inject it into underground aquifers.
April 28, 2021

Science for Kids and Families

Coyotes are wild animals that are fun to watch, but good to give plenty of space. Critter Cam host Tracey Simmons explains. Other videos explore river otters, black tailed deer, butterflies, and mountain lions. WATCH VIDEOS
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