Contra Costa County Commission Awards $1.75 Million in Proposition 10 Funds to Prenatal Information Groups
The Contra Costa Children and Families Commission last week awarded $1.75 million in Proposition 10 funds to nine community groups that visit the homes of area families to provide information on health, nutrition and education to first-time and teen parents, the Contra Costa Times reports. Proposition 10, a ballot measure passed by California voters in 1998, increased the state's cigarette tax by 50 cents per pack to fund health and social programs. The Contra Costa County Health Services Department, the county Community Services Department and the county Employment and Human Services Department will distribute the $1.75 million to prenatal information groups that serve Bay Point, Antioch, Pittsburg, Concord, Richmond and San Pablo. According to the commission, 56% of Contra Costa County women who receive "poor or no prenatal care" reside in those areas. The areas also have a high percentage of teen mothers and babies with low birth weights (Condes, Contra Costa Times, 4/3).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.