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What Works: Grassroots Solutions Around The Bay

During the past year, COVID-19 hit some Bay Area communities harder than others. The neighborhoods that suffered the most have long faced racial and health inequities. This series presents stories of trailblazing leaders and groups who banded together to lift people up during the most difficult of times.

Support for this series comes from Renaissance Journalism's Equity and Health Reporting Initiative, with funding from The California Endowment.

Latest Episodes
  • In this episode of What Works, we look at how Fairfield residents and the city have worked to inform the public and put a spotlight on community groups that stepped up during the pandemic. We'll talk to K. Patrice Williams who hosts a talk show out of her house called "Turning Point with Patrice," where she interviews Solano County locals making a difference. We'll also meet Doriss Panduro, the first Latina to ever be elected to Fairfield's City Council after winning 73% of the vote in her district.
  • Food insecurity was already a problem in the United States before the Coronavirus pandemic made it even worse. According to one projection, one in eight people in the U.S. will experience food insecurity in 2021. A network of volunteers in Solano County is turning to its neighbors to help address this problem. More specifically, they are turning to their neighbor’s yards, and the fruit trees in them.
  • The word Umoja means "unity" in Swahili, and it's the inspiration for a network of about 30 Bay Area groups called Umoja Health. Their effort to understand the culture of local neighborhoods has helped ramp up COVID-19 testing and vaccination rates in the Bay Area's Black communities.
  • Mother Brown’s Dining Room has deep roots in San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood. It has long provided hot meals to anyone in need, but when COVID-19 made it impossible to serve people inside, Mother Brown's came up with a lively approach to feeding people through the pandemic. In this story, tag along with a food delivery truck making its way door-to-door through Bayview.
  • As California emerges from the pandemic, we’re going to introduce you to people and community groups who are innovating solutions around the Bay Area. Join us as we visit an organization that feeds and houses San Francisco Bayview residents, an East Palo Alto youth center that gives students a sense of community, and much more. Stay tuned for these stories of people bringing about positive change in their own neighborhoods.