Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


The Planning, Evaluation, and Policy unit (PEP) at the Monterey County Health Department (MCHD) has implemented a health brief focusing on African Americans in Monterey County. MCHD strives to better understand the health barriers and challenges that prevent this population from living a healthy and comfortable lifestyle. This project aims to direct MCHD into the recommended next steps to achieve health equity for African Americans. The health brief focused on social and economic factors, access to care, and health behaviors. A survey was sent to African Americans in Monterey County, allowing them to express significant health issues in their community. Findings from the health brief and responses from the survey demonstrate the need for improved access to health care services and health information. The recommended next steps consist of ensuring that African Americans have the needed support and resources available to live a healthy and comfortable lifestyle.