Los Medanos Community Healthcare District was recognized for its summer intern program that provides young adults with valuable work experience while bringing health issue concerns to the public's attention.

The district recently received the 2013 Exceptional Public Outreach & Advocacy Award from the California Special Districts Association for the five-year-old program that works with foster youth.

Seven young adults who are moving from foster care to living on their own participated in this summer's program, which focused on researching local companies, identifying what impact they have on the environment and presenting those findings to local officials.

"This program not only provides participants with a useful work experience, but also exposure to public health and community issues and local government. The 2013 Summer Intern project relating to environmental justice and the effects of air pollutants on community health is a timely and critical issue," Federal Glover, county supervisor and chair of the Contra Costa Local Agency Formation Commission, wrote in a letter acknowledging the award.

The district started its summer intern program for foster youth five years ago. A previous summer program researched sales of tobacco to minors and developed a campaign to help prevent such sales. Contact Eve Mitchell at 925-779-7189. Follow her on Twitter.com/EastCounty_Girl.



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