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Community Health Equity Academy


We Show Up. We Challenge. We Support. We Protect.


As CHEA, our job is to understand, dismantle, and transform the social determinants that contribute to health inequities in our community:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Money
  • Social Environment/Relationships
  • Education
  • Safety

CHEA students and educators understand that a quality education is one of the most important tools our students have to take back East Oakland from the grips of gentrification and build a community where everyone can reach their full health potential.

The Castlemont Health Equity Academy (CHEA) activates students as agents of change by:

  • Developing knowledge of self, including strengths, interests, and leadership;
  • Deepening our understanding of the Social Determinants of Health and health outcomes;
  • Supporting opportunities to practice skills and apply knowledge through work-based learning and action research.

Work-Based Learning

  • Employment: Public Health is a leading Bay Area employment sector.
  • Skills: Research, health care, communications, cultural relations, social design
  • Degrees/Careers: Health worker, counselor, nutritionist, therapist, Early childhood, policy writer, business owner among others

Course Sequence 

  • 9th - Introduction to Public Health
  • 10th - Public Health Solutions
  • 11th - Public Health Advocacy
  • 12th - Senior Seminar

Dual Enrollment Berkeley City College: Early Childhood Development Class and Apprenticeship

CHEA Student Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Health Advocacy
  • Action Research
  • Collaboration

For more information about CHEA

Marvin Boomer
Pathway Coach

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Dionne Embry
CHEA Pathway Lead Teacher

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