Our History & Our Accomplishments

Street Level was founded by two post-baccalaureate pre-med students in 2002.

Volunteer nurses and pre-med students offered health screenings on the streets to the most marginalized and underserved individuals, namely people who were homeless, uninsured, or recent immigrants. Today, Street Level still offers free health screenings, but also provides other services to promote the health and wellness of low-income and immigrant communities. Volunteers continue to be critical to our work.

Our Accomplishments

Health Access Program

  • In 2011, Street Level provided 1,200 health care visits to more than 700 patients from over 25 different countries. Our primary languages of service include Spanish, English, Mongolian, and Mam (indigenous language of Guatemala).
  • In 2010, we began offering linkage to care for HIV+ Spanish-speaking low-wage workers through a collaborative project with the Bay Area Network for Positive Health.
  • In 2009, we received a Certificate of Recognition from the Alameda County Public Health Department for our work in providing health care to uninsured immigrants. Street Level also partnered with Michelle Steinberg to offer herbal medicine and nutrition to patients once a week.
  • In 2008, we began offering health screening services in Mam.
  • In 2007, the Mongolian Health Access Project began providing basic medical care to Mongolian-speaking individuals. This was the first program of its kind in the Bay Area.
  • In 2007, Street Level expanded its health screening services to eight hours a week, Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • In 2006, we provided free basic medical services to 431 unduplicated Latino low-wage workers. Clinic hours were open for three hours every Wednesday.
  • In 2005, Dr. William Wallin became the first medical director of Street Level’s health screening clinic.
  • In 2004, Street Level began offering health referrals in a shared space at the St. Joseph’s Center. We were able to refer 10 patients a month to La Clinica de la Raza. Our primary language of service was Spanish.

Mental Health

  • In 2007, we hired our first mental health coordinator, Doris Molina, to provide mental health education and prevention to the Spanish-speaking community. Over the years, Street Level has offered mental health workshops, trained men and women as Spanish-language mental health leaders, and provided in-service trainings to a number of Spanish-speaking organizations.

Community Leadership & Education

  • In 2011, Street Level opened our first ever community center computer lab. We also began a worker’s collective to support low-wage workers to speak up for their rights as workers and Californians.
  • In 2010, we began offering breakfast in the streets and distributing food bags in our center to provide food assistance to those suffering from the economic downturn.
  • In 2009, an average of 35-45 people a day participated in our 3 day-a-week lunch/ education program. We partnered with local organizations to make presentations that focus on important topics to low-wage workers.
  • In 2008, we began a Women’s Knitting Circle and Yoga Classes.
  • In 2007, Street Level introduced Noches Culturales/Culture Nights to improve the mental health and wellness of Latino immigrants through dance, song, and laughter.
  • In 2006, we began our lunch program for clients waiting to see the medical doctor. We served 20 people every Wednesday. We also began offering Street Level identification cards, used to help workers register for their health care appointments.
  • In 2005, Street Level introduced its first Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday parties for 75 low-wage workers in our shared space at the St. Joseph’s Center.
  • In 2004, Street Level began offering ESL to help low-wage workers communicate with their employers.

Organizational Recognition

  • In 2011, Street Level was one of two organizations to receive Alameda County Measure A funding to serve as a health portal for medically uninsured immigrant and refugee populations within the County
  • In 2011, Street Level and Community Health for Asian Americans successfully developed a partnership with Alameda County to meet the unmet needs of Burmese HIV+ clients.
  • In 2010, Street Level collaborated with Hayward Day Labor Center on two grant-funded projects for low-wage workers.
  • In 2009, Street Level grew to a staff of seven paid staff.
  • In 2008, Street Level received funding from The California Wellness Foundation for three years in the amount of $250,000.
  • In 2007, executive director Laura López (formerly Pérez) was recognized by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as one of ten outstanding Community Health Leaders across the nation.
  • In 2005, Laura López (formerly Pérez) was nominated as the first executive director of Street Level Health Project. She was the only paid staff person affiliated with the organization.
  • In 2002, Street Level Health Project became incorporated as a 501(c)3