In 2007-08, the Council convened a landmark task force to investigate the health status of those reentering the community from incarceration. Chaired by the former Alameda County Public Health Director, the task force included representatives from health, law enforcement, corrections, faith communities, service providers, and the formerly incarcerated. The task force spent a year studying health conditions and services for the formerly incarcerated and developing policy and programmatic recommendations to improve them. In 2008, the task force released its report and recommendations to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the public.
As a result of the recommendations in the report, Alameda County Health Care Services Agency created a plan a resources for a primary care clinic focused on vulnerable populations, including the formerly incarcerated. The Healthy Oakland Clinic in West Oakland is the result of that effort.