Mountain View, Calif. — October 4, 2022 — The El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors has approved funding to support community health within the El Camino Healthcare District for fiscal year 2023 through its Community Benefit program. The El Camino Healthcare District cities include most of Mountain View, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, a large portion of Sunnyvale, and small sections of Cupertino, Santa Clara and Palo Alto.
"The El Camino Healthcare District’s Community Benefit program was designed to help address the unique challenges of living in the Silicon Valley," said Julia Miller, chair of the El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors. "We're providing $7.6 million in grants to multiple non-profit agencies who help our most vulnerable residents gain access to the care they need. Supporting the work these agencies do to help our underserved communities is more important than ever."
This year's 57 grants have been distributed to school districts, nonprofit organizations, safety-net clinics and community service agencies which address the unmet health needs of individuals who live, work or go to school in the District. This includes vital community health agencies such as the Ravenswood Family Health Network.
"Over the years, funding from the El Camino Healthcare District has helped our community clinic continue to provide high quality, multilingual and culturally competent medical and lab services to low income residents," said Luisa Buada, CEO of the Ravenswood Family Health Network. "These services are vital to the wellbeing of our community and to keeping people out of the emergency room."
Funding from El Camino Healthcare District will cover primary care, child well checks, immunizations, chronic disease management, prenatal and postpartum care, dental services telehealth, lab, and COVID-19 testing and vaccination services at Ravenswood’s clinics in Mountain View and Sunnyvale.
Each program that is awarded a grant fulfills a critical need identified through a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), which is conducted every three years by El Camino Health and other local not-for-profit hospitals and health systems. The grant funding supports effective programs which serve the community’s most vulnerable individuals.
The El Camino Hospital District was established by voter approval in 1956 in accordance with California Local Hospital District Law. The purpose of the District is to establish, maintain and operate or provide assistance in the operation of health facilities and other health care services, provider groups and organizations that are necessary for the maintenance of good physical and mental health in the communities served by the District. The District, now known as El Camino Healthcare District, encompasses most of Mountain View, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills; a large portion of Sunnyvale, and small sections of Cupertino, Santa Clara, and Palo Alto. The publicly elected El Camino Healthcare District Board of Directors approves tax dollar expenditures, including expenditures for the award-winning Community Benefit program. Community Benefit funds are granted each year to local nonprofits, schools and government programs that provide critical health services to the underserved. All District Board meetings are publicly noticed, open to the public, and available for viewing on the District website.