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About HIP

HIP's Mission

To unite public and private health care providers and key community stakeholders to advance high-quality, high-value and patient-centered care to improve the health of all members of the Santa Cruz County community.


HIP is a nonprofit coalition of public and private health care leaders dedicated to increasing access to health care and building stronger local health care systems. Launched in 2004, its member organizations represent Santa Cruz County's major health care providers.

In an industry dominated by fragmentation and competition, HIP provides a common voice for health care improvement on behalf of the community and serves as an incubator of effective solutions. HIP recognizes that our community's health care system is interdependent — when one sector is struggling, then everyone is adversely affected. Therefore, rising numbers of uninsured, spiraling health care costs, and reduced access and services are best solved through collaboration, coordination and integration.


HIP is funded by both public and private foundation grants. We wish to thank the following organizations for their support: Blue Shield of California Foundation, Community Clinics Initiative, First 5 Santa Cruz County, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, The David & Lucile Packard Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, Tides Foundation and HIP member organizations.