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Safety Net Clinic Coalition


The Safety Net Clinic Coalition (SNCC) forms the cornerstone of HIP's work to improve health status and access for Santa Cruz County residents who receive care through publicly-funded programs such as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, and for the uninsured.  In 2009, the Safety Net Clinics collectively provided 200,000 patient visits, including medical, dental, mental health, and prenatal care.

Clinic leaders work together through the SNCC to develop solutions to address common challenges, coordinate care, share expertise and best practices, and improve quality of care.  The Coalition is committed to working collaboratively to achieve comprehensive, accessible health care and improved outcomes for everyone in the County.

After an extensive capacity planning process in 2009, the Safety Net Clinics approved four areas of focus for the coming year.  These include:

  • Developing patient-centered medical homes as a way to increase preventive care, improve quality, and integrate and coordinate critically needed mental health and other services. For more information, read about SNCC's PCMH Initiative.

  • Increasing access to urgent care and same day services to ensure access to medical homes and reduce inappropriate emergency room use;

  • Expanding capacity to provide and coordinate complex care, particularly for the medically, socially, and psychologically complex patient; and

  • Organizing collaborative approaches to increasing access on a geographic basis (including dental and mental health services) for high need populations and neighborhoods in the County.

To learn more about the Safety Net Clinics and our projects:

Safety Net Clinic Coalition Members