The Safety Net Clinic Coalition ( SNCC SNCC : Safety Net Clinic Coalition ) 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 for the uninsured.

Clinic leaders work collaboratively through the SNCC SNCC : Safety Net Clinic Coalition to develop solutions to address common challenges, share expertise and best practices, and improve quality of care.

2020 Vision for a Safety Net System of Care

The safety net of Santa Cruz County will be a comprehensive, well-coordinated system of high quality, affordable care with an easily accessible medical home for all low-income residents. The system will be built by balancing the clinical and organizational strengths of each safety net partner as well as by leveraging available dollars to ensure maximum stability. The optimum safety net system of care will:

  • Prioritize primary and preventive care services in order to improve quality, improve the patient experience, and reduce costs;
  • Coordinate care effectively across levels of treatment: primary care, specialty care, inpatient, skilled care, and rehabilitation;
  • Provide culturally competent care;
  • Build a county-wide quality improvement system to track health outcomes, and identify opportunities for improvement;
  • Adopt electronic health records that will allow for connectivity to other health care and community-based organizations to promote integrated care management and ctive referrals for hospital, specialty, and community based care;
  • Respond to ever-changing needs of the communities and residents served;
  • Provide patient choice of both public and private providers; and
  • Address access on a county-wide, geographic basis

SOURCE: Safety Net Clinic Coalition of Santa Cruz County, Report to the Community: 2020 Vision for a Safety Net System of Care, October 2010.