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We are a nonprofit coalition of public and private health care leaders dedicated to increasing access to health care and building stronger local health care systems.




Safety Net Clinic Coalition


This is the cornerstone of HIP's work to improve health outcomes and access for Santa Cruz County residents who receive care through publicly-funded programs, such as Medi-Cal, and the uninsured Learn more...

Integrated Behavioral Health


Improving system-level integration of primary care and behavioral health services for all persons living in Santa Cruz County Learn more...

SafeRx Santa Cruz County

SafeRx Santa Cruz County is a coalition of interdisciplinary community partners leading efforts in increasing education and positive outcomes related to prescription medication Learn more...

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Health Improvement Partnership Council


In partnership with Workforce Santa Cruz County, the Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County (HIP) aims to build, strengthen and diversify the Santa Cruz healthcare workforce with qualified individuals who can best support and provide health services - in home, community clinics, or medical offices - to the community. Learn more...

ACEs Aware


The Health Improvement Partnership is pleased to announce that in partnership with the County of Santa Cruz’s Health Services Agency, the Public Health Department, and First 5 we are recruiting a cohort of five clinical practices to join the ACEs Screening Integration Cohort. Learn more...

Workforce Development


The Health Improvement Partnership is pleased to announce that in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Workforce Development Board, we launched the Santa Cruz County Health Workforce Council to increase opportunities for residents to advance in health professions. Learn more...



HIP's Mission is rooted in improvement: of systems, quality, relationships, and access to care. We create opportunities for local healthcare leaders to make our community healthier.

  • We provide a neutral table or platform--a nexus--where leaders can and do convene.

  • We help leaders tee up, focus on, and constructively address issues that are beyond any one organization's capacity or domain, yet affect all of us.

  • We build trust and transparency to make these conversations possible and productive.

  • We seek out and bring transformative ideas and relevant, cutting-edge training to make our community and its residents as healthy as possible.



HIP Community Forum

The HIP Community Forum events offer a unique chance for the larger community to hear from nationally renowned experts in relation to our County's work in improving the lives of our community. Learn more...

National Health Center Week


Safety net clinic leaders gather to celebrate the progress local health centers have made to provide access in the community and discuss further plans of expansion Learn more...

Continuing Medical Education


HIP-hosted learning sessions to provide educational materials to healthcare providers in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties Learn more...



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