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2020 Annual Report

COVID-19 has dominated all our lives—personally and professionally—in 2020. HIP and our partners have been involved in our community’s response, but that’s not all we’ve been doing. Other important streams of work have continued as well. Scroll to learn more.

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HIP Executive Committee and Member Organizations

The depth of community impact is possible because of the dedication and commitment by HIP partners to create a healthy and thriving community for all Santa Cruz County residents.  Learn More

"This is a time not just to respond, recover, but also to redesign and rebuild. It was suggested [at the September HIP Council Meeting] that we consider whether we mean what we say in mission and values. We were asked what we might risk organizationally and personally to yield equity. We were encouraged to build the future that we want to see. We heard that today is the day."

-Stephanie Sonnenshine

President of HIP Board of Directors and CEO of the Central California Alliance for Health


County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency Staff

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How We Work

Convene, Link, Measure, Share, Investigate, Illuminate, Advocate 

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Community Data Sharing


"The Collective of Results and Evidence-based (CORE) Investments funding model and movement rely on DataShare in many ways and we are so grateful for HIP’s stewardship of this crucial community resource. DataShare is home to a wide and growing list of locally relevant data, with equity dimensions available for many. More than a collection of indicators, DataShare makes it possible for CORE tools, such as the CORE Results Menu, to tell stories with data and to support a variety of important collective impact goals, such as linking program-level outcomes to broader community impacts."

-Nicole Young (Optimal Solutions Consulting) and Nicole Lezin (Cole Communications),
CORE Investments Consulting Team 

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"The first five months of this new decade have us reckoning with a global pandemic that unmistakably traces deep chasms of suffering along racial lines. Now, we are immersed in a pandemic of outrage at the persistent dehumanization of Black bodies by institutions charged with protecting peace and upholding fundamental civil rights. We look around and see so much injustice and polarization. In response, we at HIP recommit to mobilizing collective action to transform our healthcare and interconnected local systems so that zip code and race no longer drive the egregious disparities in health status and outcomes Dr. Iton described."


-Elisa Orona, HIP Executive Director

More: 2020 HIP Annual Community Forum

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HIP and County Staff hosting the weekly
COVID-19 Clinician Call

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Since the beginning of COVID-19, the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency (HSA) team and HIP have hosted a weekly Clinician Resource Call for COVID-19 Response and Dr. Newel has presented a COVID-19 update almost monthly to HIP Council. Our community has deeply benefited from Dr. Newel and her team's work to protect public health in Santa Cruz, especially during these times.

National Collaboration

In 2020, HIP was invited to join NRHI, the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement! HIP was a perfect fit for this national partnership of multi-sector collaboratives working in cities, counties and rural areas to improve healthcare systems and delivery in their communities. NRHI membership elevates HIP’s work to a national audience, expands our capacity to advocate on critical healthcare policy, opens new doors to funding opportunities, and provides a forum to learn and engage with like organizations across the country. NRHI highlighted the Safety Net Clinic Coalition in a recent article. Read the Article

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National Health Center Week  2020

On March 16, 2020, Santa Cruz County joined six other Bay Area counties that responded to the COVID-19 pandemic with Shelter-in-Place orders. Sheltering in place continues to affect every business, home, school, and agency in profound ways. Learn More

"There has never been a time when collaboration and communication are so essential. During this pandemic, HIP has gracefully and intentionally pulled from its experience of providing an arena for the local health care system to come together. The Safety Net Clinic Coalition (SNCC) is a perfect example where our safety net is challenged to come together to innovate, learn from, and support each other. This coalition became even more vital during the pandemic when our public health system needed to rely on our resources

and relationships with the community. Having such a strong history of collaboration during “normal” times made pulling together even more closely during this difficult time seamless. HIP is the reason that Santa Cruz is known as being unusually collaborative."

-Amy Peeler, HIP Board Member and Chief of Clinic Services at the County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency 

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Safety Net Clinic Coalition Medical Directors Meeting, October 27, 2020

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Behavioral Health Integration: Transforming Stigma to Empathy

International Overdose Awareness Day | August 31, 2020

Maritza Lara, MS, BSN, RN
Program Manager

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What Would Happen If We Failed to Have Difficult Conversations?


Racism in Healthcare:

Confronting Chronic Stress and Chronic Disease

This learning session provided participants with tools to acknowledge institutionalized racism in medicine and learn about the various social determinants of health fueled by racism that lead to disparate minority health outcomes such as shorter life spans, higher maternal and infant mortality rates, and higher mortality rates from cancer, heart disease, and kidney disease. The session covered community-engaged research conducted in Salinas and explored the connections among trauma, toxic stress, chronic stress, chronic disease, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

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Bridging the Care Coordination Gap: Coordinated Care is Higher Quality Care


"I just want to underscore the amazing transition you all have made from in-person to virtual meetings. It has been fantastic!"


-Bindi Gandhi, HIP Council Member and South Bay Community Health Manager at

Sutter Palo Alto Medical Foundation

More: HIP Council Meeting August 13, 2020

Our Team


Elisa Orona, MS
Executive Director

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Anaïs Muller Cohn
Operations and Program Coordinator

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Amy Mancia
Program Assistant

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Rita Hewitt, MPH, CPhT
Program Manager

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Shelly Barker MS, RD, CDE
Program Director



Total Checking/Savings             $481,604.04

Total Accounts Receivable        $280,388.89

Total Other  Current Assets        $17,412.27

Total Assets                          $779,405.20


Total Liabilities                              $323,922.44

Equity                                             $455,482.76

Total Liabilities & Equity    $779,405.20

Fiscal Year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020


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Administration:  16%

Program Expenses:  84%


(in thousands)


HIP Strategic Plan: Continue To Do What We Do Best

Convene and link partners around a neutral table (or multiple tables, as needed) so that our health ecosystem is anchored by trust and relationships.

Measure and monitor metrics, investigate promising ideas, and share what we learn about best practices to make sure our health ecosystem is performing well and yielding better outcomes for all.

Illuminate emerging and complex issues, act as future strategist, and advocate for systems, policies, and practices in ways that promote well-being, equity, and enduring benefit.

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HIP Strategic Plan
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