National Health Center Week 2018: Celebrating the accomplishments of Safety Net Clinic staff in prov

The Health Improvement Partnership (HIP) and Safety Net Clinic Coalition of Santa Cruz County (SNCC) held a health center bus tour to celebrate National Health Center Week 2018. The event was part of a national campaign during the week of August 12th-18th to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of Santa Cruz County’s Health Centers and the dedicated staff who bring healthcare to the medically underserved in our local communities. In honor of National Health Center Week, HIP hosted a county-wide bus tour of all health centers on Thursday, August 16th, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am. The health center bus tour brought healthcare leaders, Santa Cruz County representatives, health cen

International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil to Honor Victims, Families

In recognition that Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day, there will be a vigil in Santa Cruz to coincide with events and activities planned around the world and throughout the United States, including in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Eureka, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Diego. Communities across the country are impacted by our public health epidemic. National drug overdoses have reached an all time high of 72,000 annually, according to the CDC, surpassing deaths attributed to HIV, car accidents and guns. Locally, we are seeing a promising shift in overdose rates. According to Dr. Stephany Fiore, Chief Forensic Pathologist with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff, in 2016, Santa Cruz Co

Health Means Everything

California Legislative Updates Assemblymember Mark Stone of California's 29th Assembly District and Senator Bill Monning of the Senate District, joined this meeting to provide insight into the state budget cycle and give updates on statewide ballot propositions. The state of California has surpluses that are more than most states’ general funds budgets which have been allotted to increased funding for various programs and reimbursements. Unfortunately, these funds could not be expanded to cover Medi-Cal for undocumented immigrants nor to moderate income Californians. The Assembly District was however able to expand the earning income tax credit to lower age eligibility and reach more young f

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