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In the spirit of Promoting Collaboration, HIP strives to bring together its network of partners and the wider Santa Cruz Community with nationally renowned speakers and experts. The Annual Community Forum is an opportunity for Santa Cruz, as a whole, to engage with experts in high level ideas, policies, legislation in regard to Health Care. This evening event is held every spring with topics ranging from Legislative Health Care reform to social determinants of health. The HIP Community Forum events offer a unique chance for the larger community to hear how the Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County and the Safety Net Clinic Coalition of Santa Cruz County are working to improve the lives of our community.



Juntos Y Adelante:

Advancing Recovery and Equity Beyond COVID-19

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

11:00AM - 12:30PM

We emerged from this virtual convening in gratitude, with hope for what the future holds. The past year and a half have been immensely challenging. Pre-existing racial inequities have deepened, undermining communal well-being yet also clarifying the imperative to transform the systems intended to support health, opportunity, and flourishing for all.

As we observed during the Forum, our Santa Cruz County community has remained focused and committed to improving health outcomes day by day, in pandemic times and beyond. We credit an inspiring group of extremely dedicated local leaders who have called forth effective action from every corner of the community. Thank you to all of these leaders, and especially to Cat Willis, Jennifer Herrera, Maria Cadenas, Steve McKay, and members of the Safety Net Clinic Coalition, for inspiring our community to continue working together!

We must continue to build from this strong commitment to individual and communal well-being. We must bring together our diverse strengths in ways that create the conditions for every local resident to experience the fullness of well-being. Adelante – ¡juntos!

Listen again - or for the first time - to the words of keynote Ysabel Duron and our panelists.

Enjoy the lively 14-minute performance of Los Hermanos Postizos A Quasi Brotherhood.


Access the tool kits referenced in the presentation:


Shoes to Shine

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Less is More

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Lemon Detox

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Follow this link to learn more about local disparities in our community.

Congratulations to Mr. Michael Milward, CEO of Hospice of Santa Cruz County. Michael received a Board Proclamation and the Lifetime Game Changer Award at this year's Community Forum.


Este evento estará disponible en español muy pronto!


If you have questions about this event please email:
Sigolène Ortega, HIP Program Manager 

This event was sponsored by:
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