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.


2021 HIP Annual Community Forum

Juntos Y Adelante

Advancing Recovery and Equity Beyond COVID-19

Keynote speaker: Ysabel Duron

The pandemic has worsened pre-existing inequities in our communities of color. And yet, intersecting crises have also united us to innovate and construct new avenues to future work to close racialized inequities and support our communities to heal.


Changing the Odds:
Exploring Social Determinants of Health
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Thursday, May 28th, 2020

11:00AM - 12:30PM

HIP's 2020 Annual Community Forum welcomed Dr. Anthony Iton MD, JD, MPH, Senior Vice President for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment. Dr. Iton leads and participates in statewide efforts to advance policies and partnerships that build healthy communities in California. He believes that restoring democratic engagement and political power in underserved communities is the way to improve residents’ health, and that one’s zip code should not influence one’s wellbeing.


Following Dr. Iton's presentation, Keisha Browder, Chief Executive Officer at United Way of Santa Cruz County, facilitated a lively Q&A session with Dr. Iton.

To close the event, the Health Improvement Partnership of Santa Cruz County (HIP) awarded the Lifetime Game Changer Award to Michael Milward, CEO of Hospice of Santa Cruz County, for his unwavering support, and heartfelt impact on the wellbeing of our communities. 

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

Children Living Below Poverty Level
Children Living Below Poverty Level

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Median Household Income
Median Household Income

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People 25+ with a High School Degree or Higher
People 25+ with a High School Degree or Higher

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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.


To watch the recording of this event in English, please watch the YouTube link:

Este evento estará disponible en español muy pronto!

Here are two resources referenced during the event by Dr. Iton:

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If you have questions about this event please email:

Maritza Lara, HIP Program Manager 

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