Addressing Unmet Health Needs

El Camino Healthcare District and El Camino Hospital provide annual grants to community-based organizations, clinics and schools to address local unmet health needs. This annual report provides an overview of these programs and the critical services they deliver.

This year, we published the 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), which guides the Community Benefit grants program using the following priority area framework: Healthy Body, Healthy Mind and Healthy Community. Every three years, El Camino Hospital conducts a CHNA to determine the most pressing health issues in our region alongside other local healthcare leaders — including six nonprofit hospitals, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation.

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Connecting Our Neighbors to Better Health

People who struggle just to make ends meet often don’t have access to medical care, and their health can suffer. Community Benefit grants help our partners address this critical need. We ensure that underserved individuals can see a doctor when they need care. People with complex health and life circumstances are able to get medical and dental services as well as case management to connect them to public benefits and fulfill their basic needs. Many of our partners offer free culturally appropriate health and wellness services in multiple languages.

The Challenge Diabetes Program (CDP) is addressing a significant unmet health need:

  • 46 percent of Santa Clara County adults are estimated to have prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes.
  • We responded with CDP, where 44 percent of participants are no longer at risk.

CDP is a collaborative partnership with Community Services Agency Mountain View, Sunnyvale Community Services, West Valley Community Services and Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. In 2015, El Camino Hospital launched CDP with these partners and has funded the program each year to identify community members with prediabetes, prevent Type 2 diabetes, and help people with Type 2 diabetes manage the disease effectively. CDP has shown meaningful results through screenings, lifestyle modification classes, health education, and access to physical activity and healthy foods.

Our Grant Partnerships Achieved Meaningful Results

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Older Adults Served

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People Served through Nutrition Education & Food Access Programs

Giving Students a Healthier Start in Life

Schools are a neighborhood hub and a safe place for children and teens to learn about healthy choices and receive essential services. For many, the school nurse is the only healthcare provider they see. Community Benefit grants helped our partners give children in preschool through high school a healthier start in life. Grants funded school nurses and mental health counselors to fill the gap in care for underserved students. Other grant programs helped young people learn about healthy eating, including harvesting their own fresh produce, and parents received tips and tools for fostering a healthy lifestyle at home.

Physical activity programs were offered before, during and after school, including those focused on conflict resolution and building self-esteem. GoNoodle is one of our partners addressing lack of exercise:

  • 28 percent of Santa Clara County youth are physically inactive.
  • We helped by funding GoNoodle to provide 316,670 hours of physical activity in classrooms last year to 52,910 students.

GoNoodle is a suite of movement games and videos designed to bring mindfulness and physical activity breaks into elementary classrooms. Thanks to Community Benefit funds, it is used locally in more than 180 schools in 17 school districts. The games — which students and teachers love — were based on research that shows that short bursts of physical activity positively impact academic achievement, cognitive skills and behavior, as well as overall health.

Our Grant Partnerships Achieved Meaningful Results

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Students Served by School Nurses

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Schools Benefited from Grant Programs

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School Districts Benefited from Grant Programs

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Youth Building Healthy Behaviors through Exercise & Nutrition Programs

Focusing on Mental Health

Access to mental health services is critical to our community. Those who go untreated are at higher risk for addiction, self-destructive behavior and suicide. Getting help can be difficult, especially for people with limited resources. We are ensuring that more people can get mental healthcare in schools, community clinics and settings such as homeless shelters. With our funding, Community Benefit partners were able to address issues such as anxiety, depression, dementia, domestic violence, substance abuse and bullying.

Our partners provided counseling, psychiatric care and case management to people of all ages. Kids and teens received support and services to help them become more resilient and avoid social pressures. Counseling was provided to prevent self-harm and suicide. Culturally appropriate services were offered to South Asian victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. Older adults with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease were able to get the care they needed, and legal services were provided to people with mental health conditions.

Our Grant Partnerships Achieved Meaningful Results

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Hours of Mental Health Services for K-12 Schools

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Teens Who Reduced High-Risk Behavior Post Program

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Homeless People Who Report Improved Well-Being Post-therapy