Mountain View, CA – El Camino Health is investing $3.3 million in grants through its Community Benefit Program to provide foundational support for local health initiatives in fiscal year 2023.
"We firmly believe that our community benefit grantees have gone above and beyond to address the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors through their programs and services throughout the COVID-19 pandemic." said Dan Woods, chief executive officer of El Camino Health. "It is our priority to support them as they work to help Santa Clara County residents gain better access to care."
Each fiscal year, the Community Benefit Program allocates crucial grant funding to community health services with the mission to expand healthcare access across age, education and income levels. Since 2007, El Camino Health has contributed nearly $915 million in community benefit, which also includes financial assistance and subsidized health services.
"We've seen an exponential increase in the need for mental health services and support over the last few years." said Kathryn McCarthy, chief executive officer and president of Pacific Clinics, which provides behavioral health counseling and prevention services at Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) through El Camino Health funds. "The generous support helps local school districts continue and expand critically-needed mental health counseling and addiction prevention programs."
Grant funding will help students at six high schools in CUHSD have access to skilled counselors to address high-risk behaviors and substance abuse and support youth physical, mental, academic, and social functioning. This is one of a number of youth mental health grants providing services in local schools.
Every three years, El Camino Health collaborates with other local not-for-profit hospitals and health systems to conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). This informs the implementation strategy and grant making process. The most recent assessment illustrated the need to prioritize programs addressing issues such as healthcare access and delivery, behavioral health, diabetes and obesity, chronic conditions, and economic stability.
The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors approved funding for 47 programs in fiscal year 2023, which include school districts, nonprofit organizations, safety-net clinics and community service agencies. Each of the selected programs is dedicated to addressing the health needs of underserved and vulnerable community members in Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga.
The FY23 Community Benefit grant partner snapshot may be viewed online.
For more information on the El Camino Health Community Benefit Program, click here.
About El Camino Health
El Camino Health has served the communities of Santa Clara County for more than 60 years, with nationally recognized physicians and nurses at two not-for-profit acute care hospitals in Los Gatos and Mountain View, and primary care, multi-specialty care, and urgent care locations across the region. El Camino Health is dedicated to giving patients high-quality care utilizing the most advanced technology and research, delivering results first and respect always.
Aside from achieving outstanding patient outcomes, the hospitals have earned numerous awards for clinical excellence, including being named one of the World's Best Hospitals 2022 by Newsweek and becoming the San Francisco Bay Area's first Magnet hospital, earning four consecutive designations from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for nursing excellence.
Key service lines include cancer care, cardiovascular care, maternity care, mental health and addiction services, orthopedics, pulmonology, and women's health. Visit elcaminohealth.org to learn more.