Mountain View, Calif., August 9, 2019 – The El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Grant Program has allocated $3.7 million in grants and sponsorships to support local health initiatives in fiscal year 2020. The El Camino Hospital Board of Directors approved funding for 44 grant programs, including school districts, nonprofit organizations, safety-net clinics and community service agencies, dedicated to addressing the health needs of underserved and vulnerable community members in Santa Clara County.
"We are thrilled to be funding new programs and continuing support of programs year over year that are measurably improving community health,” said Barbara Avery, director of community benefit at El Camino Health. “Supporting our partner organizations as they diligently execute critical community health initiatives and remove barriers to care for low-income, minority, and medically underserved populations are the main priority of work."
To help guide the Community Benefit Grant Program’s funding priorities a 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment was conducted. This nearly two-year process identified nine areas where needs are the greatest and funding has the opportunity to make a meaningful impact. Fiscal year 2020 funding was allocated to programs addressing the following unmet health needs:
- Healthcare Access & Delivery
- Behavioral Health
- Diabetes & Obesity
- Chronic Conditions (other than Diabetes & Obesity)
- Cognitive Decline
- Oral Health
- Violence & Injury Prevention
- Economic Stability
- Housing & Homelessness
Over the past five years, the El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Grant Program has invested more than $15 million to programs working to improve the overall health and well-being of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, San Jose, Santa Clara and Saratoga.