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At Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, we believe that health care is a basic human right. We promote access to affordable, quality health care for all residents within Santa Clara County by supporting Santa Clara Family Health Plan through resource development and outreach.
Santa Clara Family Health Foundation (SCFHF) is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization whose primary focus is on raising funds to support the Healthy Kids program and the Children’s Health Initiative in Santa Clara County. Through SCFHF, community leaders, community members, foundations, corporations, local businesses, friends, and other supporters can contribute funds to help achieve the goal of providing every child in Santa Clara County with access to quality health care through insurance.
Founded in 2000, SCFHF was established by Santa Clara Family Health Plan (SCFHP) to redirect excess funds from their risk pools back to the local community and receive funds, when needed, for research and community outreach.
During this same period, a grassroots movement initiated by labor-affiliated Working Partnerships USA and faith-based People Acting in Community Together (PACT) was underway to improve the availability and accessibility of health care for children in Santa Clara County. While Medi-Cal and Healthy Families were already serving many low-income children, many other eligible children were still, for various reasons, uninsured. Large numbers of needy children remained without access to affordable health care coverage because their immigration status or their family income rendered them ineligible for existing subsidized programs.
In December 2000, because of the efforts of Working Partnerships and PACT, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved the use of tobacco settlement funds to create a first-of-its-kind health insurance program designed to fill the gap left by Medi-Cal and Healthy Families coverage. The Board of Supervisors directed the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System (SCVHHS) to develop a plan to make comprehensive health insurance available and accessible to Santa Clara County’s uninsured children.
SCVHHS undertook the project along with PACT, Working Partnerships, Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, and Santa Clara Family Health Plan. These founding organizations created the Healthy Kids program, which would, upon implementation, be managed by SCFHP. In addition, these organizations established an extensive outreach plan known as the Children’s Health Initiative, or CHI, to promote enrollment in Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and Healthy Kids. To this day, CHI continues in its efforts, going out into the community to locate and provide application assistance for all of the county’s eligible children.
With the onset of the Healthy Kids program and the Children’s Health Initiative, SCFHF began focusing its activities on raising funds for these two worthy causes. Initial startup and ongoing funding came from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Since then, the list of supporters has grown exponentially. Today, as more and more eligible children are found for the Healthy Kids program, SCFHF’s goal is to obtain sufficient funding to ensure that every eligible child can be enrolled.
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