Turkey Trot raises $239,000 for Better Choices, Better Health

The 13th Annual Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot raised over $239,000 for The Health Trust!

As a beneficiary of the annual race, proceeds are able to directly impact the lives of those living with chronic conditions by supporting and expanding evidence-based self-management programs like Better Choices, Better Health.

Thank you to all trotters who participated, and thank you to Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation and Applied Materials for having us as a beneficiary!

County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approves $700,000 – over three years – to reduce Asian health disparities

For Immediate Release: June 15, 2018
Contact: Paul Hepfer | paulh@healthtrust.org | 408.961.9845

San Jose, CA – On Friday, June 15, 2018, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved $700,000 – over three years – to The Health Trust to provide evidence-based programs designed to reduce Asian health disparities as identified in the 2017 Santa Clara County Asian/Pacific Islander Health Assessment. Joe Simitian, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, championed the budget proposal.

The 2017 assessment found specific areas of significant disparities in health outcomes among a variety of Asian subgroups within the County. Prevalent issues include high mortality rates stemming from chronic conditions and uncontrolled chronic conditions stemming from limited patient understanding in doctor-patient communication.

“The Asian Health Assessment I previously requested shined a light on disparities that we can and should remedy,” said Board President Joe Simitian. “A 28.7% age-adjusted death rate due to unintentional falls. Cancer (25%) and heart disease (21%) identified as the leading cause of death. These issues can be addressed – and improved – in a community setting using evidence-based programs. This isn’t a replacement for clinical medical care, it’s a supplement to it. And The Health Trust is the community organization best positioned to do the job.”

The Health Trust, one of the largest providers of evidence-based programs in Northern California, offers a comprehensive suite of programs that have been proven as effective and culturally competent strategies for improving health in diverse communities. Their suite includes three falls prevention programs (EnhanceFitness, A Matter of Balance, and Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance) and three self-management programs (Better Choices, Better Health, Chronic Pain Self-Management, and Diabetes Self-Management).

“The Health Trust has been providing evidence based programs for 10 years. During this time we have developed the infrastructure, expertise, strategies, and partnerships necessary to tailor our programs and offer them to diverse Asian populations in Santa Clara County” said Michele Lew, CEO of The Health Trust. “Thanks to Supervisor Simitian and the entire Board of Supervisors for providing more opportunities for everyone in our community to be as healthy as possible.”

The Health Trust will use the $700,000 allocation to translate evidence based- program materials for the target populations, and to build a cohort of 10 bilingual trained leaders from Asian communities across the County who will reach and help guide 5,000 community members into appropriate evidence-based programs over the next three years. The allocation will also cover the cost of site expansion, training, materials and supplies, evaluation, and development of marketing materials.

To maximize the number of evidence-based program participants, The Health Trust will build referral partnerships with the Santa Clara Valley Health and Hospital System, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Family Resource Centers, local Medi-Cal managed care plans, and private medical providers. Programs will be conducted in English, Vietnamese, Mandarin/Cantonese, and Korean, and will be offered at sites throughout the community.

At the end of the three year grant period, The Health Trust expects to enter into contracts with additional payers to sustain these programs on an ongoing basis.

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About Joe Simitian
Joe Simitian was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2012 and currently serves as Board President. He represents the Fifth District. On the Board of Supervisors, Joe serves as Chair of the Finance and Government Operations Committee and Vice Chair of the Health and Hospitals Committee. Joe’s public service over the years includes stints as a member of the California State Senate, the California State Assembly, Mayor of Palo Alto, President of the Palo Alto School Board, as well as an earlier term on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. He served as an election observer/supervisor in El Salvador and Bosnia, and participated in refugee relief and resettlement efforts in Albania and Kosovo. Learn more.

About The Health Trust
The Health Trust is an operating foundation founded in 1996. Our mission is to build health equity in Silicon Valley. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy – especially the most vulnerable. To that end, we provide direct services, fund community-based organizations whose work aligns with our mission, and advocate for policies and initiatives that help advance our mission. To learn more, please visit healthtrust.org.

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City of San Jose Approves $225,000 for Senior Food Assistance

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2018
Contact: Rachel Poplack | rachelp@healthtrust.org  | 408.513.8706

San Jose, CA – On Tuesday, June 12, 2018, the San Jose City Council approved a one-time allocation of $225,000 from its Essential Services Reserve funding to support The Health Trust Food for Everyone efforts that increase healthy food access for older adults.

Over the last six months – with funding from the City and in collaboration with Loaves and Fishes and other partners – The Health Trust expanded access to Meals on Wheels, congregate meals, and brown bags resulting in over 2,000 meals for residents of San Jose Districts 4 and 9.

The new allocation of $225,000 will be used to continue these efforts and to expand them for residents of District 7. Needless to say, Councilmembers Lan Diep, Don Rocha, and Tam Nguyen were instrumental in getting these funds approved by the Council, as was the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits for assisting The Health Trust with its advocacy efforts.

“We are grateful and proud to partner with the City of San Jose and other local community based organizations to increase healthy food access for low-income older adults in San Jose,” said Michele Lew, CEO of The Health Trust. “With advocates like Councilmembers Lan Diep, Don Rocha, and Tam Nguyen, and with support from the Council, we can find a sustainable solution for increasing healthy food access to the estimated 30,000 low-income older adults living in San Jose.”

In addition to the one-time allocation, the City Council also directed the City Manager to co-convene, in partnership with The Health Trust, a stakeholder group tasked with developing a longer-term plan to improve food access for older adults. The stakeholder group will address San Jose’s geographic “food deserts,” the need for meals at the Vietnamese American Community Center, alternatives to food distribution at Tully Community Ballfields and St. James Park, innovative service enhancements, expanding commercial kitchen capacity, and increasing efficiency and coordination among funding partners.

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About The Health Trust
The Health Trust is an operating foundation founded in 1996. Our mission is to build health equity in Silicon Valley. We believe everyone should have the opportunity to be healthy – especially the most vulnerable. To that end, we provide direct services, fund community-based organizations whose work aligns with our mission, and advocate for policies and initiatives that help advance our mission. To learn more, please visit healthtrust.org.

About Food for Everyone
In March 2016, The Health Trust released Food for Everyone, an assessment of healthy food access among low-income seniors and individuals that are homeless in San Jose. The findings from this report have led to the development of new efforts to make food accessible for the aforementioned populations. Learn more.

Download a PDF version of this press release.

The Silicon Valley Organization Features 2018 Leadership San Jose Member, Maria Garcia, Program Officer at The Health Trust

Name: Maria Garcia

Company: The Health Trust

Maria has a strong passion for supporting local communities, with a specific focus on vulnerable populations. As a Program Officer at The Health Trust she manages the agency’s Grantmaking department. In this role, Maria is responsible for communicating the agency’s grant priorities to the community and prospective grant applicants. She is committed to supporting grantees in meeting their grant objectives and connects grantees with other resources to advance their project goals.

Maria is a life-long resident of San Jose; she entered the nonprofit sector during her sophomore year in high school and has stayed in the sector since. Her experience includes managing direct services, board relations, community engagement, fundraising, and philanthropy.

As part of her commitment to civic engagement, she serves as Chair of the Hispanic Foundation’s La Familia Selection Committee and has served as Commissioner for the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, serving as Chair of the Crime and Violence Committee, overseeing the Commission’s Jail Monitoring work. Maria has also served as a National and State Delegate for her respective assembly and congressional districts, and is a graduate of the Latino Leadership Alliance Academy.

Maria holds a B.A. in Communication from Santa Clara University and M.A. from San Jose State University in Speech Communication.

Maria looks forward to helping strengthen and support her community through the knowledge that will be gained from the Leadership San Jose program.

Learn more about leadership san jose and how you can participate here.

Read the original SVO posting here.

The Health Trust receives Consul General Juan Manuel Calderon Jaimes for facilities-wide tour, strengthens Ventanilla de Salud program

Today we had the honor of receiving Consul General Juan Manuel Calderon Jaimes. The Health Trust Senior Vice President of Programs Paul Hepfer gave an extensive tour of our offices and facilities, stopping by both programs and business offices, The Health Trust Family Resource Center (1 of 8 local FRCs committed to providing services and programs to families with young children), the Living & Learning Lounge on Race Street, as well as our nutrition services building from where Meals on Wheels and several other food access programs are operated.

Thank you to the Consulado General de México en San José, CA for continuing our partnership over the years. Our collaboration on the Ventanilla de Salud program allows The Health Trust a unique opportunity to support health care access and education for constituents of the Mexican consulate in San Jose – which includes populations from Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. Through this partnership, we are able to have a Health Trust employee at the Consulate every morning Monday through Friday to promote our suite of Wellness Access and Education services. This suite includes, but is not limited to, chronic disease self-management courses, oral health education, and health insurance enrollment. Additionally, this collaboration partners with Foothill Community Health Center to provide biometiric screening for Consulate visitors two Fridays out of every month.

Check out our Facebook for more photos from the tours.

Fifth Bridge Library opens at The Health Trust Family Resource Center


On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the fifth San Jose Bridge Library opened at The Health Trust Family Resource Center as a collaboration between The Health Trust, Catholic Charities Santa Clara County, First 5 Santa Clara County, and San Jose Public Library.

The ribbon-cutting celebration was attended by family resource center clients and children, as well as representatives from program partners. Michele Lew, CEO of The Health Trust, and Jacqueline Copeland-Carson, COO of Catholic Charities Santa Clara County, opened the ceremony as guest speakers.

As of Wednesday, three Health Trust Family Resource Centers now have Bridge Libraries open to all client families. Bridge Libraries were initially launched as a partnership between First 5 Santa Clara County and San Jose Public Library in 2015 to provide access to library resources in the underserved neighborhoods of San Jose.

Check out our Facebook post to see photos from the grand opening!

The Health Trust celebrates staff at Annual Employee Service Awards

On January 19, 2018, all Health Trust staff gathered at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant for the Annual Service Awards Banquet. We enjoyed games, raffle prizes, great food, and even greater company.

The following staff members were recognized for their years-long commitment to The Health Trust and our mission to build health equity in Silicon Valley:

15 Years of Service

  • Leticia Fernandez

5 Years of Service

  • Christine Green
  • Eustolia Ibarra
  • Gemma Failano
  • Cindy Tran
  • Trang Van
  • Lalitha Venkatesan

Check out our Facebook album for more photos.