Community Benefit Partnerships
As a not-for-profit health care organization, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the health of people in the communities it serves. Our commitment to the community stretches far beyond our efforts to provide top-quality medical care. We support a wide range of activities and partnerships designed to keep people healthy at home, at school and in the environment.
Altruism is hardwired in our founding values. For decades, our highly engaged physicians and medical staff have provided time and expertise to clinics and community groups. Our community partnerships are ongoing; our commitment spans years. By working together, we are increasing access to medical care in Alameda, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Here is a sampling of some of our community partnerships.
Axis Community Health
Axis Community Health is a federally qualified health center located in Eastern Alameda County. Axis offers services from five sites in the Tri-Valley area and serves more than 14,000 members of the community annually. Their mission is to provide quality, affordable, accessible and compassionate health care services that promote the well-being of all members of the community.
With the support of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Axis will purchase a patient portal—a software application allowing patients to communicate with their provider electronically. With this software, patients will be able to see their lab results and make appointments—enhancing the patient experience and streamlining the communication between the patient and physician. PAMF is also providing support for a capital campaign to expand an existing clinic building.
Learn more about Axis Community Health.
A not-for-profit, federally qualified health center (FQHC), Tri-City Health provides high-quality medical care to almost 22,000 low-income, uninsured and homeless residents in southern and eastern Alameda County. With nine locations and a mobile clinic, Tri-City Health is the only FQHC in the city of Fremont offering a “one-stop” shop to anyone in need of health care.
Thanks to a grant provided by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and with the help of other partners, Tri-City Health Center will open a new clinic, across the street from Washington Hospital, which offers primary care, integrated behavioral health and OB/GYN services to women of all ages.
Learn more about Tri-City Health.
Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley
Indian Health Center (IHC) provides high-quality, culturally competent medical and wellness services to American Indians, Alaska Natives and all other people regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability. They serve infants to elders and take pride in serving our diverse patients and clients.
Seven providers care for more than 200 patients every day. Nearly all of the 20,000 people seen at the IHC are at or below the Federal poverty level. IHC provides care for low-income people with no health insurance and it offers a variety of programs that can help patients pay for health services.
Funding from PAMF will be used to start a patient portal (electronic health record). The system will be used to track patient compliance and response time for care and increase access to appointments.
Learn more about Indian Health Center.
Ravenswood Family Health Center
Ravenswood Family Health Center in East Palo Alto provides adult and pediatric medical care to 11,000 area residents.
The Palo Alto Medical Foundation has had a relationship with Ravenswood for more than a decade, supporting the medical center with donations, gifts-in-kind, advice and medical personnel.
Recently, PAMF made a donation to support the construction of a medical center.
In 2015, the Ravenswood Family Medical Center will open and be a one-stop shop for health care services with significantly increased capacity. It will be the largest community-owned resource building in all of East Palo Alto, with 56 exam rooms and two treatment rooms and housing 15 doctors and mid-level providers.
Ravenswood patients have been coming to PAMF’s Breast Imaging Center since 2012. PAMF has provided free mammograms to hundreds of eligible Ravenswood patients, who come to the Palo Alto Center one Saturday each month. Between 30 and 50 women can receive their free mammogram on the monthly Saturday clinic day.
PAMF’s Radiology physicians and technologists provide digital screening mammograms, breast ultrasound and breast biopsies if needed to the Ravenswood patients. Even uninsured women receive a complete cycle of breast health care, from diagnosis to treatment.
In 2015, PAMF radiologists will read all films taken at the new Ravenswood clinic. Currently PAMF experts are helping them select equipment and set up quality programs so they can provide these services at their new medical center.
Learn more about Ravenswood Family Health Center.
RotaCare Mountain View
Since 1996, RotaCare Mountain View has provided medical care to people with the most need and least access to care in the community. The clinic currently offers more than 16,000 services to nearly 3,000 patients annually – for free. More than 300 PAMF staff members provide medical services.
PAMF has supported RotaCare Mountain View for many years. Our doctors have provided services at the clinic since 1996, and we also consult with RotaCare staff to help patients access PAMF’s specialty medical services including oncology, orthopedics and ophthalmology.
PAMF’s donation to RotaCare Mountain View will help expand the medical staff to include a nurse practitioner and medical assistants. These new staff will help patients get specialized care when they need it.
Learn more about RotaCare Mountain View.
MayView Community Health Center
MayView Community Health Center provides primary health care and mental health care services to low income and uninsured members of the community. PAMF’s support has allowed MayView to create a Behavioral Health program, enabling their patients to receive all the mental health care they need within the clinic.
The Behavioral Health providers team up with the primary care doctors, so when a patient comes in for a medical appointment, they can receive behavioral health care at the same time. PAMF’s donation helps fund care for depression, post-partum depression, anxiety, bipolar diagnoses, suicide prevention screenings and more.
Learn more about MayView Community Health Center.
Asian Americans for Community Involvement
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) offers primary medical care, preventative care, psychiatric counseling and support groups for people of all ages. While AACI specializes in providing services to the Asian community, they are open to providing services to all people from underserved communities.
Health center staff members speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Burmese, Vietnamese and English along with several different dialects. While AACI receives reimbursements from several reimbursement sources, services are provided regardless of the ability of the client to pay.
AACI offers a robust menu of programs. In addition to primary care services, they offer mental health counseling, HIV/AIDS assistance and the Center for Survivors of Torture. They also offer a multitude of recovery programs, including adolescent substance abuse, CalWorks, CARE and drinking driver programs.
Support from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation will allow AACI to increase patient access to primary care services for individuals and families. Funding also supports behavioral health services and a diabetes program.
Learn more about Asian Americans for Community Involvement.
Santa Cruz Community Health Centers
Santa Cruz Community Health Centers (SCCHC) launched in 1974 as the Santa Cruz Women's Health Center (SCWHC), a private not-for-profit heath collective providing reproductive services and education in downtown Santa Cruz. Today SCCHC provides comprehensive primary care to thousands of women and children annually.
In May 2014, SCCHC opened a second clinic, the East Cliff Family Health Center, which expanded services to include men and also house a new pediatric department. Located in the East Cliff Village Shopping Center, the 9,000-square-foot clinic includes 15 exam rooms, counseling rooms and space for health education and group visits. Support from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation helps with the operation costs of the new East Cliff Family Health Center. SCCHC estimates the new center allows them to double the number of patient visits annually.
Learn more about Santa Cruz Community Health Centers.
Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County
Healthier Kids Foundation has spent more than a decade expanding children's health coverage in Santa Clara County. The VisionFirst Program screens 12,000 children in preschool, child care, and Head Start sites for vision problems using a photo optic scan camera. The program staff assists parents of children with identified issues to find and utilize follow-up care and prescribed treatment. If parents and children are uninsured, the program staff assists parents in enrolling their children into health coverage and then accessing follow-up vision services.
HKF also provides the Baby Gateway Program, classes on nutrition and prevention of childhood obesity; and a dental program which screens children for undetected dental issues.
Learn more about Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara County.
Health Education in Schools
5210 Numbers to Live By
Supported by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) and El Camino Hospital, 5210 Numbers to Live By seeks to improve the health of children and their families using a social marketing message to encourage children to eat fruits and vegetables, participate in active play, reduce screen time and eliminate consumption of sugary beverages.
The program reaches more than 8,000 children and their families each year in a variety of settings including preschools, elementary schools, a high school, day care centers and the community.
Learn more about 5210 Numbers to Live By.
Being mentally and emotionally healthy is an essential part of well-being. PAMF values and supports mental health services in a variety of ways. Several of the federally qualified health centers that we support provide mental health services, including MayView Community Health Center, Gardner Family Health Network and Asian Americans for Community Involvement. Through PAMF’s support, MayView has started a Behavioral Health program to serve patients who need mental health care at that clinic.
In addition, we have provided financial support to organizations such as National Alliance on Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Eating Disorders Resource Center and CASSY Bay Area, which provides counseling and support for youth.
Older adults have unique health needs and are too often underserved in the traditional medical setting. We work closely with the following community-based partners to help older adults:
- Avenidas Village
- Chinese American Coalition for Compassionate Care
- Ombudsman Services of San Mateo
- PAMF David Druker Center for Health Systems Innovation: Successful Aging Initiative
- Senior Network Services
Women’s health encompasses many forms of care, from screening mammograms to counseling and shelter for victims of domestic violence. PAMF supports prevention, treatment and counseling for women in the community.
At the Ravenswood Family Medical Center, PAMF physicians and technologists provide digital screening mammograms, breast ultrasound and breast biopsies, if needed. Even uninsured women receive a complete cycle of breast health care, from diagnosis to treatment.
In addition to Ravenswood, PAMF has provided financial support to:
- InnVision Shelter Network
- Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence
- Rape Trauma Services
- Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments (SAVE)
- WomenCare, Santa Cruz