Community health is impacted by myriad policy issues including
access to care, care coordination, pre- and post-acute service
availability, community support service availability, as well as
the social determinants of health status such as poverty, housing
instability/affordability, food insecurity, lack of physical
activity, race/ethnicity, education, health literacy and
documentation status. These social determinants can become
chronic, co-morbid conditions for our patients.
Support local programs and initiatives that support access,
care coordination, and partnerships to address social
determinants of health status.
Where there is local support and opportunity, advocate for
affordable housing for low income residents.
Manage the local political process of support and funding for
At the Hospital Quality Institute’s (HQI) annual conference,
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) was honored with the
2019 C. Duane Dauner Award, which recognizes outstanding
achievement in patient safety, quality improvement, and patient
experience. SCVMC won for developing a program to safely
discharge certain individuals experiencing homelessness.
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