Mountain View, CA - July 14, 2014 - El Camino Hospital announced it will contribute more than $2.9 million to local organizations in fiscal year 2015 as part of its Community Benefit Program. Grants will be awarded to community partners capable of achieving measurable results that address unmet health needs.
"Our Community Benefit grantees are essential partners in our efforts to improve the health and well-being or of community," said Tomi Ryba, president and chief executive officer of El Camino Hospital. "We rely on their expertise and experience to carry out impactful and meaningful work."
In 2013, El Camino Hospital conducted a Community Health Needs Assessment and identified four focus areas where their expertise and activities could impact the health of the community. The key priorities are healthcare access, mental health, healthy eating and physical activity and community health education/health literacy.
The El Camino Hospital Community Benefit Program will grant more than $2.9 million to school districts, health service providers, mental health organizations, community service agencies and other non-profits delivering health services and promoting wellness in the community.
- More than $1.1 million will be allocated to improving health and preventing the onset of disease in the community through enhanced access to primary care and chronic disease management.
- An additional $700,000 will help to improve the mental and emotional health of the community by providing screenings, education and access to services that address serious mental illness, depression and anxiety related to issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse, and bullying.
- Organizations working to encourage healthy living and reduce obesity in the community by providing education and access to nutritious food, physical activity and behavior change support will benefit from approximately $115,000.
- Programs that impact the pressing health needs of vulnerable seniors, youth and low income individuals through case management, improved health literacy and early intervention programs will receive over $900,000.
As a nonprofit hospital, El Camino Hospital gives back to the community in ways that respond to the health needs of the local population. The fiscal year 2015 grants allow us to reach out to underserved populations and at-risk individuals and have a positive impact on their health.