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Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center

Santa Cruz, Calif.



The center plays a vital safety-net role by delivering comprehensive primary care, chronic care, behavioral health, and complementary medical services for women and children, including many chronically ill, homeless, and uninsured patients. Faced with increasing demand for services, the clinic is using this two-year grant from the Health Clinic Opportunity Fund to cover mounting operating expenses. The fund is designed to bridge, build, and sustain the operations of high-performing community health centers serving diverse and vulnerable populations. It targeted free clinics, public health clinics, and designated federally qualified health center look-alikes to meet both the immediate and long-term health needs of their constituents. Priority was given to projects that leverage existing resources, create more effective operating systems, improve efficiencies, and expand and maintain access to health services for vulnerable populations.