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Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Health, Health (General & Financing)

Mission: SCFHF’s mission is to promote access to affordable, high quality health care through resource development and outreach on behalf of the underserved members of our community. SCFHF’s focus is on raising funds to support the Healthy Kids program and the Children’s Health Initiative in Santa Clara County. The Children’s Health Initiative (CHI) is a county-wide, community-based effort to ensure that all children in the county whose parents have an income at or below 300% of the federal poverty level have health coverage. The Children’s Health Initiative includes two main elements: 1) an aggressive community outreach effort to identify uninsured children and assist their parents in applying for appropriate health coverage (Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, or Healthy Kids), and 2) the Healthy Kids program, a health coverage option available for uninsured children who do not qualify for state-subsidized health coverage. Before the start of Healthy Kids, one out of every eight children in Santa Clara County was without health coverage. Presently, there are fewer than 3% of children in Santa Clara County without regular health care support as a result of CHI and the Healthy Kids program.

Geographic areas served: Santa Clara County

Programs: Healthy Kids- medical, dental, vision and mental health coverage for children (currently over 11,000) in families who could otherwise not afford insurance for their children. Children's Health Initiative (a collaboration of multiple key agencies within the county)- conducts outreach to enroll children in programs in which they are eligible i.e. Medical, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids (funded by non federal and state funds), so that they will have regular care by their own doctor. Healthy Kids Collaboration- the Foundation acts a resource for other counties establishing similar programs providing them with information needed re: number of uninsured, establishing community partnerships, finding funding, etc.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Marie Bernard

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We all owe a great debt to The Healthier Kids Foundation (formerly the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation and their leadership - they uniquely advocate for health care services for ALL children, and their focus on vision and hearing tests for literally thousands of children each year change young lives. Today there are still children without health insurance, or who have limited coverage. The Healthier Kids Foundation brings health testing to schools and community centers where children and their families can easily access health information in a familiar environment.
As a partner agency, Sunnyvale Community Services uses the information and resources of The Healthier Kids Foundation to help fill the gaps in health care for the most needy in Santa Clara County.
- Marie Bernard, Executive Director, Sunnyvale Community Services

Review from Guidestar


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Santa Clara Family Health Foundation (SCFHF) is dedicated to ensuring that ALL children in our community have access to high quality health care. The stories and experiences of families and young people and extensive research have demonstrated the critical value of the children's health coverage SCFHF provides not only to the children and families who are enrolled through the Children Health Initiative (CHI) but also to overall public health and well-being of the community. SCFHF is a leader in raining awareness about the need for and value of children's coverage and engaging all sectors of the community in supporting and sustaining it, especially now in times of budget cuts.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

As a contract manager for the City of San Jose, I have managed the Children's Health Initiative agreeement for the last four years (the City provides the foundation $2.1 million dollars annually to provide health insurance to San Jose youth). My overall experience has been very positive. The Foundation was timely in submitting reports and consistently met or exceeded contract goals. Staff always acted professionally and promptly.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SCFH Foundation raises funds to provide health insurance coverage for children who do not qualify for government programs. I am impressed by its clarity of purpose and its dedication to gaining universal coverage for children in the County. The Foundation is an excellent champion of its cause and has maintain civic involvement in its funding through difficult economic times.