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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization takes credit for the work performed by the similarly named Santa Clara Family Health Plan, but much of the funds it has raised are actually spent on non-health related purposes, such as a the $250,000 it contributed to the Measure A sales tax increase campaign, the salary it paid to its CEO while she ran for political office and the 2013 lawsuit it undertook to prevent public scrutiny of foundation activities (it lost, and had to pay opponents’ legal fees). Executive Director also sought a CALPers pension by claiming to be a government employee, which was denied, as shown in the attached videos.

Review from Guidestar


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This foundation no longer exists, at least not under the name Santa Clara Family Health Foundation. It has been rebranded to Healthier Kids Foundation. I will not say anything other than to suggest that anyone looking to donate to this foundation do an internet search for the executive director, by name, and the words "family health fiasco." There have been allegations made that might be of potential concern to some donors. Other helpful search terms might include the name of one of the female members of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. It is interesting to note that the foundation's staff and board of directors are now larger than ever, but what exactly the foundation does is hard to discern.

Review from Guidestar