"A healthy community benefits all of us."
– San Mateo County Health Foundation Board of Directors
Since 1989, the San Mateo County Health Foundation has been dedicated to providing healthcare access to all. Below we have included details about who we are, how our organization was founded, the importance of our mission, and the people who support it.
WHO WE ARE
San Mateo County Health Foundation exists to promote and champion the health and well-being of all residents of our community, regardless of ability to pay, primarily through supporting excellence and innovation in the County’s hospital and clinic system.
HONORING OUR HISTORY
In 1989, a group of four very active community leaders and volunteers were concerned about how the vulnerable residents of San Mateo County would access affordable healthcare. Anna Eshoo, now a Congresswoman, was a consensus builder who fought for access to healthcare for families and children. Margaret Taylor, a newly appointed Assistant Director in the San Mateo County Health Services Agency was concerned about the new health crisis she was seeing with HIV AIDS. Evelyn Stanton volunteered for more than 40 years at the local, state, and national level before becoming Executive Director of Mental Health Association (MHA). Linda Gregory was a union activist. These four women advocated on behalf of vulnerable citizens and convinced an individual to fund what is now the San Mateo County Health Foundation.
As we move forward our goal is to continue the work of these incredible women by providing strategic funding for programs and services that enhance the health of our community.
WHY WE DO IT
Public hospitals, community clinics, health centers, and local providers that serve disadvantaged communities provide a crucial healthcare safety net for the underinsured and uninsured. However, these providers have limited resources and service capacity. Not all uninsured people have geographic access either. The San Mateo Medical Center (SMMC) hospital and clinics are the safety net hospital for residents of San Mateo County. The San Mateo County Health Foundation, in partnership with SMMC hospital and clinics, secures funding to support quality care for 70,000 adults and children every year.
"It is our sincere hope as you visit this website that you will want to get involved! A healthy community benefits all of us."
– San Mateo County Health Foundation Board of Directors.
SMCHF BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Philip Eastman, MD
James Meier, MD
Katherine A. Sharp