FOUNDATION FUNDED PROGRAMS
The following is a list of programs you support by contributing to San Mateo County Health Foundation. You can learn more about the efforts of our dedicated Foundation supporters and make a contribution to help our cause.
Caring Hands in Health launched during the COVID-19 pandemic as a compassionate way to provide immediate assistance to patients in dire need, and has since become one of our most sought after programs. Any San Mateo Medical Center staff member or provider can submit a HIPAA compliant application on behalf of a patient. The Foundation provides financial assistance for basic needs like groceries and medical and accessibility equipment, emergency housing assistance, and medical billing assistance with prescriptions, dental procedures, and insurance premiums and deductibles. Get full details about the program including FAQs.
The latest addition to the Caring Hands program is senior meals through Meals on Wheels for people 60 years old and above who live by themselves and cannot prepare their own meals or recovering from medical surgery and have difficulty being mobile.
Formerly known as Food Boxes for Food Insecure Families, we started this program at the beginning of the pandemic to provide food insecure patients at San Mateo Medical Center and their families a supply of locally sourced produce, proteins and dairy. Through our partnership with The Samaritan House, we are able to give 250 households access to nutritious food and groceries each week.
With your support, we hope to expand this program even further and to more households in our community. The Foundation is in need of funding to help purchase a refrigerated truck to keep food boxes fresh each week as it travels to the SMMC hospital and its clinics where food will be distributed to food insecure families. Please click here to help us meet our goal by donating $25 or more.
We are proud to share that San Mateo Medical Center was awarded the Quality Leaders Award for Innovation for their work on Food Insecurity. Learn about the food issues they identified and solutions they implemented, and see how our combined efforts make an impact on so many.
HEALING OUR HEALTHCARE HEROES
Resilience is something each of us have had to embrace since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite feeling strained healthcare workers at San Mateo Medical Center still want to care for the vulnerable citizens of our county, but they need our help. Let’s start by giving them a chance to attend Healing Our Healthcare Heroes, a complementary two-part healing program for frontliners impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Read about this valuable program then here is how you can help provide these heroes a year's worth of psychological support and tools.
BUNDLE OF JOY
The arrival of a baby begins another chapter in the life of a family. The expected birth of a child is an exciting and joyful experience. However, for many people who are living at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), this time can be quite unsettling and even daunting from a financial perspective. San Mateo County Health Foundation in partnership with San Mateo Medical Center launched Bundle of Joy in 2010 to assist new parents as they begin their journey of starting a family. You can support families in need by donating to the program.
KELLER CENTER FOR FAMILY VIOLENCE INTERVENTION
The Keller Center for Family Violence Intervention is a unique, multi-disciplinary, nationally recognized clinic at San Mateo Medical Center. It serves the needs of victims of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect, adult sexual abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse. The clinic provides a compassionate, culturally sensitive, family-oriented experience for victims of abuse, minimizing trauma and maximizing outcomes.
The Keller Center treats over 500 victims per year and provides services to over 1,700 community members in need. Victims come from every city in San Mateo County, with no geographic or socioeconomic barrier. 75 percent of the victims are children.