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How We Help

Racial, Gender, and Ethnic Health Disparities

Racial, Gender, and Ethnic Health Disparities - Consistent with our strongly held values of “Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect” and “Health is a Right”, we dedicate resources to advocate for the mitigation and end to racial and ethnic health disparities that exist in our communities. Examples of this advocacy work include:

  • Pedi POWER - Pedi POWER (Pediatricians Organizing and Working to End Racism) is committed to an anti-racism approach to medicine. A group of passionate pediatricians at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center advocate for anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in patient care, in trainee education, and in recruiting and retaining pediatricians at Santa Clara Valley Healthcare. The Foundation provides programmatic support.
  • Racial Healing Initiatives - Valley Health Foundation provides philanthropic and programmatic support for the Racial Healing Initiatives at Santa Clara Valley Healthcare. This annual award program recognizes innovative approaches and initiatives that promote and celebrate racial healing within Santa Clara Valley Healthcare.
  • Race & Health Disparities - Valley Health Foundation serves on the Steering Committee of the Santa Clara County Race & Health Disparities Community Board. Appointed by the Board of Supervisors, the Community Board is tasked with developing recommendations to understand and mitigate race-based health disparities present in the County of Santa Clara Health System. The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the devastating interplay between racial discrimination and health outcomes. As a member of the Steering Committee, the Foundation provides strategic support to the Board and serves as its fiscal sponsor.
  • Women’s Leadership and Policy Summit - In partnership with Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez, this annual event attracts hundreds of local health, community, and elected leaders to inform, engage, and empower participants to move policies forward that will benefit women and families of our county, with a focus on physical and mental health.