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Sequoia Healthcare District

FOR YOUR HEALTH

Sequoia Healthcare District Equity Commitment

Dear Sequoia Healthcare District resident,

Sequoia Healthcare District’s a mission is to improve the health of District residents by enhancing access to care, promoting wellness and being a diligent steward of taxpayer dollars. We are responsible to our residents, ensuring that all residents from every ethnic and socio-economic group experience optimal physical and mental health at every stage of life.

Equity always has been a core value of our District. The current national discourse re-ignited by George Floyd’s death and the global pandemic’s spotlight on healthcare inequities highlights what longstanding public health data tells us: race plays an integral part of the health and living conditions that disproportionately puts so many people of color at risk.

To truly reach a more equitable society, we need to change our everyday practices, our institutions, and the cultural narratives that reinforce racial disparities. These disparities arise when people of differing races are treated differently in their everyday experiences and social interactions with others.

Sequoia Healthcare District Board is steadfast in our commitment to health equity throughout our community. We will continue to address racial disparities by making decisions through an equity lens. This conviction already informs a majority of our community grant funding decisions and our Healthy Schools Initiative grants.

Our Healthy Schools Initiative is a prime example of how we draw attention through education to this critical issue. We currently fund and strongly encourage schools to participate in Implicit Bias Training, Restorative Practice Training, and Trauma-Informed Training, each of which is offered to staff, faculty and parents in districts with which we partner. Our focus on equity is an embedded priority within these learning opportunities.

We support law enforcement efforts to foster youth development and leadership and to develop trust and connection between law enforcement and youth through our partnerships with the Redwood City Police Activities League and San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League. We are inviting these partners to join the diversity and inclusion training we offer to our schools.

While we acknowledge we don’t have all the solutions to reverse or tackle disparities in our system, we know we can work toward eliminate them locally. We are committed to making explicit what we do implicitly: identifying barriers, removing constraints, challenging conventional wisdom, and asking “what if?”

  • What if we treat healthcare as a fundamental right?
  • What if we can create more health equity by recognizing that racism is a real public health concern?
  • What if we ensure that those who are marginalized get the services they need and deserve?

We welcome community input and feedback as we revisit these questions in our three-year Strategic Plan.

These are important times when we need our community’s constructive ideas to inform how the District can serve you to the best of our abilities. Please reach out to me with your thoughts at pkurtzman@seqhd.org.

Sincerely,

Pamela Kurtzman

CEO, Sequoia Healthcare District

SHD Board Meeting

Both regularly scheduled and special SHD Board meetings are open to the public. Due to the Shelter-in-Place directive, board meetings will be held over Zoom. The Zoom information are posted below 72 hours in advance of the meeting and the board meeting agenda made available. The next regular board meeting will be Wednesday, August 6, 2020 at 4:30. Check back here for the Zoom link. 

Our Mission & Vision

Sequoia Healthcare District is committed to improving the health of District residents by enhancing access to care and promoting wellness through responsible stewardship of District taxpayer dollars.

Our Vision is for all District residents to experience optimal physical and mental health at every stage of life.

We pledge to return to the community 100% of the net tax revenue within three years in health-related programs and services.

Our Core Values: Sequoia CARES

Compassion

We demonstrate
care by the programs we provide and support

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Action

We act as catalysts for developing and implementing innovative and impactful programs

Respect

We give due regard for the rights of everyone and uphold the dignity all people deserve

Equity

We are committed to improving access to health and wellness services for all residents

Stewardship

We are diligent and ethical in our entrusted role with taxpayer funds 

Our Mission

Sequoia Healthcare District is committed to improving the health of District residents by enhancing access to care and promoting wellness through responsible stewardship of District taxpayer dollars.

Our Vision is to make possible for all District residents to experience optimal physical and mental health at every stage of life.

We pledge to return to the community 100% of the tax revenue in health-related programs and services.

Our Core Values

Compassion

We demonstrate
care by the programs we provide and those we support

Z

Action

We act as catalysts for developing and implementing innovative and impactful programs

Respect

We give due regard for the rights of everyone and uphold the dignity all people deserve

Equity

We are committed to improving access to health and wellness services for all residents

Stewardship

We are diligent and ethical in our entrusted role with taxpayer funds 

Our Annual Impact

At the Sequoia Healthcare District we value innovation and creative solutions to addressing health issues. We have demonstrated that commitment not only by financially supporting great community health projects and outstanding service providers but by also developing and managing our own signature health programs.

Residents served by our district dollars

residents receiving dental and clinical services from our partners

residents receiving food assistance

Children served by our Healthy Schools Initiave programs

Our Programs

Sequoia Healthcare District has been a leader in developing and supporting innovative health care programs for the residents of central and southern San Mateo County. Some of these programs have been developed and are managed by District staff. Other programs have been developed by our government and non–profit partners and in those cases, Sequoia Healthcare District serves as a financial sponsor and appear below as “major funding initiatives.”

Healthy Schools Initiative

Our Healthy Schools Initiative provides funding for school programs to support the health and well-being of our local school communities. 

Sequoia Strong™

Sequoia Strong™ (formerly 70 Strong) is a free, online resource guide that connects residents like you to free and low-cost activities and services in our community.  

Brain Health Classes (coming soon)

Sequoia Healthcare District will soon be offering Brain Health Classes. Stay tuned for more information! 

HeartSafe

The HeartSafe program provides CPR classes and places life-saving equipment such as AEDs and Lucas Devices in the community.

Major Funding Initiatives

Our major funding initiatives are Ravenswood Family Health Center and Samaritan House Redwood City Clinic.

Emergency Preparedness Classes

Sequoia Healthcare District has partnered with the Redwood City Fire Department to provide free Emergency Preparedness classes for District residents. Register for our upcoming class here and sign up for San Mateo County Emergency Alerts. 

Our Grants

The District’s Caring Community Grants fund the work of more than 50 nonprofits to provide various health services to more than 32,000 residents. The Healthy Schools Initiative Grants fund the work of a multitude of nonprofits to provide services to more than 28,000 students with mental health counseling, physical fitness, nutrition education, and other prevention and early intervention programs.

Caring Community Grants

Our grants fund organizations or government agencies that offer health services to our District residents.
Learn more

Healthy Schools Initiative Grants

HSI offers school-based grants (for organizations) and mini grants (for staff and students) to support health programs in school. 
Learn more

Our Grants

The District’s Caring Community Grants fund the work of more than 50 nonprofits to provide various health services to more than 32,000 residents. The Healthy Schools Initiative Grants fund the work of more than a dozen non-profits to provide services to more than 28,000 students with mental health, physical fitness and nutrition education, and other prevention and early intervention programs.

Caring Community Grants

Our grants fund organizations or government agencies that offer health services to our District residents.
Learn more

Healthy Schools Initiative Grants

HSI offers school-based grants (for organizations) and mini grants (for staff and students) to support health programs in school.
Learn more