Health & Human Services Day

Health & Human Services Santa Cruz County

Health & Human Services Day provided a broad and informative overview of our Health Care and Social Services landscape. We heard from the major providers of both clinical and behavioral health care programs. Attendees gained a better understanding of the importance of Mental Health and social determinants as being deeply intertwined with health care provision and outcomes. This training will help our class members better recognize the efforts and importance of providing medical care in conjunction with social and mental health services.

Bill Maclean, MD, Assistant Physician in Charge for Santa Cruz County and Kaiser Permanente representative welcomed the class. We learned about Cabrillo College Allied Health and Workforce Training from Dr. Cynthia Fitzgerald, an overview of County Health Systems and Network of Partners

from Mimi Hall, MPH, Director Health Services Agency. After the break Health System Leaders Elisa Orona, Executive Director, Health Improvement Partnership; Stephanie Sonnenshine, CEO, Central CA Alliance for Health; Nanette Mickiewicz, MD, President/CEO, Dominican Hospital; Leslie Conner, MPH, CEO of Santa Cruz Community Health Center, and Larry deGhetaldi, MD, CEO, Sutter, and Palo Alto Medical Foundation presented.

2 more panel discussions rounded out the morning and early afternoon sessions: Santa Cruz County Human Services and Social Supports Discussion with Erik Riera, Behavioral Health Director, Santa Cruz County HSA; Leslie Goodfriend, Senior Health Services Manager, Santa Cruz County HSA; Pam Rogers-Wyman, Behavioral Health Program Manager, Adult Services Director, Santa Cruz County HSA and The Intersection of the Homeless and Health Services with Rayne Perez, Santa Cruz County Homeless Services Coordinator; Darlene Torres, Salud Para La Gente, Community Health Services Manager; Joey Crottogini, Health Center Manager, HSA

Afternoon tours highlighted selected social service nonprofits and health care clinics providing services to Santa Cruz County residents:

Watsonville Hospital - led by DeAndre James, CEO Pajaro Valley Health Trust

Sutter, led by Stephen Gray, CAO of Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center/PAMF

Housing Matters, Formerly Homeless Services Center - led by Phil Kramer, Director

Second Harvest Food Bank - led by Willy Elliott-McCrea, Executive Director

Grey Bears - led by Grace Mora, Operations Manager

Thank you to our generous day sponsor, Kaiser Permanente and to our host, Cabrillo College!

Next Class Day: Business and Tourism and Transportation, Friday, December 6

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