"I don’t care who you are, where you came from or how much money you have in your pocket. Every man, woman and child in this county should get the health care they need, it is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do."
--Supervisor Simitian, Board President's 2019 State of the County Address
- Better Health Pharmacy -- California's first and only surplus drug re-use pharmacy offers free prescription medication for Santa Clara County residents with a valid ID and prescription. As a State Legislator, Supervisor Simitian worked to legalize safe redistribution of unopened prescription medications from those who no longer need them, to those who very much do. Disposal of unused medications costs an estimated $100 million annually in California alone, while nearly one quarter of American adults skip prescriptions due to cost, which leads to worsened health outcomes. In 2019 the Community Benefits Program of El Camino Hospital and Healthcare District awarded $50,000 in 2019 to help more county residents access the drugs they need. Learn more
Restaurant Grading -- Under Supervisor Simitian's leadership, the Board approved a food safety scoring system readily available to consumers. Based on visits from County health inspectors to restaurants and other food-serving facilities, such as grocery and convenience stores, bakeries, and school cafeterias, the inspection system is designed to ensure that if a restaurant’s door is open, the food is safe to eat. Learn more
- Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in Public Places -- Supervisor Simitian proposed that the County fund a pilot project in Mountain View placing AEDs within city buildings and schools, increasing the chances of a person surviving a heart attack. The successful pilot led to unanimous Board approval for a countywide program in partnership with the nonprofit, Racing Hearts. AEDs are now at strategic locations around the County, including in all Sheriff patrol cars, and of all Santa Clara County schools. Learn more
Asian American Health Services -- Supervisor Simitian has long championed expanded services for Asian-American residents. He secured approval to fund enlarging the health clinic at Asian Americans for Community Involvement, which doubled the clinic's annual patient visits. Supervisor Simitian also led the Board in requesting an assessment of health disparities within Asian communities.
In 2020, acting on the findings from the assessment, Supervisor Simitian drafted a referral that was approved by the Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. This created a Community Health Worker program for the Asian and Pacific Island communities. This program enables local community health workers to connect people with appropriate social and health services. Removing cultural and linguistic barriers in both reaching and servicing the communities allows for greater access, leading to better health outcomes. Learn more
- Improved Services at MayView -- MayView Community Health Center, part of Ravenswood Family Health Network, serves primarily low-income, uninsured residents in North County. At Supervisor Simitian’s urging, the County has funded an OB/GYN physician and nurse-practitioner to provide perinatal care at all three clinic locations, as well as financial assistance to increase MayView’s ability to hire and retain providers. Learn more
- Planned Parenthood Partnership, Mountain View -- Planned Parenthood Partnership, Mountain View -- Supervisor Simitian led the Board in developing a partnership with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte to augment health care services in North County/District Five, the only supervisorial district without a County health clinic. The County has leased a section of Planned Parenthood's new facility in Mountain View to provide specialty services, including pediatric and dental care. Learn more
Dental Services in North County -- Urged on by Supervisor Simitian, who called dental service a “have to have” not a “nice to have” component of healthcare, the County Board of Supervisors approved the leasing of dental office space in Mountain View which opened in September 2020. This expansion of the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center will reduce the long wait times for dental appointments for adults and seniors at the Sunnyvale location as well as help the County accomplish the State Dept. of Health’s initiative to increase the number of children receiving preventive care by 10% over the next five years. Learn more
Expanding Healthcare Coverage for the "Missing Middle" -- After expanding health care to lower-income residents through the Affordable Care Act and other programs, Supervisor Simitian grew increasingly concerned about the “missing middle”, residents who did not benefit from government programs or could not afford the premiums and co-pays for their employer-provided insurance. With this in mind, Supervisor Simitian worked closely with County administration to create a program that subsidizes healthcare costs for residents seeking medically necessary care at the County’s VMC hospitals and clinics. The program began in July 2020 and benefits families making up to $170,000 on a sliding scale, with those making below $105,000 receiving a full subsidy. Learn more
MedAssist -- Diabetes, asthma, and severe allergies are chronic, lifelong, and common conditions that can be well managed with proper treatment. No one should have to break the bank in order to afford that treatment—or go without, with potentially catastrophic consequences. That’s why Supervisor Simitian led the County’s effort to create and launch MedAssist, a program that covers the cost of life-saving medications for qualifying residents with these conditions. Learn more