...Affordable, Quality Access for All

Working Partnerships strives to ensure that all families have access to quality health services and a strong health delivery system. Through a deep connection with our constituents, innovative policy thinking, and experience at building effective coalitions, Working Partnerships seeks to build local health care programs that can be replicated in other regions or serve as a statewide model for change.

Current Projects:

Santa Clara County Health Care Reform Stakeholders Committee, co-chaired by Working Partnerships, includes doctors, nurses, managers, unions, nonprofits and others and is in the midst of a multi-year project to ensure that national health care reform is implemented in Santa Clara County in a way that is a progressive model for other counties, protecting the county's most vulnerable residents, preserving the safety net and improving health care outcomes.

Affordable Care Act Outreach. On behalf of the Service Employees International Union Local 521, Working Partnerships is calling California residents to educate them about Covered California, the new health insurance marketplace created by federal health care reform. By March 2014 our goal is 54,000 calls.

Past Projects:

Children’s Health Initiative (CHI). In 2001, Working Partnerships pioneered a first-in-the-nation effort to achieve universal health insurance for children on a countywide level. Today, this program provides health coverage to more than 161,000 Santa Clara County kids. Once enacted locally, we provided technical assistance to other California counties as they set up their own Children’s Health Initiatives.  CHI has now been replicated in thirty counties and has been proposed as a statewide program. CHI website. CHI Workbook.

Healthy Workers is a new model for providing affordable health insurance to uninsured adults working for small businesses. The program launched in March 2010. For more information on this program, contact HealthyWorkers@scfhp.com.

Downtown San Jose Health Clinic. When Downtown’s only hospital closed, Working Partnerships worked with County officials and community leaders to look for alternative ways to provide much needed health services to the neighborhood’s historically underserved residents.  In 2008, we teamed up with County leaders to lead an overwhelmingly successful ballot initiative (Measure A) that included $50 million to assist with capital expenses for a new health clinic downtown.


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