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The Safety Net Clinic Coalition (SNCC) forms the cornerstone of HIP's work to improve health outcomes and access for Santa Cruz County residents who receive care through publicly-funded programs, such as Medi-Cal, and the uninsured.

HIP convenes quarterly meetings with two groups representing the safety net: Safety Net Clinic Coalition (SNCC) and Safety Net Clinic Coalition Medical Directors (SNCC MD).

Operational and medical clinic leaders work collaboratively through SNCC and SNCC MD to develop solutions to address common challenges, share expertise and best practices, and improve quality of care.

 Safety Net Clinic Coalition 



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The Safety Net of Santa Cruz County aims to be a comprehensive, well-coordinated system of high-quality, affordable care with an easily accessible medical home for all low-income residents. The system balances the clinical and organizational strengths of each safety net partner and leverages available dollars to ensure maximum stability. ​

The Optimum Safety Net System of Care Will:
  • Prioritize primary and preventive care services in order to improve quality, improve the patient experience, and reduce costs.

  • Coordinate care effectively across levels of treatment: primary care, specialty care, inpatient, skilled care, and rehabilitation.

  • Provide culturally competent care.

  • Build a county-wide quality improvement system to track health outcomes, and identify opportunities for improvement.

  • Use electronic health records to work toward connectivity to other health care and community-based organizations to promote integrated care management and active referrals for hospital, specialty, and community-based care.

  • Respond to the ever-changing needs of the communities and residents served.

  • Provide patient choice of both public and private providers. 

  • Address access on a county-wide, geographic basis.


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