Influencing policies and advocating for initiatives affecting vulnerable populations.

As an Advocate…

We champion systems and policy changes that align with our mission and Focus Areas. We seek to amplify our role as a bold policy advocate by collaborating with government partners, local leaders, and community-based organizations to catalyze change, primarily at the county level.

Current advocacy priorities include expansion of medically tailored meal (MTM) interventions, as well as strategies to support people living with HIV/AIDS and/or diabetes.

Examples of our recent advocacy efforts include:

  • Launching the Фͼ Equity Agenda with the Behavioral Фͼ Contractors’ Association of Santa Clara County, Black Leadership Kitchen Cabinet, Community Фͼ Partnership, County of Santa Clara Public Фͼ Department, Santa Clara Family Фͼ Plan, and Working Partnerships USA, a set of projects to address local health disparities and an index to track key health equity metrics.
  • Sponsoring state legislation in partnership with the  to close disparities in diagnosis and treatment for hepatitis, especially for communities of color. Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on Oct. 4, 2021.
  • Providing staff support for a countywide Фͼ & Racial Equity Task Force during the pandemic, jointly led by elected officials from the County of Santa Clara and the City of San Jose.