Navigation Links
The Health Trust Announces $30 Million Investment Towards Making Silicon Valley Healthiest Region in America
Date:1/24/2008

Strategic initiatives focus on healthy living, healthy aging, healthy

communities

CAMPBELL, Calif., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Health Trust today announced a $30 million investment in three initiatives that will help Silicon Valley become the healthiest region in America.

By 2010, the goal is to make significant strides in achieving the goals of healthy living, healthy aging, and healthy communities for everyone in the region.

"Silicon Valley is dynamic and successful, but we are not immune to health challenges," said Frederick J. Ferrer, Chief Executive Officer of The Health Trust. "We are experiencing the national epidemic of obesity that increases the risks of many deadly chronic diseases. We are facing a population explosion of seniors in our county and our health and social service system is ill-prepared. And, we struggle to overcome the barriers to health that exist for far too many people in our community. There is much work to be done."

Over the last two years, The Health Trust Board of Trustees, staff, and other community leaders identified the most critical health issues of the region and developed detailed strategies for effective change. "We based our decisions in solid research to determine where the largest areas of need were, and where our leadership and investments could make the biggest contribution to health," said Ferrer.

All three initiatives concentrate on changing the community environment so that health is more accessible to every resident. The three initiatives launched by The Health Trust are:

-- "Healthy Living" which focuses on getting more people to a healthy weight. Plans for this initiative include advocacy for land use policies that support physical activity and healthy lifestyles, encouraging more community gardens and farmers markets, workplace wellness activities, and an engaging public education campaign to encourage people to eat better and be more physically active.

"This means changes to infrastructure so that children have places to play near their homes, that families can safely walk to schools and neighborhood services, and that everyone can conveniently buy fresh produce and other nutritious food," Ferrer said. "Every individual should have the opportunity to live a healthy life."

-- "Healthy Aging" which focuses on more physical activity opportunities for seniors, improved hospital-to-home transitions, and training, support and respite for caregivers. The Health Trust will also expand Meals On Wheels and other services to support independent living.

"We plan to open the first neighborhood cafe that will be open to all generations, but be especially welcoming to seniors," Ferrer explained. "Having regular contact with people is so important in keeping seniors physically and mentally active."

-- "Healthy Communities" which focuses on ensuring fair and equitable health care services and programs for all of the region's residents. Plans include health screenings for the prevention and management of chronic disease, recruitment and training of a diverse health care workforce, and getting more people covered by health insurance.

"As part of this initiative, we are very proud to be opening an innovative Children's Dental Center in June in East San Jose," Ferrer added. "It will provide dental care for thousands of the estimated 120,000 children in our county who need to see a dentist."

The Health Trust, formed in 1996 with beginning assets from the sale of four local nonprofit hospitals, has always been more than a traditional grantmaking foundation. From the start, it has also provided direct services to the community and been a leader in community collaborations to tackle significant health problems. In its first 10 years, The Health Trust provided more than $100 million of community benefit through program services and grantmaking activity. The Health Trust's current net assets top $135 million.

For more information on The Health Trust and its vision for Silicon Valley, visit http://www.healthtrust.org.


'/>"/>
SOURCE The Health Trust
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Penn study finds pro-death proteins required to regulate healthy immune function
2. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
3. Air pollution linked to cardiovascular risk indices in healthy young adults
4. More proof needed of safety and quality of electronic personal health records
5. Health care incentive model offers collaborative approach
6. Loneliness is bad for your health
7. Mailman School of Public Health study examines link between racial discrimination and substance use
8. Green Tea May Brew Up Healthier Skin
9. For Health Info, Women Often Turn to the Web
10. Record Number of Americans Lack Health Insurance
11. U.S. Research Funding Continues to Flatten as U.S. Health Costs Climb - in August 31 Science
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/2/2016)... , ... May 02, 2016 , ... Dr. Philip Shindler, ... patients with same day treatments. In the past, many necessary dental treatments could require ... along with multiple anesthetic shots and extra chair time. Not only could this be ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... Naperville, Illinois (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... our modernized mail back service. MedPro now offers its mail back service for ... this offer; we are now able to provide service to all of the clients ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... NV (PRWEB) , ... May 02, 2016 , ... ... Pharmacy Times, has announced a new Specialty Pharmacy Patient Satisfaction Award that will ... based on the quarterly results from Zitter Health Insights’ Specialty Pharmacy Patient Satisfaction ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... , ... The 2016 World Ultimate & Guts Championship (WUGC) Mixed roster was announced in February ... The WUGC is being held in London, England this year from June 18-25. At the ... another gold in the women’s masters division, and a silver in the women’s division, so ...
(Date:5/2/2016)... ... 02, 2016 , ... Pregnancy Awareness Month offers a great time to get ... “If you are ready to have a baby, it’s best to get started before ... is your Personal Conception & Pregnancy Organizer, written for women who plan on becoming ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)...  While Abbott,s announced purchase of St. Jude ... and stent business, healthcare research firm Kalorama Information ... into patient monitoring.  Kalorama said that patient monitoring ... with double-digit growth expected the next 5 years, ... Patient Monitoring . Abbott Laboratories agreed to ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... NEW YORK , April 28, 2016  The ... reached 275 million dollars, according to Kalorama Information and ... includes typing, immunoassays and nucleic acid testing.  The healthcare ... had made progress in developing blood collection stations and ... was made in Kalorama Information,s report, Blood ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... April 28, 2016 Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. ... pharmaceutical company focused on the development of oral drug delivery ... upcoming PIONEERS 2016 conference, presented by Joseph Gunnar ... New York . Nadav Kidron , ... conference. Presentation Details:   PIONEERS ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: