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

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
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