The Community Health Fund (CHF) performs one of John Muir Health’s most important community benefit functions. We distribute grants and partner with community-based, nonprofit organizations to create sustainable health initiatives that expand and enhance health care services for those who need them most in central and east Contra Costa County.
Since our inception in 1997, the Community Health Fund has invested more than $30 million in these health initiatives, while building a unique process aimed at identifying the county’s most pressing health needs and the most effective ways to address those needs. First, we identify organizations that demonstrate trusted relationships with uninsured and underserved populations, as well as the capacity to improve the health and health care of these populations. Then we nurture long-term relationships with and among these organizations, so the changes they create are deep and lasting.
Consequently, many programs that receive their start from us continue long past the grant periods and to this day deliver critical health care services. Thousands of Contra Costa residents who might have slipped through the cracks in our health care system have ongoing access to high quality, culturally sensitive primary care, specialty care, dental care, behavioral health care, and healthy aging support services for conditions that range from cancer and chronic disease through dental caries and mental illness.
We are committed to delivering the same kinds of results to the many more in central and east Contra Costa who still struggle to find adequate support for their health and health care needs.