Community Benefit Partnerships
As a not-for-profit health care organization, Mills-Peninsula Health Services is dedicated to enhancing the health of people in the communities it serves. Our commitment to the community stretches far beyond our efforts to provide top-quality medical care. We support a wide range of activities and partnerships designed to keep people healthy.
African-American Community Health Advisory Committee
Since 1995, The African-American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC) has partnered with community churches and grass-roots organizations to promote health in underserved populations, including the African-American, Hispanic and Pacific Islander communities.
AACHAC delivers health messages and addresses the higher incidence of cancer and heart disease in these communities by providing education and screenings for early detection. It also promotes healthy lifestyles through the Soul Stroll for Health, and provides support for adult children of aging parents.
Mills-Peninsula supported the work of AACHAC in 2012 with monetary and in-kind contributions of $189,000.
Mills-Peninsula Senior Focus
Senior Focus is a program started by Mills-Peninsula in 1985 to help seniors stay healthy and get the services they need to live independently. Today, Senior Focus serves as educator, service provider and advocate for elders in the community, in the hospital and at home.
Services include health screenings, health insurance counseling, courses on how to avoid falls, adult day health care, Alzheimer’s day health care, and courses for caregivers. The programs offer important recreation and social contact for seniors, as well as a team of licensed clinical specialists who help seniors maintain their highest level of independence.
Mills-Peninsula provided $1,941,000 in 2012 to Senior Focus.
Operation Access connects uninsured patients who need specialty surgery with hospitals and volunteer doctors who donate their surgical services. Mills-Peninsula has been partnering with Operation Access since 2003.
By providing specialty care for low-income, uninsured patients, Mills-Peninsula fills a vital community need and contributes to improving both the lives of our patients and the health of the community.
In 2012, 25 of our doctors served 109 patients, providing $741,178 in waived surgery and hospital fees. This donation amounted to 51 percent of all Operation Access services in San Mateo County.
Samaritan House | San Mateo
Samaritan House provides services to meet the daily needs of more than 12,000 low-income people within San Mateo County. Mills-Peninsula partners with Samaritan House to improve access to primary and specialty care by providing screenings, radiology and labs to the uninsured and underinsured.
Safety net clinics such as Samaritan House help provide appropriate medical care, giving people an affordable alternative to the expensive emergency room. The primary and prenatal care provided also helps people maintain good health and avoid disease.
Mills-Peninsula provided $1,090,000 in 2012 in financial support and in-kind services, including medications and radiology services.
The Mills-Peninsula Grants Program is designed to support health-related projects proposed by community organizations. By funding geographically and demographically diverse organizations with small grants, we achieve a greater reach into the community, at the most needy touch points.
In a continually challenged economy with state and federal budget constraints, the work of community based non-profit organizations is increasingly important to San Mateo County’s neediest residents.
Mills-Peninsula provided $250,000 in small grants to 31 nonprofit organizations in 2013.