Good health is foundational: Students learn better when they are healthy. Employees are on the job and productive and elderly remain active and living in their preferred communities.
“I don’t care who you are, where you came from or how much money you have in your pocket,” Simitian said at his 2019 State of the County address. “Every man, woman and child in this county should get the healthcare they need, it is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do."
- Better Health Pharmacy -- One of the first of its kind, the Better Health Pharmacy offers free prescription medication for Santa Clara County residents with a valid ID and prescription. Since 2005 County Supervisor Simitian has worked to allow the legal redistribution of prescription medications, under supervised conditions, from those who no longer need them, to those who very much do. It is estimated that the costs of unused medications discarded in California is $100 million, while 23% of American adults miss doses or skip prescriptions due to cost which leads to worsened health outcomes. Learn more >>
- Restaurant grading -- Under the leadership of Supervisor Simitian, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved a food safety scoring system readily available to consumers. Restaurant grading is based on visits from the County’s health inspectors to restaurants and other food-serving facilities such as grocery, convenience stores, bakeries and school cafeterias. The County’s inspection system is designed to ensure that if a restaurant’s door is open, the food is safe to eat. Learn more >>
- Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public places -- In 2014 Supervisor Simitian proposed that the County fund a pilot project in Mountain View for placing AEDs within city buildings and schools, increasing the chances of a person surviving a heart attack. With the success of this pilot, a countywide program was unanimously approved by the Board in June 2017. The non-profit, Racing Hearts, has now placed AEDs at strategic locations around the county, including in all Sheriff patrol cars, and of all Santa Clara County schools. Learn more >>
- Asian American health services -- Supervisor Simitian has championed expanded services for Asian-American residents. In 2014, he included in the budget one-time funding for enlarging the health clinic at Asian Americans for Community to include more examining rooms, which allowed the clinic to more than double its annual patient visits. In 2016, Supervisor Simitian persuaded the Board of Supervisors to request an assessment of health disparities within our Asian communities. Based on the results of this assessment, Simitian included $700,000 in the County’s 2018 budget to fund evidence-based programs that would address Asian health disparities. Learn more >>
- Improved services at Mayview -- MayView
is a community health center serving primarily low-income, uninsured residents
in North County. At Supervisor Simitian’s urging, the County has funded an
OB/GYN physician and nurse-practitioner to provide perinatal care for expecting
mothers at all three clinic locations. Additionally, the County has provided
financial assistance to increase MayView’s ability to hire and retain
providers. Learn more >>