Friday, March 5th, 2010
The Health Trust’s mission is to lead the Silicon Valley community to advance wellness. The vision of The Health Trust is to make Silicon Valley the healthiest region in America—a place where every resident can achieve optimal health throughout their lifetime, no matter their background, income, race, ethnicity or age. It believes that health care does not just take place in a doctor’s office and clinic or hospital. For everyone to achieve optimal health, the community itself must become a place that supports the health of all its residents.
The Health Trust was founded in 1996 as a charitable foundation with the proceeds from the sale of three local nonprofit hospitals. Since then the organization has been a catalyst in Silicon Valley for community partnerships that identify health issues and work together to find innovative solutions. In January of 2008, The Health Trust announced a $30 million investment in three initiatives – Healthy Living, Healthy Aging, and Healthy Communities.
San Benito Bounty has become a member of Silicon Valley Food System Collaborative, an offshoot organization formed to bring together producers, consumers, educators and advocates to cultivate a sustainable, regional food system that provides all Silicon Valley residents healthful and affordable food. Its three year goals:
• Establish a functional organization that preserves individual identities and does not duplicate efforts
• Increase the total amount of food grown and eaten locally
• Generate and obtain new resources for food system change
• Increase awareness of and engagement in a sustainable, regional food system
• Increase the capacity of organizations to reach people with the highest level of need
Its vision is to transform the local and regional food systems to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable resulting in better health and well being for people and the land by 2015.
San Benito Bounty is proud to be a member of this action-oriented collaborative of over 25 organizations. Updates will be coming on this exciting adventure.
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