School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County began in 1986 with a locally supported clinic at San José High Academy that aimed to bridge the gap in accessible, quality healthcare among low income communities. Initially run by the Visiting Nurse Association of the (then) San Jose Medical Center, it was later overseen by The Health Trust. In 2003, it became an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and a Federally Qualified Health Center, which resulted in streamlined operations, improved efficiency and effectiveness of care, and a sustainable source of core funding. Today, School Health Clinics operates 5 clinics that serve more than 6,200 individuals annually, fulfilling its mission to provide high quality, affordable primary medical care for the low income community.
One in ten children in Santa Clara County lives in poverty, and among the county’s Latino population the poverty rate is one in four households. In addition, Latinos disproportionately lack health insurance, experience high gaps in educational attainment and unemployment, and have high rates of obesity, diabetes, and drug abuse.
School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County addresses these challenges by providing primary medical care to more than 5,800 low-income individuals annually that helps keep families healthy and children in school. Located on school campuses in San José and Gilroy, our five clinics are affordable and easily accessible - no one is turned away because they cannot pay. More than 84% of our patients are pediatric or adolescent; and our Washington Neighborhood Health Clinic provides family practice care that is available to patients of all ages.
Our clinics are safe and welcoming, with bilingual staff that address everything from immunizations and well-child visits, to screening and treatment for childhood obesity, depression, and behavioral health issues. We help families navigate referrals for specialty care, apply for healthcare coverage, and access transportation. Our clinics are staffed with a nurse practitioner or physician assistant, and two bilingual Spanish-speaking medical assistants. Supervising physicians oversee the clinics under the management of our Medical Director, Dr. Claude Rogé, a pediatric cardiologist.