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June 23, 2021

Preview: Supervisors to discuss healthcare

San Benito County supervisors will discuss two issues related to healthcare at Tuesday’s meeting, set for 9 a.m. in the board chambers.

Supervisors are expected to approve a resolution supporting the Healthy San Benito Initiative. The initiative is being put forth by Vision San Benito County as an effort to ensure San Benito County residents have access to quality public health services that meet national standards. The process will include a community needs assessment with the goal of preparing for accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

Partners in the program include the YMCA, the Youth Alliance, First 5, Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital, the Hollister Fire Department, the gang task force, and the San Benito Health Foundation.

The first phase of the project will run through November, with partners gathering input from residents on the barriers to a healthy and vibrant community. They will use in person sessions and social media, as well as local websites and community media.

At the same meeting, supervisors will also discuss sending a letter of interest to the State Department of Health Care Services for a partnership between the county and the Central California Alliance for Health.

Stakeholders from San Benito, including representatives from Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital and the San Benito Health Foundation met last year to discuss a partnership with the Central California Alliance for Health as the county moves to a managed care program as part of the Medi-Cal redesign. On Feb. 8, they met again when stakeholders agreed to support the Alliance as the preferred option for Medi-Cal managed care.

Supervisors will also discuss a new class specification for the sheriff’s department and a reorganization of the sheriff’s office at the meeting.

For full details of the board agenda, visit www.cosb.us.

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