“Health care isn't only what takes place in a doctor's office, a clinic or a hospital. We put way too much emphasis on treating disease rather than protecting health in the first place.”
--Former CDC Director, Julie Gerberding, MD
The mission of The Health Trust is to lead the Silicon Valley community to advance wellness.
Vision and Initiatives
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. We believe 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.
With a strong emphasis on prevention, we focus our work through three initiatives: Healthy Living, Healthy Aging and Healthy Communities.
- The Healthy Living Initiative aims to reduce obesity by creating changes in our environment to increase access to physical activity and healthy food opportunities for all residents.
- The Healthy Aging Initiative works to ensure that older adults spend more years in good health and engaged as vital members of our community. We do this work by supporting nutrition, physical activity, and social engagement for older adults and by improving systems to help their caregivers.
- The Healthy Communities Initiative works to reduce health disparities though our programs and policy changes that seek to improve health outcomes for everyone in our community.
In each initiative we have specific strategies to reach our goals. These strategies are accomplished through grantmaking, direct services and programs, partnerships, and policy and advocacy.
A charitable foundation, The Health Trust was founded in 1996 from the sale of three local nonprofit hospitals. For more than 15 years 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.
Respect - Appreciating the contributions of all and treating others the way we want to be treated
Integrity - Serving with honesty, doing what we say we will do and taking responsibility for our actions
Innovation - Committing to ongoing learning about best practices, our community, what is required for environmental change and then forging new paths to create that change
Collaboration - Partnering with the community, leveraging resources and creating synergy; fostering teamwork among staff with our own organization
Diversity - Valuing the differences, skills, strengths, and perspectives of all
Stewardship - Using our resources prudently and nurturing our relationships in the community to be able to support and promote community health, now and for the future
We hope you join us to make our vision a reality.
The Health Trust maintains a policy of non-discrimination for all persons seeking access to services, employment, volunteer work or membership on a committee or governing body of The Health Trust.
The Health Trust’s practices shall not be influenced or affected by virtue of a potential or existing client’s, applicant’s, employee’s or participant’s race, color, marital status, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or disability including HIV/AIDS; nor shall any practices be influenced by the disability of veterans, or Vietnam War veteran status.