Regional Diabetes Collaborative (RDC)

In 2001, the Health Trust convened a Regional Diabetes Collaborative (RDC) comprised of more than 40 public and private member agencies, as well as medical providers and consumer representatives to support, promote, and coordinate efforts to prevent and manage diabetes in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.


Community Health Forum

Diabetes Health Fair

The RDC is committed to reducing and managing diabetes in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties through the following goals:

  • Partnerships with private, public, governmental, and community-based organizations to prevent diabetes.
  • Increased public awareness and diabetes education.
  • Promotion of best practices in clinical management to improve treatment effectiveness for diabetes.
  • Improved availability, accessibility, and affordability of treatment services, medicines, and equipment for diabetes patients.
  • Development and implementation of a policy advocacy plan designed to address diabetes.

To view more details, please view our Strategic Plan

#LIVE Pajaro Valley Initiative

Our vision is a healthy community in which all people have access to safe, clean shelter and nutritious food, and experience a sense of belonging. The Pajaro Valley is rich in natural and cultural resources, with everything needed to support a healthy community: hard-working people, productive agricultural land, and vibrant community organizations, businesses and houses of worship. However, in this place of abundance, for some, the vision of a healthy community remains an aspiration:

  • Nearly one in four people live in poverty. Women and children are more likely to experience poverty, and the rate of extreme poverty is high compared to other parts of the state;
  • Several neighborhoods in greater Watsonville are considered food deserts, meeting both low-income and low-access thresholds, which contributes to poor diets, high levels of obesity, and food insecurity;
  • Housing costs are high — among those renting their homes, 68% pay more than 30% of their income on housing, forcing financial tradeoffs between basic needs like shelter, food, and medicine.


Communities advance when individuals see their potential and partners come together to support shared goals for a healthy, productive, and engaged community. Working together across sectors to achieve shared aims provides the best opportunity to address the complex issues that deter individual and community health.

Our Proposed Approach

  • The Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust will work to maintain and strengthen existing collaborative initiatives and build from what is already working well.
  • In early 2019, we will host the first #LIVEPajaroValley Conference. This event will inspire a cross-sector of community leaders and residents to identify innovative solutions to long standing issues and together redesign the future of health and wellness in the Pajaro Valley.

For more information on the #LIVE Pajaro Valley Initiative and inquiries regarding membership participation, please contact Program Staff, phone 761-5695, or email.

The Food, Farming, & Health Policy Council

The aim of the Food, Farming, & Health Policy Council is to establish policies that create an environment where every resident eats healthy foods and lives an active lifestyle. The Council pursues strategies that increase access to healthy, affordable foods, including fresh produce, and decrease access to unhealthy food; increase enrollment in and use of federal food programs, and increase access to safe parks and public spaces. The Council’s policy directions are informed by the use data and by incorporating the voices of people with lived experience.


  • Recruit and convene a cross-sector Council to explore the most important issues and opportunities related to improving health and well-being within the Pajaro Valley.
  • Develop a Council Charter and statement of values to guide the Council’s ongoing work.
  • Meet regularly to deepen understanding of community issues and explore practical, policy, and market changes that can be positively influenced by the Council.
  • Engage experts – including people experiencing challenging conditions within the community and organizations working on related issues in other places within the state – to help the Council refine and improve strategy.

For more information on the Food, Farming, & Health Policy Council and inquiries regarding membership participation, please contact Program Staff, phone 761-5695, or email.