On Friday, March 23rd, the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust hosted the 15th Annual Diabetes Forum. The Forum convened the Health Trust’s Regional Diabetes Collaborative to explore the theme Healthcare Beyond the Clinic: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health.

Forum speakers included Elsa Mendoza Jimenez, Monterey County Director of Health Services, Elizabeth (Betsy) Nahas Wilson, Director of Housing Development for MidPen Housing Corp and Swamini Bajpai, Director of the Senior Services Program for MidPen Housig Corp.; Panel speakers included, Maria Cadenas, Executive Director for Santa Cruz County Community Ventures; Reid Norris, Executive Director of Everyone’s Harvest, and; Richard Puente, Healthy Start Coordinator for the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.

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To each of our generous sponsors, Kaiser Permanente, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Santa Cruz, Watsonville Community Hospital, Santa Cruz Naturals and Dignity Health/Dominican Hospital, THANK YOU for supporting this community event!

For information about how you can help locally to address the social determinants of health, contact Veronica Camberos, Director of Programs at the Health Trust, at vcamberos@pvhealthtrust.org or phone 831-761-5639.