The Rev. Robby Olson

Robby Olson is a California native who, after brief sojourns in Wisconsin and Washington has found his way back home. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. Robby and his wife, Jenni Veitch-Olson, came to Watsonville in 2013 when Robby was called to be the pastor of The United Presbyterian Church of Watsonville. In addition to his full-time work in church ministry, Robby is the Watsonville Police Chaplain, and JV boys basketball coach at Watsonville High School. Robby is actively involved in wide ranging elements in the city, seeking to help Watsonville be an equitable, thriving community for all who call it home.


Free Soccer Clinic Weekend

JUNE 29-30, 2019

In partnership with the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust, a group of lifelong  friends (and former soccer teammates) will be hosting the 2nd Annual Free Soccer Clinic on June 29-30, 2019.  Pajaro Valley youth are invited to attend this non-profit sports event at no cost to the participants or their families. Experience and/or youth soccer affiliation are NOT required.

Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with local players and coaching staff, run technical drills, learn proper techniques to promote on-field safety, and learn about the importance of character development and good sportsmanship from a diverse and accomplished group of players.

The clinic will be held at Ramsey Park. Equipment will be provided. Participants should wear cool, comfortable clothing with cleats. Snacks and water will also be provided for the participants after the clinic. We hope to see you there.

If you would like to contribute to this event, we invite you to make a donation by clicking the “DONATE” button on this page.

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Physician Friends of the Diabetes Health Center

As a Physician Friend of the Diabetes Health Center, please join us in connecting local residents with the resources they need to live a healthy life!


16th Annual Community Health Fair

On Friday, May 10, thirty-one community organizations gathered in the Watsonville City Plaza to share free health and wellness resources with locals attending the farmer’s market at PV Health Trust’s 16th Annual Community Health Fair.

Among the many health resources offered, residents who participated in the Health Fair had the opportunity to receive free blood pressure and glucose screenings from our Diabetes Health Center, receive bags of fresh produce from Second Harvest Food Bank, and participate in a raffle promoting healthy life-style habits. Against a backdrop of sunshine, the festive Mother’s Day atmosphere also featured a live Mariachi band, Folklorico dancers, and fun kids’ activities hosted by students from Watsonville High’s Health Academy.

The Health Trust would like to thank all those who helped make the Health Fair a great success, including each participating community organization and the generous event sponsors: Kaiser Permanente; Watsonville Community Hospital; Dignity Health Dominican; Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center; and Salud Para La Gente.

Special thanks to Second Harvest Food Bank for the generous donation of 300 produce bags, Watsonville High’s Health Academy, for outstanding volunteer participation, Cabrillo College’s Nursing Students, for assisting with health screenings, and Si Se Puede, for helping to set-up the event.


#LivePajaroValley Conference

Event Details

When: Friday, April 26, 2019 8:30 – 4:00
Where: Veterans Memorial Hal

Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

Harbourton Foundation

Reiter Affiliated Companies

LiUNA! Laborers’ Local 270

County of Santa Cruz Human Services

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Salud Para La Gente

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

City of Watsonville

Pajaro Valley Unified School District

United Presbyterian Church of Watsonville

Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance

Santa Cruz Community Credit Union

Community Foundation Santa Cruz County

FoodWhat?!

Digital Nest

Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County

Arts Council Santa Cruz County

Convened in 2018, the #LivePajaroValley initiative is a cross-sector response to the social inequities that prevent residents of the Pajaro valley, a place of relative abundance, from achieving fullness of health and quality of life.

Realizing a Community of Opportunity for All

In the first #LIVEPajaroValley conference, we will focus on pathways for sustainable and equitable prosperity, a critical lever for community health and well-being. We will engage people across sectors to explore what’s working and build on these strengths. We will also hear from regional experts about solutions that hold transferrable lessons as we strive to maximize health and economic well-being in the Pajaro Valley.

Event Materials


16th Annual Diabetes Forum: Plant-Based Eating Patterns for Diabetes

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the Pajaro Valley Community Health Trust hosted the 16th Annual Diabetes Forum, which explored the theme: Plant-Based Eating Patterns for Diabetes and featured a community panel discussion on efforts to increase healthy eating behaviors in the Pajaro Valley

Attended by local healthcare providers, non-profit organizations, and members of the community, the event was generously sponsored by Kaiser Permanente, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center Santa Cruz, Watsonville Community Hospital, Salud Para La Gente and Dignity Health/Dominican Hospital and moderated by Cesario Ruiz of My Mom’s Mole, a business focused on sustaining traditional Mexican cuisine using responsibly sourced ingredients.

The panel of speakers from local nonprofits talked about the process of empowering individuals to make healthier nutrition choices, cultivating participants’ appreciation and openness to fresh fruits and vegetables, and the ways in which their programming works to create a sense of belonging in the community.

The keynote speaker, Meghan Jardine, discussed the benefits of plant-based nutrition for diabetes and offered guidance on how healthcare providers in the Pajaro Valley can implement plant-based eating in their clinical practice. Ms. Jardine ended her presentation with a plant-based cooking demonstration and distributed samples of her delicious chili and coleslaw.


Cooking Demos at the Diabetes Health Center

Join one of our Registered Dietitian/Diabetes Educators for classes on healthy meal prep!

Classes include demos and recipes with an emphasis on incorporating fresh produce into everyday cooking.

Available in English and Spanish, click HERE for full schedule of classes. Fist 10 participants receive the ingredients to make one of the Demo’s recipes!

All classes held in our King Community Room. For questions or to register, phone 831.763.6445.


Presentation: Health in All Policies & Advocacy 101

Presented by the Pajaro Valley Food, Farming and Health Policy Council , a Presentation on HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES (HiAP) with Mimi Hall, Santa Cruz Health Services Agency and ADVOCACY 101 with Tracey Patterson, California Food Policy Advocates

Power Point: Health In All Policies  

 

On February 12th, 20 community interested community members gathered to learn about an approach to planning called “Health in All Policies” (HiAP) being championed by the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (HSA). HSA Director and Health Trust Board member Mimi Hall, MPH, described HiAP as an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decision, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts in order to improve population health and health equity. Ms. Hall shared several case studies of how HiAP led to expanded access to healthcare – such as MediCal express enrollment via school nutrition program eligibility – or improvements in public health programming, such as youth violence prevention and restorative justice approaches adopted in Santa Cruz County and elsewhere in the state.

Tracey Patterson, Director of Community Engagement at California Food Policy Advocates, stepped participants through a brief overview of Policy Advocacy 101. She observed that, “Policy provides the sustainability for the things we want to do,” and described how local policymaking and advocacy efforts can be responsive and creative, removing longstanding inequities, allowing new things to happen, or opening up funding for new initiatives. Ms. Patterson invited participants to discuss in small groups what they’d like to see changed. Responses included: refinement and expansion of a Healthy Food Ordinance for the City of Watsonville to include prioritizing local, healthy food and minimizing drive-through establishments; raising awareness of the significance of school meals provided through PVUSD and taking steps to ensure they are filled with locally sourced produced and available to all children & youth who need them; and identifying and incorporating high quality protein sources in food distribution through Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Food Farming & Health Policy Council’s next meeting is Tuesday, March 12th from 1:30-3:00pm in the King Community Room at 85 Nielson Street.


Gustavo Indarose

Gustavo Indarose was raised in Watsonville, California. After graduating high school, he continued his education at Cabrillo College, earning his associates degree while also competing on the Men’s Basketball team. He continued his education at the University of California, Los Angeles where he completed his bachelor’s degree, simultaneously interning with UCLA Men’s Basketball.

Gustavo is proud to work in the programs department at the Health Trust and aspires to make a positive impact in both his workplace and community. He hopes to help further develop the already strong net of programs available for Pájaro Valley inhabitants while also cultivating strong relationships with the staff members of the organizations providing these efforts. His vision includes one where community members feel safe and can access the care they need for them and their families.