Physicians for a Healthy Central Coast

To help people and our community be
healthier, safe, and resilient

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CruzMed Foundation

 

 


Physicians for a Healthy Central Coast is a collaborative community and physician-led subsidiary 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation of the Santa Cruz County Medical Society.  Project funding is derived from the medical community, private donors, businesses and foundations.

If you would like to be involved, volunteer, or donate, please call (831) 479-7226.

Mission

To help people and our community be healthier, safe, and resilient, and serve as a leader in fostering and supporting careers in medicine.

To fulfill it's mission, PHCC acts as a bridge linking physicians and other medical and public health professionals to the community through the works of the foundation. We work in collaboration with our partners to support the improvement of health for all who live, work and play in our county.

Goals

Workforce - Supporting current and next generation physicians.  Driving the discovery for developing and deploying actions to address the physician shortage in our county and region, supporting youth interest and engagement in health sciences, and fostering careers in medicine. 

Wellness - With a public health focus, leading and engaging in community collaborations/partnerships that promote well-being, healthy eating, active living, and safety and resliliency throughout Santa Cruz County.

Projects

Workforce - Pipeline

  • Future Docs! - Pipeline & Physician Workforce Commission
  • Family Residency Program
  • Bridge to Medicine! - Shadowing for pre-med students
  • Decision Medicine! - Youth Mentorships through programs such as UCSC MESA Schools Program (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement)

Wellness - Public Health

 

Board of Directors (BOD)

President
Christopher O'Grady MD
Pajaro Valley Medical Clinic

Secretary/Treasurer
Jack Watson, MD
Kaiser Watsonville

Past President
Jeannine Rodems, MD
Santa Cruz Direct Primary Care

Vice President
To be appointed

Grant Hartzog
Professor, MCD Biology, UCSC

Donna J. Odryna
CEO SCCMS/PHCC

BOD Meets Bi-Monthly beginning January.

Founders

Joydip Bhattacharya, DO
Founding President

David McNutt, MD
Founding Secretary

David South, MD
Founding Treasurer

Willie Elliott-McCrae
Founding Director

Donna Odryna
Founding Director