In the mid-1600s, a small group of women went into their neighborhood to build relationships with the community, learn about the people’s needs, and, together with their neighbors, find solutions through direct community action. These pioneers were the Sisters of St. Joseph—founders and spiritual leaders who guide St. Joseph Health – Sonoma County. Nearly 400 years later, St. Joseph Health continues the legacy and tradition through its Community Benefit Department.
Each year, St. Joseph Health–Sonoma County invests millions of dollars into local communities to increase access to health care for vulnerable populations and to arm local residents with the resources they need to make their neighborhoods healthier and happier places. Below are the highlights of our efforts to make a difference in Sonoma County. The Community Benefit Department of SJHS-SC helps to breathe life into the Health System’s mission by integrating strategic actions that contribute to improving the health and quality of life of the people and communities we serve.
Through the development and implementation of the key strategic elements of Community Health, Healthy Communities and Advocacy, both out in the community and within the Health System itself, the Community Benefit Department helps to generate positive health outcomes, fosters relationship and cooperation, and empowers individuals to care for themselves and others.