Community Programs

Serving our vibrant community is at the heart of our mission. We're proud to go beyond hospital walls to help improve the health of our community by offering programs to care for the mind, body, and spirit.

Community Health Department

St. Joseph's is working to build healthier communities through education, outreach services and support. We also welcome those who want to join our mission by applying for grant, spreading the word about our community classes and events, and volunteering to serve their community.

Health Education & Support

Check out our Classes & Events to view a listing of all of the various programs we offer to our community. If you are seeking a service or program that is not listed, please feel free to contact us at 209-467-6399 as we are happy to help connect you to resources.

Community Grants Program

Through our Community Grants Program we partner with other nonprofit organizations whose programs respond to priority health needs identified through the San Joaquin County Community Health Needs Assessment. Grant funds are used to provide services to underserved populations, specifically in priority neighborhoods as identified in the tri-annual assessment. Organizations that receive grant funding are working collaboratively to address identified needs and to identify sustainable ways to continue to deliver impactful community services for the most vulnerable San Joaquin County residents. 

Since the program began in 1990, St. Joseph's has contributed nearly $4 million in grant funding to deserving organizations.To learn more about Dignity Health's Community Grants Program and apply for a grant, visit Community Grants and download the Hospital Grant Fact Sheet for St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Homeless Health Initiative (HHI)

Launched in 2020, the purpose of the HHI is to transform health and improve the community by strengthening the continuum of care for those experiencing housing insecurities through innovative partnerships, and for lasting impact. 

There are two primary focus areas for the HHI.  First is to address housing insecurities through homeless prevention efforts. This includes the implementation of partnerships to expand housing options such as shared scattered site permanent housing projects and street level outreach to offer comprehensive case management and social service navigation.  The second focus area is to develop and strengthen collaborative efforts with community partners to improve coordination of care and access to resources for populations experiencing homelessness being discharged from our acute facilities. As a result, St. Joseph’s Medical Center has expanded the Care Coordination team by embedding three social workers in the emergency department who are dedicated to supporting patients experiencing homelessness providing short term case management.

The HHI is just one of the many community health strategies to help drive change and better health for those most vulnerable in our community.  Through this project and all other Community Health initiatives, our team is committed to driving humankindness to all.  

For More Information

To learn more about our Community Health Department, please call (209) 467-6399.