For a list of Health Benefit Programs compiled by the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency, click HERE.
Access for Infants and Mothers
The State of California’s Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM) Program offers affordable maternity insurance for middle-income pregnant women and their babies. The families who benefit from AIM are those who have no maternity insurance, those who have health insurance with high maternity-only deductible, and those who have incomes that are too high to qualify them for other forms of state assistance, such as Medi-Cal. Click on the link above or call for more information.
California Children’s Services (CCS) is a state program for children with certain diseases or health problems. Through this program, children up to 21 years old can get the health care and services they need. CCS will connect you with doctors and trained health care people who know how to care for your child with special health care needs. For more information, visit their website.
Central California Alliance for Health
375 Encinal Street Suite A Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 457-3850 Ext 4396
119 West Beach Street Watonsonville, CA 95076 1-(800) 700-3874 Ext. 4484
The Central California Alliance for Health is a local, non-profit, managed care health plan. If you receive Medi-Cal in Santa Cruz or Monterey Counties, you are automatically a member. Some services covered by the Alliance include, eye care, hospitcal care, emergency care, family planning, prescriptions, doctor visits, and more. Visit the website or call for more information.
Dientes Community Dental Care
1830 Commercial Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Dientes schedules more than 15,000 appointments annually and serves those patients who can’t afford the cost of private care, including:
They accept Medi-Cal, Healthy Kids, and Healthy Families insurance without restriction and work to keep our fees low (about half the cost of private dental fees) for those patients who lack insurance. They also subsidize care for some of the most impoverished patients.
1555 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
Dominican Hospital offers a wide range of services to residents of California’s Central Coast. With 24/7 emergency care and some of the most technologically advanced diagnostic equipment on the Central Coast, they continue to lead the region in medical innovation and excellence in healthcare.
Drop In Center (831) 457-1163
Hepatitus C Task Force (831) 454-2437
HCV (also known as Hepatitis C) is a virus that causes inflammation of the liver. Although not spread by casual contact such as hugging, sharing food or drink, or kisses, it CAN be spread by sharing needles, non-professional tattooing or piercing, shared razors or toothbrushes, etc. Tests are available at many county healthcare providers including planned parenthood, Santa Cruz Women’s Health Services, Health Services Agency, Salud Para La Gente, and more. To schedule a test or get more information, call the numbers above.
Healthy Families Sponsorship Program
For Application Assistance, or Information, Call:
Community Action Board (831) 457-1741
Community Bridges (831) 688-8840
Familia Center (831) 423-5747
In Watsonville, Call:
Adelante (831) 722-8263
Health Care Outreach Line (831) 765-8568
As a first time applicant for Healthy Families, you may qualify for FREE premium payments for your first year of coverage. For application assistance, call one of the listed numbers.
Homeless Persons Health Project
739 River Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060 (831) 454-2080
With the Homeless Persons Health Project, nurses provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, combs, and other over the counter needs. Nurses can also evaluate and treat coughs/colds, flu, cuts and bruises, skin problems, etc. Clinic services are even more extensive and include HIV and STD treatment. Counselors are available to talk about alcohol and drug use. All services are free and confidential.
Health Care Hotline Santa Cruz (831) 454-2515
Health Care Hotline Watsonville (831) 763-8568
Eligibility Offices Located at:
Human Resources Agency 1020 Emeline St Building B, Santa Cruz, CA 95061 (831) 454-4134 and
Human Recourses Agency 119 West Beach St. Watsonville, CA 95076 (831) 763-8583
Medi-Cal is offered to a variety of people, included low income, people on TANF or AFDC, those who receive Social Security, and Families where a parent is absent, unemployed, or disabled. You can apply by visiting one of the two offices. Services include dental, prescriptions, doctors’ visits, X-Rays, chiropractic care, and much more. Call for details or visit the website for more information about California’s Medi-Cal program.
Medi-Cruz / County Public Health Clinic
Santa Cruz Health Center: 1080 Emeline Ave. Room 101, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 / (831) 454-4070
Watsonville Health Center: 9 Crestview Dr., Watsonville, CA 95076 / (831) 763-8033
Medi-Cruz is a County of Santa Cruz managed health care program of last resort for the uninsured residents of Santa Cruz County. If you have private health insurance or are eligible for any other public health benefit program such as Medi-Cal (including PRUCOL) or Medicare you will be required to apply for them instead of Medi-Cruz. Medi-Cruz provides financial assistance for medical care for qualifying medical conditions, with limited pharmacy services based on the Medi-Cruz formulary (no generic drugs available), laboratory services, and x-ray services. Click here for services that are not covered by Medi-Cruz. Services are covered for a limited period specific to the treatment of the qualifying condition. Clients are expected to renew their application every two to three months depending on condition. Call or visit the website for more information.
The Health Centers in Santa Cruz and Watsonville offer a variety of medical care for infants, children, and adults. For information on their services, click here.
1119 Pacific Avenue #200 Santa Cruz (831) 426-5550
40 Penny Lane Watsonville, CA (831) 724-7525
Services for Men and Women
Planned Parenthood offers reproductive health and family care services at over six locations in the county. Services include, but are not limited to, birth control, STD testing and treatment, breast cancer, cervical cancer, and testicular cancer screening, pregnancy testing and counseling, HIV testing, and more.
Salud Para La Gente
Beach Flats Health Clinic: 302 Riverside Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 / (831) 423-0222
Salud Para La Gente, a non-profit organization comprised of dedicated individuals, is committed to providing a coordinated network of high quality, comprehensive, and cost effective health care services that are responsive to the evolving needs of the Monterey Bay low-income communities. Services are open to the public; assistance is available for families and individuals who are low-income and uninsured. For locations and hours, click here.
Santa Cruz Host Lions Club Eye Fund
PO Box 477 , Santa Cruz, CA 95061
The Lion’s Club is proud to offer three kinds of vision care assistance to qualifying members of the Santa Cruz community: (1) exams and glasses; (2) minor surgeries; and (3) major surgeries. Check your eligibility here. For more information, call or visit their website.
Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center
250 Locust St Santa Cruz, CA 95060
The Santa Cruz women’s health clinic is a health center run by and for women. It encourages patient involvement especially regarding decisions about treatment. At the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center, women are people, not just symptons. All women of all ages, cultures, sexual orienations, and abilities are welcome. Services include gynocological services, family planning, prenatal care, general medical services, Sexually Transmitted Disease testing and treatment, and more. Fees are offered on a sliding scale according to income. Medi-Cal and Medicare are also accepted. Call or visit the website for more details.
Dominican Hospital offers tattoo removal at a low price of $10. While individual treatment sessions are relatively brief, the number of sessions required depends on the intensity of the tattoo and the area covered. Call for more details.
Veteran’s Health Care
1350 N. 41st St., Suite 102, Capitola, CA 95010-3906
Open Mon-Thurs, 9:00am to 4:00pm, excluding holidays.
Vision Statement: To be a patient-centered integrated health care organization for veterans providing excellent health care, research, and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner; and a back-up for National emergencies. Services include:
Veterans’ Affairs also runs a veteran’s hospital in Palo Alto. For more information about services in Palo Alto, click here or call (650) 493-5000 or 1-800-455-0057
Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired
413 Laurel Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Vista Center offers a full range of services to those who are blind and visually impaired including an intake evaluation with information and referral to other useful services, a Low Vision Clinic evaluation, training in daily living skills, training in orientation and mobility, in-home volunteer support and social activities. Vista Center also offers training and support groups for families and caregivers of its blind and visually impaired clients. Call or visit their website for more information.
Watsonville Community Hospital
75 Nielson Street, Watsonville, CA 95076
Provides general healthcare services, including emergency, laboratory, pharmacy, surgical services and more.
**Some information including mission statements and program details taken from providers’ websites**