UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 24 — The free Health Fair has been postponed due to extreme weather. A new date will be announced soon. Thanks for understanding.


Santa Cruz Community Health (SCCH), a leading nonprofit provider of high-quality, affordable, and comprehensive health services to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay, will be hosting a Health Fair at Highlands Park Senior & Community Center at 8500 Highway 9, Ben Lomond on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Health Fair will introduce the San Lorenzo Valley community to the wide variety of services that are available through SCCH, which opened a clinic in Ben Lomond in January 2022. The Santa Cruz Mountain Health Center serves patients who live in the SLV area and beyond.

“We are so grateful to be a part of the San Lorenzo Valley community and are dedicated to improving the health of our patients here,” said SCCH CEO Leslie Conner. “Establishing a neighborhood clinic in the Valley improves access to health care and enhances lives of community members.”

Throughout the Health Fair, SCCH will offer Medi Cal enrollment services, free COVID-19 test kits, as well as activities and programs on health and well-being that are open to everyone. Presentations and activities are designed to address both physical and emotional needs of our community.  Some of the presentations include:

  • The Power of A.W.E.: Overcome Burnout & Anxiety, Ease Chronic Pain, Find Clarity & Purpose—In Less Than 1 Minute Per Day, by local author and SCCH doctor Michael Amster, MD
  • Evidence-based lifestyle medicine with a practical approach to enhancing longevity with Dr. Steven Leib
  • Open question and answer session with Mila Shank, SCCH Chief of Behavioral Health: anxiety, depression, trauma
  • Open question and answer session with Casey KirkHart, MD, SCCH Chief Medical Officer: COVID, flu, wellness, prevention

Community partners will also participate in the Health Fair. COVID-19 and seasonal flu vaccinations will be available between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. without an appointment.

SCCH’s Santa Cruz Mountain Health Center is in the historic Wee Kirk Church at the corner of Central and Main just down the street from the Ben Lomond post office. Patients can call now to schedule appointments at 831-427-3500.


About Santa Cruz Community Health 

Through the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center, the Santa Cruz Mountain Health Center and the new Live Oak Health Center, Santa Cruz Community Health (a Federally Qualified Health Center) provides comprehensive primary care services in English and Spanish to all ages, genders, ethnicities, abilities and sexual orientations, regardless of their ability to pay. Seeded by the Santa Cruz Women’s Health Center in 1974, SCCH has maintained a 49-year commitment to its mission:  to improve the health of its patients and the community and advocate the feminist goals of social, political, and economic equality. SCCH’s clinics offer primary care, pediatrics, prenatal care and education, mental health and substance use treatment, chronic disease management, health insurance enrollment, food distribution, and more. SCCH’s health centers serve over 12,000 patients through a dedicated staff of medical providers, nurses, licensed clinical social workers, health educators, and administrative personnel. Learn more at schealthcenters.org, on Facebook or on Instagram.