About Foothill Community Health Center

Our History

In 1996, the San Jose Foothill Family Community Clinic was established by several private physicians and began providing comprehensive primary medical care to the underserved community in East San Jose.

In 2006, the clinic received recognition as a Federally Qualified Health Center, along with funding assistance from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to aid those patients who could not afford medical and dental care.

A new clinic building was established on Story Road in 2009, and a network of school-based health clinics was created, dental services were added, and behavioral health services were integrated into Foothill’s program.

Foothill Community Health Center (our new name) now provides comprehensive healthcare services through seven school-based health clinics and five neighborhood health centers, servicing East San Jose and Gilroy. And, we are continuing to grow. Please click here for the names and locations of our various clinics, the services they offer, and their hours of operation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide our community with high-quality comprehensive affordable medical, dental, and counseling services at our easily accessible health clinics. Seeing a need to balance the inequalities in healthcare, Foothill Community Health Center provides health services to everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, or ability to pay for services.

Our Partners

The East San Jose community receives services from Foothill’s well-experienced licensed and certified health care providers; each with a passion to serve those in need. The successful reputation of Foothill Community Health Center is reinforced by its many partners:

  • Valley Medical Center of Santa Clara County
  • Regional Medical Center
  • East Side Union High School District
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District
  • Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
  • Franklin-McKinley Elementary School District
  • Ace Charter Schools
  • Rocketship Education
  • Community Health Partnership
  • Mexican American Community Services Agency
  • Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force
  • Alum Rock Counseling Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Momentum for Mental Health
  • Elected officials, local churches, and neighborhood associations

Leadership Team

Salvador Chavarin, Chief Executive Officer

Salvador Chavarin, CEO, Foothill Community Health Center

Growing-up in a Village in Mexico, seeing a doctor was only for the rich. Home remedies were the common treatment for health problems. Watsonville, Salinas, and East San Jose became my hometowns. Very similar to my village experience, quality health care in America was only available to those who could afford to pay the high cost of care. I have eighteen years of experience in providing health care services to low-income families, new immigrants, and the medically uninsured. I am an Alumnus of California State University Monterey Bay and the Clinic Leadership Institute.

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhumane”
[Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. March 25, 1966, 2nd National Convention of the Medical Committee for Human Rights]

Michael Victor, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Victor, Foothill Community Health Center

Aloha! I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. Healthcare services on the Islands are similar to stateside. But if we needed healthcare services during off business hours, we had to go to the emergency room, which was a costly expense, especially for my parents who were struggling Middle Americans. I am pleased to know that Foothill Community Health Center provides extended hours (until 10 pm) and opens seven days a week to make healthcare services truly accessible for patients. I am also excited to know that Foothill provides behavioral health services to children starting at age six. I believe a child’s physical and mental wellness lays a foundation for a healthy and successful lifestyle. I have over fifteen years of finance and accounting experience in nonprofit organizations and the healthcare sector. I received my Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting & Information Systems from San Jose State University, and a MBA in Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. I am honored to be part of Foothill Community Health Center’s Mission to provide high-quality and affordable healthcare to everyone, regardless of their ability to pay.

Umme Hani Khuddus, Interim Medical Director

Umme Hani Khuddus, Foothill Community Health Center

Helping others is a deeply-rooted value in my professional and personal life. I selected the practice of medicine as my method of improving one’s quality of life. My medical education integrates mental health, obstetrics, gynecology, surgery, emergency medicine, senior care, medical research, healthcare financing, clinic operations, and comprehensive primary healthcare services. I am honored to have graduated at the top of my class from Bangalore University and completed my Medical Internship at St. John’s Medical College Hospital in India. St. John’s is well-known as one of the country’s premier medical educational institutions and admits students on the basis of their merit. The mission of St. John’s Medical College Hospital is to train healthcare professionals to serve in medically underserved areas and I am implementing that mission today. As Foothill Community Health Center’s Interim Medical Director, I will continue our organizational culture of compassion and help to our community.

Shilpa Mehta, Dental Director

Shilpa Mehta, Foothill Community Health Center

Growing-up in India exposed me to the challenges people have for good oral hygiene versus much higher everyday life priorities. I knew then that I had to do much more to ensure affordable, stress free and timely dental care to all, especially to those who cannot afford it – I became a working dentist in India. It is my singular passion to provide the very best dental care to every patient that walks through my door and my colleagues say that I have. Since earning a Doctor of Dental Sciences degree from the University of California, San Francisco in 2004, I have spent my career working for non-profit organizations that provide low-cost dental services to low-income, under-insured and uninsured members of my community.

Karie Marlin, LMFT, Behavioral Health Director

Karie Marlin, Foothill Community Health Center

Mental health disease is the unspoken-about elephant in the room. The stigma and denial of mental wellness are real. Youth today have questions about dating, sex, pregnancy, grades, being gay, domestic violence, family trauma, bullying, and about their lives. For many, these questions can be addressed without ill effects, but for too many, serious mental disorders can develop and lead to unfortunate results. In our workaday world, parents are often not available and they may not be equipped to provide proper child counseling. In East San Jose, the target area of Foothill Community Health Center, there are inequities in the behavioral health services available to low-income families. Every child and adult deserves respect through high-quality behavioral health services, not limiting service only to those who can afford to pay. Every child deserves to feel love and given takeaways that will put them on a positive path in life. I am honored to lead a team of clinicians who are on the campus of elementary, middle, and high schools every day; practicing their compassion and providing mental health wellness with at-risk youth. I am an Alumna of U.C. Santa Cruz (BA in Psychology; Minor in Sociology) and John F. Kennedy University (MA in Marriage & Family Therapy). The delight of my day is being with my one-year old daughter Hanna. She laughs, speaks, crawls, and makes me smile.

ShuChung Chang, Information Technology Director

ShuChung Chang, Foothill Community Health Center

Technology is a key factor in achieving success in this competitive age. As a city boy, I had the chance to witness the amazing transition of my hometown into a global city. This opened my eyes to the potential of technology and its crucial role in improving our quality of life. Over the years, however, I learned that this fast-paced revolution can create pressing social issues. Those marginalized fail to benefit from advances in technology, resulting in financial hardship for many. Therefore, I decided to use my engineering experience and knowledge to empower my community. I am very proud to be a part of Foothill Community Health Center and its mission to provide high-quality, affordable healthcare to our community. Creating a productive and reliable working environment in the most cost effective manner is a challenging task, especially in a fast growing organization such as ours. With a Master’s degree in computer engineering and more than 30-years of experience in industrial technology development, I truly believe that Foothill Community Health Center can improve quality of life for those in our community.

Johnny O'Brien, Chief Operating Officer

Johnny O'Brien, Community Health Services & Business Development Director

Growing up in South Central Los Angeles gave me life lessons and an endearing compassion for families without essential resources. As a team member of the Foothill Community Health Center, our work in East San Jose is making a difference in the lives of low-income families, our neighbors without health insurance, and children without positive mentors. Our Outreach team is embedded into the daily lives of our community through health education workshops, health screenings, public health insurance enrollment assistance, and collaborating with our community partners to enhance healthcare access for the underserved population. I am an Alumni of the University of California, Riverside (BA in Political Science). I enjoy spending quality time with my wife and five-year old daughter (Nemaia), family, and friends.

Neil Kozuma, Public Affairs & Agency Relations Director

Neil Kozuma, Funds and Program Development Director

My goals are to provide the same opportunities for everyone; to provide resources to those who need assistance; and to help others learn how to achieve their dreams. As a team member of Foothill Community Health Center, my goals are realized through our work to provide high-quality physical and mental wellness to everyone, regardless of one’s socio-economic position, ethnicity, gender, or immigration status. I am excited to share in the achievements of our school-based clinics; we are changing the behavioral paradigm of the next generation by teaching them to think beyond their neighborhoods and to break out of generational barriers. I am an Alumnus of the University of San Francisco (BS, MPA) and Lincoln Law School of Sacramento (JD). My experiences involve public policy, finance, social justice, civil liberties, education, and healthcare. I serve on the Boards of the San Jose JACL; APIJC; Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene; and the San Jose Parks Foundation.



Board of Directors

Katherine Dao

Board Chair




Sy-Dang Tran

Treasurer


Sabrina Wuu

Secretary




Robert Berry

Chair Emeritus


I have been a California resident for 60 years and was educated at Stanford and at UCSF Medical School. I practiced as a general practitioner and as an emergency department director in Marysville, CA. I have been in San Jose since 2000. I am married, and have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. I’ve been on the Foothill board for 4 years and enjoy the challenges. I have great hopes for our future and anticipate a rapid expansion of our care and services throughout our district.

Karen Deloumi

Member at Large


I have been an active Foothill Community Health Center Board member since early 2010 joining prior to our successful expansion of health services. I introduced and am actively involved with the Foothill IT Committee; advocating for the use of IT risk standards, leveraging next generation electronic tools, supporting business goals, quality standards, increasing clinic efficiencies, security and increased access to care. I have over 18 years of business leadership, process, project management, consulting and technical experience gained while working for large enterprise and small corporations. I have a B.S. degree in Business with a focus on management information systems. I also have diverse industry experience in healthcare and related processes including her current lead roll at a healthcare technology start-up. I have lived in Santa Clara County with my family since the early 1980's and enjoy the great outdoors, art, gardening, process improvement and problem solving. I understand the complexities of healthcare delivery and the personal, economic and financial importance provided by affordable, easy access to high quality healthcare at the time it is needed.

Estela Camacho

Member


I have lived in San Jose since my teen years. I attended Overfelt H.S. and Evergreen Valley College. In my career I have made use of my first language, Spanish, doing interpreting and translations for those who are learning English. In addition, I have taught Sign Language to students that are hard of hearing for the past 13 years. My Husband and I have two wonderful daughters. I enjoy hiking. I like to cook traditional Mexican food, and always willing to try food from different countries. I learn something new almost every day that makes me a better person in a diverse and changing world.


Chris Zimmer

Member


I am a resident of Santa Clara County for the last 45 years and a clinic user. I have enjoyed participating in the clinic growth from nearly closed to the tremendous growth that we are having. I am impressed with the amount of people that the clinic serves with quality health care.

Tony Hoang

Member


Benjamin Wang

Member


I have been a resident of San Jose for 25 years, and a member of the Board of Directors of FCHC for 2 years. I obtained my Bachelor's degree from UC Davis and my Medical Doctorate from the University of Miami. I am the founder of NeVap Inc, a medical device company developing infection control solutions. I am also a partner at Davis Innovators, a start-up accelerator and partner in a number of ventures. My current interests are in public health, volunteer work, and improving medical outcomes. Volunteering as a board member for our non-profit health center allows me the opportunity to contribute to our San Jose Community Family and link our organization to the various corporate resources in the Silicon Valley.


Juan Palacios

Member


Carlos Rosario

Member at Large