CCHP is part of an integrated delivery system with its roots in going back to 1899 when the first Chinese residents in San Francisco were forced to settle in Chinatown. During the 1980’s when managed care became a driving force on how health care was funded, the Chinese community continued to grow and many people held low-income jobs working in small businesses - businesses that insurance companies did not find profitable to insure. The community physicians and Chinese Hospital were often not included. In 1982, the medical staff at Chinese Hospital established a non-profit independent physicians association, Chinese Community Health Care Association.
With the help of Blue Shield of California, Chinese Community Health Plan formed in 1982 as an alternative HMO for patients who wanted to continue receiving care within the Chinese health system. CCHP obtained a Knox-Keene license in 1987 so it could offer quality, affordable health plans directly to the community. Today, CCHP has grown to over 27,000 members and is involved in the administration of an additional 17,000 members in Medi-Cal, Medicare, and commercial programs. (Membership data as of March 2015.)
Chinese Hospital, a community-owned, not-for-profit organization, exists primarily to deliver quality health care in a cost-effective way, responsive to the community's ethnic and cultural uniqueness, providing access to health care and acceptability to all socioeconomic levels. Chinese Hospital is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees, broadly representative of the community, and strives to assume a leadership role in all health matters.
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco is a unique and breathtaking metropolis. From the famous icon of the Golden Gate Bridge to the exquisite art galleries at SFMOMA, the City takes pride in its unrivaled attractions, renowned museums, and its unique neighborhoods which are treasures of its own. Discover the variety of sites, shops, and restaurants that reflect the City's great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Today, San Francisco is ranked 44th of the top tourist destinations in the world, and was the sixth most visited one in the United States in 2011. The city is renowned for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former prison on Alcatraz Island, and its Chinatown district.
Several of San Francisco's parks and nearly all of its beaches form part of the regional Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the most visited units of the National Park system in the United States with over 13 million visitors a year. Among the GGNRA's attractions within the city are Ocean Beach, which runs along the Pacific Ocean shoreline and is frequented by a vibrant surfing community, and Baker Beach, which is located in a cove west of the Golden Gate and part of the Presidio.
There are more than 220 parks maintained by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department. The largest and best-known city park is Golden Gate Park, which stretches from the center of the city west to the Pacific Ocean. The large park is rich with cultural and natural attractions such as the Conservatory of Flowers, Japanese Tea Garden, and San Francisco Botanical Garden. Lake Merced is a fresh-water lake surrounded by parkland and near the San Francisco Zoo, a city-owned park that houses more than 250 animal species, many of which are endangered.
Although the Financial District, Union Square, and Fisherman's Wharf are well-known around the world, San Francisco is also characterized by it's numerous culturally rich streetscapes featuring mixed-use neighborhoods anchored around central commercial corridors to which residents and visitors alike can walk. Because of these characteristics, San Francisco was rated "most walkable" city by the website Walkscore.com.