In 1998 a broad coalition of BVHP institutions and residents sought to implement findings and recommendations of several official need assessment and planning studies.
The studies documented striking disparities between the BVHP communities and other San Francisco neighborhoods in terms of health status, health outcomes, and access to health services.
The studies also recommended creation of a community resource center offering expertise in environmental health science as a vehicle to address these long-standing disparities.
Because of the studies Bayview Hunters Point Health and Environmental Resource Center (HERC) came into being.
Since its inception, HERC has provided more than 57,000 face-to-face health service contacts
and over 26,000 hours of direct service. This represents more than 100% above service projection. Despite fluctuations in funding HERC has been able to surpass it’s projection by a little over 200