Sonoman Cynthia Solomon, revered for her legacy of helping hundreds of Valley residents receive health care, passed away in her home last Thursday, May 29, after losing her battle with cancer. She was 66.
Solomon was born July 12, 1947, in Los Angeles, but spent a majority of her life in Sonoma, where she moved with her former husband and continued to live after their divorce.
Solomon is celebrated as co-founder of the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, a nonprofit that helps fulfill unmet healthcare needs in the community. Much of her career was focused on helping people, particularly those in the underserved community. She worked as an office administrator for a Sonoma doctor’s office in the 1990s, helping dozens of low-income Hispanic mothers. When the office closed, she was determined to find another way to help these women, and even more at-risk patients.
She and consulting partner Heidi Stovall, a fellow visionary, set out to form the community clinic with a vision that everyone in the community should receive the health care they need, regardless of income.
In 1992, SVCHC opened as a freestanding primary care clinic in a grass roots effort to diminish the disparities in health care for the Valley’s uninsured and underserved. Since then, the health center has grown, closing escrow in late 2013 for a new, bigger site on Sonoma Highway.