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Sierra Health Foundation Partnerships

The Center to administer California Youth Substance Use Disorder Prevention Program


The Center at Sierra Health Foundation this month was awarded the California Department of Health Care Services Proposition 64 Youth Substance Use Disorder Prevention Program contract. This statewide program will provide $20 million in funding and technical assistance for organizations that are developing or increasing community substance use disorder prevention, outreach and education focused on youth. The program will support prevention, education and early intervention start-up activities and/or enhancement efforts in urban and rural areas throughout the state aimed at educating and preventing harm from substance use disorders.

We will share funding announcements and updates through our networks and in future issues of Partnerships.

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Countdown to Census 2020


As The Center continues its work with partners in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley to ensure a fair and accurate Census 2020 count of all residents, we will provide updates and resources each month in Partnerships.

Earlier this year, we announced our role as a partner in California Census 2020 Regions 1, 4 and 6. The Center serves as the California Complete Count Administrative Community Based Organization (ACBO) for Region 6 (Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings and Tulare counties), building on our significant census work in the San Joaquin Valley, including the San Joaquin Valley Census Research Project. The Center also is a partner in Region 4 (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties) to ensure a coordinated effort for a complete count in the San Joaquin Valley.

In addition, The Center is an outreach partner of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, which serves as the ACBO for the 17 counties in Region 1. The Center will award grants to support outreach activities that increase census participation among hard-to-count populations in eight of the region’s counties: Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Nevada, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter and Yuba.

We will post updates on our Region 1 and Region 6 web pages, and will continue to update our Census 2020 News and Resources web page.

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Funding partners join San Joaquin Valley Health Fund’s growing network


We’re pleased to welcome new funding partners to the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund. The Libra Foundation and Ceres Trust have joined this growing network of state and national funders, which now is 22 strong. These funders and 98 funded community partner organizations in nine San Joaquin Valley counties are committed to improving health and well-being by advancing programs and policy changes that promote health and racial equity for all residents.

See the list of funding partners and learn more about this work on the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund web page.

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Grantee Partner Spotlight: Save California Salmon co-hosts Salmon Protectors Youth Camp


Tribal families, elders and youth joined other salmon-dependent people from Northern California earlier this month to discuss how to protect and honor salmon in the Klamath and Trinity rivers. Responsive Grants Program partner Save California Salmon co-hosted the event in collaboration with the Yurok and Karuk Tribes at Bluff Creek Resort in Weitchpec, Calif.

The Salmon Protectors Youth Camp is part of a statewide effort to engage Tribal youth and others who depend on healthy fishery populations and clean water in policy decisions that impact California rivers. The event included trainings and discussions focused on ways to advocate for clean water and Tribal rights, community organizing, and media skills. Families also learned traditional skills such as processing salmon and stick carving.

“It is time for California to change course and really respect the basic human right to clean water and a livable planet, along with California Tribes’ rights to healthy abundant fisheries,” said Morning Star Gali, Tribal Water Organizer for Save California Salmon. “It is time to think about future generations.”

Save California Salmon received a 2019 Responsive Grants Program $15,000 award to advocate for and support salmon-dependent Tribal communities in California water policy decisions.

Photo: Yurok and Karuk Tribal members prepare salmon to be cooked as part of a traditional salmon bake. Courtesy of Save California Salmon.

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Healthy Sacramento Coalition focuses on community learning, networking


The Healthy Sacramento Coalition began in 2011 when Sierra Health Foundation was awarded a Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop and implement a chronic disease prevention plan for Sacramento County. The coalition quickly grew to include more than 60 members from community-based organizations and public agencies focused on health and healthy communities.

In 2013 and 2016, the coalition produced community health needs assessments that identified 15 zip codes in the county that had consistently high rates of poor health outcomes. See the Sacramento County Community Health Needs Assessment 2016 Update.

The coalition has evolved over time, and Sierra Health Foundation has continued to support its efforts. In 2016, coalition members broadened their focus to include the social determinants of health and refined their vision: to eliminate health inequities in Sacramento. In recent months, the coalition has been transitioning to the roles of convening and educating to facilitate community learning and networking.

The coalition meets four times a year at Sierra Health Foundation. Upcoming meetings will provide an opportunity for members and guests to present information and facilitate discussions on current and emerging community issues, while providing a space for sharing and community collaboration.

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