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Responsive Grants Program applications due June 12

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Grants up to $15,000 are available to support projects that improve health and well-being throughout our 26-county funding region. There will be one Responsive Grants Program funding round this year with a total of $300,000 to be awarded. At least 30 percent will support projects serving rural areas of the region.

Online applications are due by June 12 at 1 p.m.

Download application materials and view a webinar on the Responsive Grants Program web page.

Please e-mail us any questions.

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Congratulations to Health Leadership Program Class XIII graduates


Health Leadership Program Class XIII celebrated their graduation on May 11 at Sierra Health Foundation. Family, friends and colleagues gathered to recognize the 25 leaders for successfully completing six months of transformative leadership training.

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg provided commencement remarks, including praise and encouragement for the leaders, who represent community-based organizations and public agencies working to reduce health disparities and promote health equity.

Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt and lead program faculty Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis and Dr. Richard F. Callahan of TAP International recognized the graduating leaders and presented them with certificates. Alumni members Keith Herron, Executive Director of Target Excellence (Class XII), and Mary Nakamura, Human Services Program Planner at the Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services (Class VI), welcomed the graduates to the Health Leadership Program Alumni Network.

Learn more about the program on the Health Leadership Program web page.

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Nonprofits receive Leadership Development for Racial Equity grants


The Leadership Development for Racial Equity Program supports advocacy-related capacity building and leadership development activities for youth-focused nonprofit organizations led by people of color serving in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley.

With funding from Sierra Health Foundation and The California Endowment, 11 nonprofits this month were awarded $10,000 each to strengthen capacity of their organizations to address racial equity through policy and system change.

As one of the most diverse states in the nation, California depends significantly on the success of the communities of color that together comprise a majority of its population. Yet many African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Native Americans and other Californians face systemic barriers to leading healthy lives. These barriers include access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, clean environments and other resources.

Learn more and see the grant list on the Leadership Development for Racial Equity web page.

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Chet P. Hewitt addresses African American scholars

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Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt provided inspirational keynote remarks at Sacramento State’s 31st African American Graduation Celebration of the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program Scholars on May 15.

The program was founded by Dr. Otis Scott, Chris Glen and Dr. David Covin, who created the framework based on the principles of Leadership, Scholarship and Service.

Learn more about the program on the Sacramento State web site.

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Sacramento Juneteenth Celebration will include Youth Safety and Opportunity Festival

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Sacramento’s 15th Annual Juneteenth Celebration will offer free community events June 15-17. The Black Child Legacy Campaign and The Center will present the Youth Safety and Opportunity Festival with a spoken word competition and scholarship awards on June 15 at Cesar Chavez Park from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The celebration also will include the Gospel Under the Stars Concert on June 16 at the William Land Park Amphitheater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Festival in the Park in William Land Park on June 17 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. organizes the annual celebration to commemorate the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Learn more on the Sacramento Juneteenth, Inc. web site.

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Save a life! Join our blood drive on June 29

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We invite our partners and community members in the Sacramento Region to visit our campus on June 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a BloodSource mobile blood drive.

BloodSource is a community-based, not-for-profit blood center that provides blood and services throughout Northern and Central California and beyond. Learn more on the BloodSource web site.

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We Also Served exhibit honors African Americans in the military

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Listening to Lisa Daniels discuss the individual subjects of her Unsung Heroes Living History Project is like listening to someone talk about beloved family members. Lisa (pictured with a photo of her father) has spent countless hours researching, interviewing and learning about African American troops, gathering hundreds of photos and stories from veterans and their families.

Inspired by her father’s service and her grandmother who was a riveter on the USS Franklin Roosevelt, Lisa captures the extraordinary stories of those troops of color who served in a military that was sometimes unwelcoming. Unsung Heroes pays tribute to the accomplishments of these men and women.

The project brings together youth, mentors and veterans throughout California to gather first-hand information on the veteran’s experience to produce documentaries and photo exhibits. The exhibits are displayed like photos in a family home to create a legacy wall.

Visit the We Also Served exhibit at our Conference and Education Center through August.

Learn more on the Unsung Heroes web site.

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Employment positions available


California Funders for Boys and Men of Color (CFBMoC) is a collaboration of CEOs from 19 California foundations dedicated to aligning their efforts, resources and influence to improve the lives of boys and men of color in California. The foundations are building momentum, investment and public awareness to address the systemic barriers that have limited access to opportunity for a population critical to California’s future. We are accepting applications for a Program Manager to facilitate, implement and manage the CFBMoC work, based out of The Center’s office in Sacramento. Read the job description and application instructions.

The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund strengthens the capacity of communities and organizations in the San Joaquin Valley to improve health and well-being by advancing programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all. We are accepting applications for a Program Officer to manage and implement the program, based out of The Center’s office in Merced. Read the job description and application instructions.

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Throughout 2017, we are highlighting the work of our partners through a campaign called #PeoplePursuing. We invite you to visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for new inspiring posts!

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