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San Joaquin Valley Impact Investment Fund launches to drive positive social change

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Sierra Health Foundation and Dignity Health this month launched the San Joaquin Valley Impact Investment Fund, a $25 million fund that will reinvest in high-performing mission-driven funds and innovative development partners to improve health and prosperity for all residents in the San Joaquin Valley. Both organizations are committed to forward-looking philanthropy that moves beyond traditional grant making to drive positive social change.

Community stakeholders and potential funders joined the Fund’s lead investors in Stockton on Oct. 3 for a convening titled Impact Investing in the San Joaquin Valley: Targeting Capital to Regional Equity & Well-being.

See the launch announcement to learn more about the Fund and read an interview with Gil Alvarado, Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration and CFO at Sierra Health Foundation and The Center, and Pablo Bravo, Vice President for Community Health at Dignity Health.

If you would like more information about the San Joaquin Valley Impact Investment Fund, please contact Gil Alvarado or Lisa Richter at Avivar Capital.

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Funding opportunities available to advance health and racial equity in the San Joaquin Valley

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The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund strengthens the capacity of communities and organizations to improve health and well-being by advancing programs and policy changes that promote community health and health equity for all.

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation is accepting grant applications for the following San Joaquin Valley Health Fund Round 5 funding opportunities:

SJVHF Census Cluster Project (SCCP) Grants

IHEEL (Immigration, Health, Education, Environment, Land Use Planning) Advocacy and Learning Partner Grants

Proposals are due by Nov. 29 at 1 p.m. Learn more, get application materials and view the proposers’ webinar recording on the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund web page.

Heising-Simons Foundation joins San Joaquin Valley Health Fund

We’re pleased to welcome the Heising-Simons Foundation to this growing network of state and national funders, which now is 18 strong.

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Family of shooting victim Stephon Clark hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony to thank community

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The family of Stephon Clark today hosted a ceremony to thank community leaders and organizations who offered support following Clark’s death on March 19. With the Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center, the Clark-Thompson family performed a ribbon-cutting to celebrate their recent home beautification project where the shooting took place. The family recognized community leaders, the Sacramento Kings and others who have provided assistance in the past seven months.

The Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center, which is the Black Child Legacy Campaign’s Meadowview Community Incubator Lead, has been working with the office of Councilmember Larry Carr, Paul Blanco, Habitat for Humanity and other community-based organizations to renovate the Clark-Thompson home into a place for healing.

Read the news release.

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A Policy Conversation on Family Caregiving for Older Adults event video now online

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Thank you to everyone who attended our Speaker Series event on Oct. 10, when we welcomed Family Caregiver Alliance Executive Director Kathleen Kelly and The Youth Movement Against Alzheimer’s Co-founder and CEO Nihal Satyadev for an important discussion about policies supporting the well-being of caregivers, the future of aging and intergenerational solutions. Sandra Perez, former patient advocate for the State of California, moderated a panel with the guest speakers and participants.

See our Speaker Series web page for the event video, presentations and resources.

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Matt Cervantes receives Champion of Change award

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Congratulations to our colleague Matt Cervantes, who received the Improve Your Tomorrow 2018 Champion of Change Award. Matt, who serves as the Director of Health Programs for Sierra Health Foundation and The Center, was recognized for his deep commitment to, support for and leadership in efforts to improve outcomes for boys and men of color throughout the region.

Improve Your Tomorrow is devoted to breaking the school-to-prison pipeline by helping young men of color get to and through college. The organization currently serves more than 1,000 young men of color through three academic programs.

Matt’s selection speaks to the high regard in which his work is perceived by the community. Matt, we are all very proud of you!

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New Positive Youth Justice Initiative video highlights partners engaged in transformation

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Partners in the Positive Youth Justice Initiative gather from across the state twice a year for learning community events to connect, learn and be inspired. These gatherings provide an opportunity for partners, including the young people who are part of the organizing, to share experiences in their work within communities to transform juvenile justice practice and policy into a more just, effective system that is aligned with the developmental needs of young people.

This new video highlights the faces and voices of some of our partners who participated at a learning community event at Sierra Health Foundation. Check it out and be inspired!

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New Talk Boldly podcast looks at Immigration Policy in the U.S.

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Our Talk Boldly podcast series features conversations on the systemic, social and cultural issues impacting our communities, and offers insight from expert guests on how communities can make their own impact.

In our most recent episode, Immigration Policy in the U.S.: History, Truth and Advocacy, Jesus Martinez of Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC) and Katie Annand of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) discuss the historical context of current immigration policy and practice, including family separation. With ever-changing regulations, this timely discussion provides some background for recent news about immigration policy, such as the Department of Homeland Security’s proposal to alter the definition of public charge, a rule change that would further reduce migration flows and restrict access to critical health programs.

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The Development Minute: Association of Fundraising Professionals

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We’re pleased to share the most recent episode of The Development Minute, in collaboration with the Association of Fundraising Professionals California Capital Chapter. This video series shares insights to help nonprofits build organizational and personal capacity to raise funds, recruit board members and donors, and develop relationships with partners and community members.

Our new episode, Association of Fundraising Professionals, features Kelly Siefkin of Association of Fundraising Professionals California Capital Chapter, and Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services, who shares a resource for educational opportunities, including free information, best practices and research at AFPnet.org.

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#PeoplePursuing

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Throughout 2018, we’re continuing to highlight the work of our partners through the #PeoplePursuing campaign. We invite you to visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for new inspiring posts!

Learn about Katie Andrew, who serves as Senior Associate of Oral Health for Children Now, a whole-child research, policy and advocacy organization dedicated to improving children’s well-being in California.

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