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Responsive Grants Program funding available


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We’re pleased to announce the 2017 Responsive Grants Program funding opportunity with grants up to $15,000 to support projects that improve health and well-being for people throughout our 26-county funding region. There will be one funding round this year, with a total of $300,000 available. We will award at least 30 percent for projects serving rural areas of the region.

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

We will hold a proposers’ webinar on May 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participation is recommended, but not required. Register for the proposers’ webinar and download application materials on the Responsive Grants Program web page.

Please e-mail us any questions.

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San Joaquin Valley nonprofits receive $3 million to improve health outcomes


The Center earlier this month awarded $3 million to 69 organizations working on policy and systems change to improve health outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley. The grants will support work that addresses health disparities and factors that impact health, such as food security, air quality, clean drinking water, housing, health care, education, employment, immigrant rights, domestic violence, open space, neighborhood safety and other drivers of health outcomes.

Among the awards are cluster grants that will connect groups of nonprofit partners committed to accelerating policy and systems changes to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and advance racial and health equity through collective impact.

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Partners from all funded organizations convened for a celebration launch in Stockton on April 13. Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt and Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs offered inspiring words to kick off the celebration.

“We choose to fight, we choose to organize, we choose to make sure the Valley is just as golden as the rest of the state,” said Mayor Tubbs. “California cannot be great until the Valley is as fertile as the land that produces the fruits and vegetables the state enjoys.”

“The unfolding story is more about the promise of a California dream fulfilled than about the challenges the region has to overcome,” said Mr. Hewitt. “The region’s leaders understand that a healthy and prosperous California requires a healthier and more prosperous Valley, and are committed to doing all that it will take to ensure the dream of an inclusive and equitable California is realized.”

Learn more and see the list of funded organizations on the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund web page.

Photo: Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs


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Black Child Legacy Campaign holds Gathering for GLORY


More than 400 community members participated in the Gathering for GLORY: Giving Love to Our Rising Youth Conference on April 20 at the South Sacramento Christian Center. Hosted by the Black Child Legacy Campaign, the conference provided an opportunity to bridge the wisdom, perspectives and experiences from the faith-based community to those of Sacramento County communities working to reduce African American child deaths.

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Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack from the University of Louisville gave a powerful keynote address on Unbinding the Deathbound Subject, and Dr. Flojaune G. Cofer shared an insightful presentation titled Forever Young – What’s Causing Black Child Deaths? The day also included workshops, panel talks, a vendor fair and a call to action for the community to get involved in efforts to reduce African American child deaths.

The Black Child Legacy Campaign is the community-driven movement established by the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths, which is working to reduce deaths of African American children by 10% to 20% by 2020 in Sacramento County. Learn more on Black Child Legacy Campaign web site.

Photo left to right: Dr. Natalie Woods Andrews, Dr. Flojaune G. Cofer, Dr. Michael Brandon McCormack, Kindra Montgomery-Block and Pastor Alice Baber-Banks.

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Black Child Legacy Campaign and Steering Committee receive recognition

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Congratulations to the Black Child Legacy Campaign for receiving the Community Impact Award from the Greater Sacramento Urban League at the Unity Ball on April 20.

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The Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths also was honored on April 14 at the 35th Annual Greater Sacramento NAACP Prayer Breakfast, where Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt provided the keynote address.

Top photo: Dr. Natalie Woods Andrews (center) accepts the Greater Sacramento Urban League award on behalf of the Black Child Legacy Campaign. Bottom photo: Chet P. Hewitt accepts the NAACP award on behalf of the Steering Committee.

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Community partners in 11 counties receive $1.3 million to transform juvenile justice systems across California


Partners from community-based organizations in 11 counties met in Los Angeles this month to begin their work together at the first Organizing for a Healthy Justice System convening. These organizations and their community partners play critical roles in advancing a healthy justice system agenda, and represent communities of color that are overly represented in and inequitably treated by the juvenile justice system.

As we complete our implementation phase of the initiative with public agency partners, we now are deepening our investments in communities, grassroots organizations, youth and family members most impacted by the juvenile justice system, who will use their expertise and passion to bring about change.

Learn more on the Positive Youth Justice Initiative web page.

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Participatory evaluation technical assistance provider needed for the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund


The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund is accepting applications for a community-based participatory evaluation technical assistance provider. The selected provider will support cluster grant awardees and their nonprofit partners who are accelerating policy and systems changes to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and advance racial and health equity through collective impact.

Learn more in the request for proposals.

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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. A Program Manager is needed to facilitate, implement and manage the CFBMoC work, and will be 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. A Program Officer is needed to implement and manage the program, and will be based out of The Center’s office in Merced. Read the job description and application instructions.

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Nonprofit Innovation Center update


The opening of the Nonprofit Innovation Center on the Sierra Health Foundation campus in 2009 has allowed forward-thinking organizations to establish a new standard for nonprofit work space. Currently, 17 organizations share the sustainable office and conference space.

Sierra Health Foundation Facilities Manager Colleen Cascio was instrumental in creating and managing this space, whether giving tours of the center to prospective tenants or coordinating leases and space allocations. After 13 years of service, Colleen has retired from the foundation. We are both sad to lose her and happy for her as she moves into a new phase of her life. She has passed on her duties at the Nonprofit Innovation Center to Shelby Bradbury, who has worked as the Nonprofit Innovation Center Coordinator since 2009. Shelby will manage all inquiries for tours and space availability. She can be reached by e-mail or at 916.922.4755 x3600.

Learn more on the Nonprofit Innovation Center web page.

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Sierra Health Foundation honored as one of Sacramento’s Healthiest Employers


We’re pleased to announce that the Sacramento Business Journal has selected Sierra Health Foundation as one of Sacramento’s Healthiest Employers 2017. The publication honors organizations that demonstrate innovation and leadership in their wellness programs in this annual competition. Finalists in companies of different sizes are highlighted in a special Healthiest Employers section.

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Photo: Wellness Committee members left to right: Tina Jerue, Katy Pasini, Samantha Garcia, Kari Ida, Nora Dunlap, Alejandra Gutierrez, Shelby Bradbury and Colleen Cascio.

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

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