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Kaying Hang joins Sierra Health Foundation


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We’re pleased to welcome Kaying Hang as a senior program officer for the foundation’s Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership. Her understanding of philanthropy, public health and public policy, as well as her passion for health equity, position her well to support the region as it implements health care reform.

Before joining Sierra Health Foundation, Kaying served as associate director for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, where she worked with foundations, affinity groups, public policy groups and immigrant rights organizations. Previously, she served as senior program officer at the Otto Bremer Foundation in Minnesota, where she was responsible for a broad grantmaking portfolio and represented the foundation on the Upper Midwest Committee of the Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities and the Democracy! Fund.

Kaying also served as program officer and senior consultant with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, also known as the Blue Cross Foundation, where she co-led a $1.9 million initiative to increase access to preventative medical and dental services for children and adolescents. She also developed a community health worker program, which has been approved for reimbursement by the Minnesota legislature and is now a recognized health profession within the health care financing structure in Minnesota.

Before she began her career in philanthropy, Kaying worked in state government as the state coordinator of the Refugee Health Program for the Minnesota Department of Health, and as assistant regional coordinator for the Refugee and Immigrant Health Program for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. She also helped to develop the Parity Community Health Center, a multi-purpose, culturally sensitive federally qualified health center serving low-income Southeast Asian refugees in St. Paul, Minn.

A native Hmong speaker, Kaying earned her master’s of public health from the Boston University School of Public Health and her bachelor’s in Sociology with a minor in Medicine and Health Law Policy from Brandeis University.

Contact Kaying by e-mail or at 916.922.4755 x3319.

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Community Health Center Capacity Building Program gets under way


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The Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership began in 2011 to find ways to improve access, care coordination and quality of the region’s primary care system, with a specific focus on community health centers. The ultimate vision is to increase and improve primary care access and quality for low-income adults and children in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.

The Health Care Partnership continued its work with the launch of the Community Health Center Capacity Building Program in April. Congratulations to the seven community health centers that were selected to receive $5,000 grants to participate in a 90-day self-assessment process.

Through this process, grantees will identify the key issues facing their community health centers using assessments previously conducted and this self-assessment. This information will be used by the foundation and the community health centers to determine the highest priority areas for support.

The grantees are:

  • Center for AIDS, Research, Education and Services (CARES)
  • Center for Community Health and Well-Being, Inc.
  • Chapa-De Indian Health Program, Inc.
  • Health And Life Organization (HALO), Inc. (aka Sacramento Community Clinics)
  • Health for All, Inc.
  • Sacramento Native American Health Center
  • WellSpace Health (aka The Effort, Inc.)

Increasing access to care, increasing care coordination and building a robust safety net system in Sacramento is crucial to the health of many individuals and families. The goal of this endeavor is to support community health centers in the greater Sacramento Region to build capacity for transformation. We have committed $3 million over the next three years to support this vital work through community health center capacity building, policy and education.

Learn more on the Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership web page.

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Responsive Grants Program awards announced


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We’re pleased to announce 18 grant awards in this year’s first funding round of the Responsive Grants Program. The grants of up to $15,000 will support programs and projects in 15 of the 26 counties in our funding region.

The grants, which total $251,348, will provide support for a broad range of activities designed by nonprofits and public agencies to improve health and quality of life in their communities. We received 182 eligible applications from organizations throughout our funding region.

We will have a second funding round this year, which we will announce in June. A total of $500,000 is available in 2013.

See the grant list and project descriptions on the Responsive Grants Program web page.

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Respite Partnership Collaborative announces mental health respite funding


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The Respite Partnership Collaborative, in partnership with Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management and Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services, has released a request for proposals to fund the provision of mental health respite services within Sacramento County.

The amount of funding available to support mental health respite services for planned and crisis mental health projects ranges from $15,000 to $300,000. Total funding available is $1 million. Proposals for new mental health respite services, as well as proposals to expand mental health respite programs, will be considered. Proposals are due by June 24.

Materials are posted on the Respite Partnership Collaborative web page.

Please e-mail any questions to

The Respite Partnership Collaborative is funded through the Innovation component of Sacramento County's Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), previously referred to as Proposition 63.

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Supportive housing study shows positive foster care outcomes


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On May 14, we joined Cottage Housing Incorporated to release the Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices report at Sierra Health Foundation.

Stakeholders and policymakers from throughout the region learned about a successful approach to permanent housing social support and case management services that can break the cycle of abuse and neglect and significantly reduce re-entry into the foster care system at a lower cost to taxpayers.

We were pleased to welcome Dr. Sonja Lenz-Rashid from San Francisco State University, the researcher and author of the report, who shared outcomes of her powerful study of nearly 300 children and youth who had a history in the foster care and child protective services systems. Kimberly Niles, a graduate of Cottage Housing’s Serna Village program, presented a resident perspective.

A panel discussion followed, moderated by Arlene Cullum, Sutter Medical Center Director of Women’s and Children’s Ambulatory Services and Cottage Housing Incorporated Board Member. Panel members were Lisa Bates, California Housing and Community Development Deputy Director; Michelle Callejas, Sacramento County Director of Child Protective Services; and Phil Serna, Sacramento County District 1 Supervisor.

Download the Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices report.

Download the Supportive Housing for Homeless Families: Foster Care Outcomes and Best Practices Summary.

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Employment opportunity available in San Joaquin Valley


We are accepting applications for a Community Relations Manager to operate our Center for Health Program Management office in the San Joaquin Valley. See the position description and application submission instructions on our Employment Opportunities web page.

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Health Leadership Program graduate shares success story


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Lucy Hernandez, Housing and Community Services Manager for the Colusa-Glenn-Trinity Community Action Partnership and a graduate of Sierra Health Foundation’s Health Leadership Program, shares how her HLP education helped her lead and be a stronger agent of change for the communities she serves.

Lucy is a co-facilitator of the Glenn County Innovation & Development Team, whose Community Re-Entry Work (CREW) program was named the #1 Most Innovative Program in California and also received the CSAC Challenge Award by the California State Association of Counties.

CREW is a collaboration of several county departments that teaches job skills, provides training and mobilizes the community to fill gaps and build sustainable solutions that help offenders get back on their feet after incarceration.

“I want to show you the impact students from the Health Leadership Program can make in their communities. Thank you to Sierra Health Foundation for investing in the program to help many of us take our work to the next level and make a strong community impact.”

A short documentary about CREW, Smart Justice in Glenn County, is posted on the California State Association of Counties web site.

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Nonprofit Innovation Center Tenant Spotlight: Sacramento Covered


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By Rose Hanks
Sacramento Covered

Sacramento Covered, formerly Cover the Kids, has been coordinating health coverage outreach, enrollment and education services since 1998. Over the last 14 years, the program has been dedicated to serving families in the Sacramento region, gradually reducing the number of uninsured children. Sacramento Covered specializes in culturally competent, in-person assistance across 13 community locations throughout Sacramento County, allowing families to access direct assistance in their neighborhood and in their language.

Read more.

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