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Committed leaders invited to apply for Health Leadership Program Class XIV


The Health Leadership Program strengthens the skills of leaders in nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose mission is dedicated to improving health and quality of life in their communities. We’re pleased to continue the program in 2017 and invite current and emerging leaders in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley to apply.

Successful applicants will be in organizations that work to improve community health and well-being and reduce health disparities across a broad range of issue areas that address the social determinants of health, such as education, employment, access to health services, population health, social services, environment, housing, youth development and juvenile justice.

Applications are due on April 24 by noon. Learn more and download the brochure and application materials on the Health Leadership Program web page.

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Leadership Development for Racial Equity funding available to support youth-focused policy and systems change


In partnership with The California Endowment and Sierra Health Foundation, The Center will award a total of $100,000 to support advocacy-related capacity building and leadership development activities in Northern California and the San Joaquin Valley.

Funding is open to youth-focused organizations led by people of color working to eliminate health disparities, with an interest in increasing their organizational capacity to address issues of racial equity.

A proposers’ webinar will be held on March 15 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Online registration is available until March 13 at noon. Participation is recommended, but not required.

Applications are due by April 10 at 1 p.m. Information and online registration for the webinar are available on the Leadership Development for Racial Equity web page. Please e-mail us any questions.

View the LDRE video.

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More than 1,000 gather at the State Capitol to demand a golden state for all


Residents and advocates from the San Joaquin Valley joined state leaders at the California State Capitol on Feb. 9 to raise their voices for a “golden state for all” during the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund’s Equity on the Mall event.

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For far too long, communities across the San Joaquin Valley haven’t had the same opportunities that make California golden for other regions. A day full of rain didn’t stop advocates from sharing a policy platform calling for change and a shared vision for a healthier, more equitable California. Advocates and state leaders including Senate pro Tem Kevin De León (CA-24), Senator Ed Hernandez (CA–22) and Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula (CA-31) shared their visions.

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In the afternoon, the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund released California’s San Joaquin Valley: A Region and its Children Under Stress, a report that documents disparities and the effects they have on the lives and opportunities of families raising children in the region. The report was commissioned by the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Sierra Health Foundation and prepared by the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. The briefing included remarks from Diana S. Dooley, Secretary of California Health and Human Services Agency, Assemblymember Tony Thurmond (CA-15) and Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. See the report briefing video.

Communities will continue to mobilize across the San Joaquin Valley to transform their neighborhoods, counties and the region so that all children can be healthy.

To learn more, read the report and policy platform, see media coverage and view photos, visit the Equity on the Mall web page.

We will organize, we will fight and we will ensure the San Joaquin Valley is as fertile as the land that produces the fruit we eat. — Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs

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Photos: California Senate pro Tem Kevin de León, and advocates at the State Capitol.

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Responsive Grants Program funding to be announced this spring


The Responsive Grants Program will continue in 2017 to support community-driven efforts to improve health, promote access and reduce health inequity throughout our 26-county funding region. We will post the request for proposals on the Responsive Grants Program web page this spring and will announce the funding opportunity in Partnerships.

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Market analysis looks at primary care safety net and the Affordable Care Act


The Affordable Care Act increased health insurance coverage significantly and exceeded predictions in the region.

Access to care and appropriate utilization of the health system continue to challenge newly insured Medi-Cal populations.

Primary care needs more time and capacity building to meet demand.

These are some of the findings from our new report, Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership: Market Analysis Findings and Key Opportunities.

Conducted by John Snow, Inc., the market analysis looks at the Sacramento region’s primary care safety net between 2012 and 2016, and how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act changed the health care landscape in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties.

We launched the Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership in 2011 to strengthen the health care delivery system, in partnership with Congresswoman Doris Matsui and other policymakers, as well as leaders from community health centers, health systems, health plans, associations and foundations to prepare the region for the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Our five-year commitment included the Community Health Center Capacity Building Program and the Safety Net Learning Institute, which supported community health center leaders and staff throughout the region.

We hope this report will inspire further conversation and action by the region’s leaders to remain committed to expanding and strengthening the health care safety net.

We will host a webinar this spring to present and discuss the findings and what it means for our region.

See the report and learn more on the Sacramento Region Health Care Partnership web page.

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Black Child Legacy Campaign recognized at Black History Month celebration


Youth and adult representatives from the Black Child Legacy Campaign were recognized with a resolution from the Sacramento City Unified School District Board on Feb. 2 in honor of Black History Month.

According to the Sacramento County Child Death Review Team, the African American child death rate was twice the average of the overall child death rate during the period from 1990 to 2009. The Black Child Legacy Campaign is raising visibility and strengthening collective impact efforts of the Steering Committee on Reduction of African American Child Deaths. Learn more on The Center web site.

The Gathering for GLORY: Giving Love to Our Rising Youth Conference will be held in Sacramento on April 20. Conference presenter applications are due March 15. Learn more.

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Photo: Sacramento City Unified School Board Trustee Mai Vang, left, presented a resolution to young people working with the Black Child Legacy Campaign. Pictured are Jackie Rose, Kim Williams, Derrol Westbrook, Temarus Bogan, Rakem Murdock and Tameka Lulus.

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Exhibit features art from Renaissance Society


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Visitors to our Conference and Education Center are enjoying photography by members of the Renaissance Society, a partnership of Sacramento-area older adults and California State University, Sacramento. Their photos take viewers to downtown Sacramento and Camp Pollock, a historic camp in the American River Parkway Preserve managed by the Sacramento Valley Conservancy. Learn about the Renaissance Society and Camp Pollock.

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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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