COVID-19 Response for our Communities

We are leading and partnering with local, regional and statewide efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support community members and businesses that are most impacted.

California COVID-19 Community Health and Workplace Outreach Projects

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, the California Department of Social Services and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency have partnered to support community engagement and public health education and to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Learn more on the California COVID-19 Community Health and Workplace Outreach Project web page.

California COVID-19 Public Awareness Campaign

The State of California and The Center at Sierra Health Foundation have partnered for the second phase of the State’s public awareness campaign focused on the needs of Latinx, Black and other communities experiencing disproportionate impacts of COVID-19. The campaign uses current public health data to prioritize impacted communities, and builds on the first phase of the campaign launched by the State. The campaign includes rapid deployment of messaging to encourage Californians to follow public health safety measures to keep them and others safe and prevent the spread of the virus, as well as to promote programs and financial support, such as disability, paid sick and family leave. Learn more on the State of California web site.

COVID-19 Mitigation Project

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and the State of California’s Department of Health Care Services have partnered on the COVID-19 Mitigation Project to prevent, prepare for and respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and ensure the continuity of services to support individuals connected to the behavioral health system. Funding applications are due Feb. 11 at 1 p.m. Access the request for applications for more details and application instructions.

COVID-19 Regional Response Funds

In March 2020, we launched three regional response funds with many dedicated funding partners and leaders to raise awareness of the COVID-19 crisis and to invite private and philanthropic contributors to support nonprofit organizations, small businesses and vulnerable populations. Philanthropic partners and community members together have pledged more than $9 million. Distributions to 126 nonprofit partners total almost $6.3 million. We are disbursing additional grants to community partners as we receive pledged funds. We continue to accept donations and pledges for ongoing and long-term support. Learn more and make donations on the three response fund web pages below.

Donate4Sacramento COVID-19 Regional Response Fund
Northern California COVID-19 Response Fund
San Joaquin Valley Health Fund COVID-19 Response Cluster

Sacramento County COVID-19 Collaborative

The “Sac Collab” is a community partnership supported by the Sacramento County Division of Public Health, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and multi-ethnic community-based organizations. The Collab supports community members and business owners with up-to-date information, guidelines and resources to stay informed and to stay healthy. Trained Resource Coordinators and Vaccine Ambassadors work in neighborhoods that are experiencing the worst impacts of COVID-19. Visit the Collab web site to learn more and access resources.

THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us.

Co-developed by Kaiser Family Foundation and the Black Coalition Against COVID, this video campaign provides Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines. Sierra Health Foundation is among the funders supporting this important video series. Learn more on the Kaiser Family Foundation web site.

Together Toward Health

Sierra Health Foundation joined 12 other foundations to pool resources and launch Together Toward Health, an initiative to connect community-based organizations and expand workforce development opportunities for Californians most impacted by COVID-19, and create and amplify public outreach efforts to reduce its spread. Supporting foundations include: The Ballmer Group, Blue Shield of California Foundation, The California Health Care Foundation, Genentech, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Heising-Simons Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Weingart Foundation. The Public Health Institute coordinates the fund. Learn more on the Public Health Institute web site.

Vaccine Equity Campaign

The Vaccine Equity Campaign funds organizations to increase Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) access to appointments and vaccines, providing transportation, interpreter services, childcare and other supports. Awarded organizations lead community activities that help vulnerable communities get vaccinated and use multiple outreach methods, such as the expertise of community organizers, community health workers and promotoras, while being linked with clinicians who can administer the vaccines. Access the November 2021 funded partners list (.pdf).