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 in March. 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. View the news release.
Sierra Health Foundation has 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.
The “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 Business Navigators, Contact Tracers and Resource Coordinators work in neighborhoods that are experiencing the worst impacts of COVID-19. Visit the Collab web site to learn more and access resources. View the news release.
In March, 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.