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Youth and Community Popups - August 16

August 15, 2019

The City of Sacramento has teamed up with The Center and 22 community organizations to provide youth, families and city residents with fun, safe and community-building popup activities across Sacramento every Friday night through 2019. Activities range from roller skating and soccer to video game tournaments and dinner. Check out the flyer for this week's activities here.

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

August 2, 2019

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

Partnerships - July 2019

July 30, 2019

Read the July issue of Partnerships for information about upcoming second-round MAT Access Points Project funding, the Senate Select Committee on the Social Determinants of Children’s Well-being, the Black Child Legacy Campaign, staff updates and more.

Census 2020 will move forward with no citizenship question

July 2, 2019

For more than a year, we have been speaking with communities, partners and allies across the state about Census 2020. In no uncertain terms, they have shared their fears of participation in a census with a citizenship question, the inclusion of which was intended to terrorize, undercount, underrepresent and underfund Latinx and other immigrant communities and people of color.

We are thrilled with today’s announcement that the 2020 census will be printed without the citizenship question, because it will ensure all Californians feel safer as they participate in this important civic ritual of affirmation.


Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color

July 1, 2019

Today we’re joining advocates and youth from across California for a Select Committee on the Status of Boys and Men of Color informational hearing at the State Capitol in Sacramento. Discussion topics include a review of the past 10 years of organizing and advocacy, and envisioning the next 10 years of action and support, including comments from Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation.

Partnerships - June 2019

June 27, 2019

Read the June issue of Partnerships for information about MAT Access Points Project awards, Responsive Grants Program awards, the new Sacramento Economic Growth and Equity Coalition, My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento Youth Fellows, new staff and more.

Youth and community members to build peace and unity at June 27 gun violence awareness rally

June 26, 2019

The Black Child Legacy Campaign will gather 1,200 youth and community leaders at Cesar Chavez Park in Sacramento from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise awareness about gun violence, create strategies and policies to combat gun violence, and learn how to build safe spaces for young people together. Activities will include a youth-led Harambee, youth spoken word artists, photos and autographs with Sacramento Kings players, a moment of silence and guest speakers who have been impacted by gun violence. Learn more.

$16.4 million awarded to support Medication Assisted Treatment projects across California

June 21, 2019

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation announced more than $16.4 million awarded to 120 organizations at more than 270 sites throughout California through the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Access Points Project. This funding will ensure that the delivery of MAT facilitates positive treatment outcomes, safe management of care transitions and long-term recovery for people with opioid and other substance use disorders.


New York Times article: The Supreme Court Should Take a Field Trip to California

June 18, 2019

Sierra Health Foundation Senior Program Officer Cindy Quezada was featured in this June 15 New York Times article about her work to inform immigrants in the San Joaquin Valley about Census 2020. Through focus groups and one-on-one conversations, she is building on her research with the San Joaquin Valley Census Research Project to help community groups create strategies for reaching hard-to-count people.

What exactly is inclusive economic development?

June 12, 2019

As Sacramento leadership finalizes a 2019–2020 budget that includes support of inclusive economic development, some are left wondering: What exactly is inclusive economic development? We created this short animated video in partnership with local entrepreneur and artist Art & Soul to help those across the city understand the wealth, health and opportunity gaps that exist in our neighborhoods and how we can close them together through investment in inclusive community economic development.

Partnerships - May 2019

May 30, 2019

Read the May issue of Partnerships for staff updates, information about the Health Leadership Program, Community and Youth Pop Up events, the Build.Black. Coalition and more.

Census article looks at risk of undercounting immigrant residents in California

May 9, 2019

According to a recently published article by Capital & Main, the risk of leaving residents uncounted in the 2020 Census is already high in states with sizable immigrant populations, but with citizenship questions on the census, any hopes of accuracy will likely be dashed — particularly in California, where the immigrant population is nearly twice the national average and Latinos represent 34 percent of the adult population. Read Census Citizenship Questions Threaten California

Access the San Joaquin Valley Census Research Project reports, which are referenced in the article.


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