Rural Matters podcast features San Joaquin Valley partners

September 12, 2022

Kaying Hang, our Senior Vice President of Programs and Partnerships, and three of our San Joaquin Valley partners joined the Rural Matters podcast earlier this month, uplifting their work and partnerships forged through the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund and Impact Investment Fund. The episode is now available at

Request for proposals: Elevate Youth California evaluation

September 9, 2022

The Center is accepting proposals for an experienced team to evaluate the Elevate Youth California — Youth Substance Use Disorder Prevention Program. Proposals are due by Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. Visit the Elevate Youth California website for more information about this opportunity.

Chet P. Hewitt named chair of Public Policy Institute of California Board of Directors

September 7, 2022

Public Policy Institute of California President and CEO Mark Baldassare today announced Chet P. Hewitt’s term as the Institute’s board chair. “Chet’s distinguished record of public service and deep knowledge of the forces shaping our state make him an ideal leader for PPIC at this critical time,” Baldassare said. Read more on the PPIC website.

Partnerships – July-August 2022

August 31, 2022

Read the July-August issue of Partnerships to get news and program updates, learn about a new funding opportunity, meet our newest staff members, find employment opportunities and read articles we’re following.

Funding opportunity: Youth substance use disorder prevention

August 29, 2022

With grants up to $1 million over three years, this funding opportunity will support community-based organizations and Tribal organizations throughout California that strive for health equity, focus on youth ages 12 to 26, and work on culturally responsive and linguistically appropriate prevention, outreach and education projects. Applications are due by Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. Visit the Elevate Youth California website for funding opportunity and application submission details, and to sign up for an overview webinar and office hours. E-mail us any questions.

Youth and Community PopUps relaunch for Summer 2022!

July 28, 2022

Sierra Health Foundation and The Center have granted $132,500 to fund 23 Youth and Community PopUps partners for summer activities. Together, these community-based organizations will relaunch the successful Youth and Community PopUps program during the summer break — a time when youth are most vulnerable. Learn more on the Youth and Community PopUps page.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic PopUp and Community Event to provide free vaccinations

July 15, 2022

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation’s Vaccine Equity Campaign and Black Child Legacy Campaign are partnering with Liberty Towers, Always Knocking, Health Net and Urgent Care Now to promote COVID-19 health and safety awareness and resources to all Sacramento community members, especially African American youth and families. See the flyer for additional details about this July 23 event (.pdf).

Chet P. Hewitt on the loss of summer youth programming in Sacramento

July 13, 2022

Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, has issued this statement in response to the City of Sacramento’s decision to recall previously-approved funding for Youth and Community PopUps. Continue reading...

Sacramento leaders join White House signing of gun violence legislation

July 11, 2022

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation partners Les Simmons, senior pastor at the South Sacramento Christian Center and director of the Simmons Center and Julius Thibodeaux, director of Movement 4 Life, joined President Joe Biden today in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the signing of the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.” The new law, passed by Congress last month, addresses gun violence through new gun safety restrictions to carve out a path toward safer communities nationwide. Access the news release for more information (.pdf).

Partnerships – June 2022

June 30, 2022

Read the June issue of Partnerships to get our latest news and program updates, learn about funding opportunities, meet our newest staff members, find employment opportunities and read about topics we’re following.