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SAMHSA COVID-19 Response funding opportunity for organizations in Los Angeles County and Riverside County

March 10, 2021

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, will award $2.5 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to provide direct treatment and recovery support services for individuals with substance use disorders and/or mental health disorders impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including support for health care providers. Applications are due by April 5 at 1 p.m. Access the revised request for applications (March 17).


March 4, 2021

THE CONVERSATION: Between Us, About Us. is a new campaign to provide Black communities with credible information about the COVID-19 vaccines, co-developed by Kaiser Family Foundation and the Black Coalition Against COVID. Sierra Health Foundation is among the funders supporting this important video series. Learn more on the Kaiser Family Foundation web site.

Sac Collab hosts mental health series

February 26, 2021

Join the Sacramento County COVID-19 Collaborative for a series of mental health awareness web talks every Thursday from March 4 through May 27 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Access the WebTalks flyer and the Mental Health California Sac Collab web page for more information and a registration link.

Round 2 Asthma Mitigation Project funding available

February 25, 2021

The Center is seeking applications from organizations such as community-based organizations, local health departments, community-based health care providers and Medi-Cal managed care organizations that will work on specific culturally and linguistically appropriate asthma home visiting programs. With grants up to $350,000 over two years, this funding opportunity will support asthma home visiting services, including education and environmental trigger mitigation. Proposals are due by April 20 at 1 p.m. Access the Request for Proposals.

Partnerships - February 2021

February 25, 2021

Read the February issue of Partnerships for a tribute to longtime board member Carol Whiteside, information about our new partnerships, funding opportunity announcements and program updates, and learn about what we’re following.

Positive Youth Justice Initiative: A blueprint for transforming the juvenile justice system

February 25, 2021

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (now Evident Change) carried out a three-year evaluation of the Positive Youth Justice Initiative to learn how it had contributed to the partners’ organizing and advocacy work, document the policy and systems change accomplishments of the partners, and provide recommendations that Sierra Health Foundation, its philanthropic partners and the broader philanthropic field can use to support communities in strengthening local infrastructure for organizing and advocacy toward a healthier youth justice system. Access the full evaluation report and the evaluation highlights on the Positive Youth Justice Initiative web page.

Transformative Justice Community: A Countywide Evaluation of the Black Child Legacy Campaign

February 24, 2021

This new report is the result of a two-year evaluation conducted by researchers at UC Davis and Sacramento State University. It provides evidence of the effectiveness of the Black Child Legacy Campaign's strategies in building a sustainable system of support to protect children from preventable deaths. Access the report (PDF).

Funding opportunity: San Joaquin Valley Health Fund COVID-19 Farmworker Resiliency Cluster Grants

February 12, 2021

The Center will award multiple two-year grants up to $300,000 each to advance farmworker recovery and resiliency through non-lobbying policy and systems change. Proposals are due by March 12 at 5 p.m. Access the request for proposals for information and submission instructions.

Medication Assisted Treatment Access Points Project releases two Tribal and Urban Indian funding opportunities

February 4, 2021

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services announced two funding opportunities through the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Access Points Project: Tribal and Urban Indian Community-Defined Best Practices and Tribal and Urban Indian Medications for Addiction Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder and Psychoactive Stimulant Use Disorder Learning Community. The application due date for both funding opportunities has been extended to April 9 at 5 p.m. Learn more on the MAT web site.

$17.3 million awarded to 110 community-based organizations for outreach to California communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19

February 4, 2021

The Center at Sierra Health Foundation in partnership with the California Department of Social Services and the Labor and Workforce Development Agency announced more than $17.3 million in grants to 110 community-based organizations throughout California to support community engagement and public health education and to encourage COVID-19 vaccination among those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic. Access the news release on the California Department of Social Services web site.

Build.Black. app launches in celebration of Black History Month

February 2, 2021

The Build.Black. Coalition has launched an app to support and uplift Black businesses and entrepreneurs, while also supporting a justice and equity movement committed to building the social, economic and cultural vitality and influence of Black residents and communities — locally and nationally. With the Build.Black. app, consumers can easily find and support Black-owned businesses, artisans and entrepreneurs. App users also can post or find events, connect with groups to teach or learn about issues, post or search for jobs, and find resources on important topics such as health and training for entrepreneurs. Sacramento Black business owners are invited to register on the app, which is available at Google Play and the App Store. Check out the Build.Black. app video on Facebook and the redesigned Build.Black. web site!

Partnerships - January 2021

January 29, 2021

Read the January issue of Partnerships for a new year message from Chet P. Hewitt, an announcement about the new Build.Black. app, updates from Elevate Youth California, San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, Trauma-Informed Wellness Program and Medication Assisted Treatment Access Points Project, and learn about what we’re following.

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