Central Valley nonprofits to share nearly $3 Million
April 14, 2017
• Money is from the Center at Sierra Health Foundation
• “We choose to make sure the Valley is just as golden as the rest of the state”
Nearly $3 million is being awarded to 69 organizations working on ways to improve health outcomes in the San Joaquin Valley. The organizations are working in one or more of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare counties in the San Joaquin portion of the Central Valley.
This round of funding includes 54 individual grants and four cluster grants, a grant category added for the first time, supported by 16 organizations. Individual grants will fund organizations working to address health disparities and factors that impact health, such as food security, air quality, clean drinking water, housing, health care, education, employment, immigrant rights, domestic violence, open space, neighborhood safety and other drivers of health outcomes.
Awarded cluster grants will complement the individual grant program by connecting groups of nonprofit partners committed to accelerating policy and systems changes to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable children and advance racial and health equity.
Data in a report commissioned by the Fund and released last month shows eight of the San Joaquin Valley counties are among the top nine agricultural producers in the state, and seven of these same counties are in the top 10 counties with the highest child poverty rates.
Additionally, given that one out of every four Valley children experiences food insecurity and they are much more likely to be exposed to pesticides, cluster grants will focus on protecting children from pesticides and immigrant communities with running themes of environmental justice and community mobilization.
“We choose to fight, we choose to organize, we choose to make sure the Valley is just as golden as the rest of the state,” says Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. “California cannot be great until the Valley is as fertile as the land that produces the fruits and vegetables the state enjoys.”
Established in 2014, the Fund is a partnership of 69 nonprofit organizations, along with nine state and national foundations, jointly working to build a greater level of health equity in the Valley.
The Fund is managed by the Center at Sierra Health Foundation with funding from Sierra Health Foundation, the California Endowment, Rosenberg Foundation, the California Wellness Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Dignity Health and Tides Foundation.