published on April 4, 2016 - 7:57 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

The Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management has awarded more than $1 million to 58 organizations dedicated to reducing health disparities in the San Joaquin Valley. 

The funding commitment follows the initial $630,000 awarded to 30 organizations in 2015 and reflects a total investment of more than $1.6 million as part of the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund. 

Founded in 2014, the goal of the fund is to create a network of 100 organizations to advance policy and advocacy to address serious disparities in health, economic and social conditions. The fund covers the eight San Joaquin Valley counties of Fresno, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Tulare. 

“This work is imperative if health equity is to be achieved in California. Social, environmental and economic indicators point to the San Joaquin Valley as being disproportionately burdened by poor health outcomes,” said Chet Hewitt, president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management. “The commitment and dedication of our funding partners allows us to connect and support many important San Joaquin Valley organizations. Together, we are ensuring that essential community partners, with the most at stake in making the Valley healthier, are leading the way.”

San Joaquin Valley Health Fund partner organizations address health factors such as domestic violence, open space and neighborhood safety through capacity building, systems change and community engagement. 

“It’s important that we address the needs of the San Joaquin Valley,” said Robert K. Ross, president and CEO of The California Endowment. “The challenges in this region are not insurmountable, and the San Joaquin Health Fund represents another significant step toward achieving health equity in this largely under-resourced region.”

Among this year’s funding recipients are Fresno County’s Cultiva La Salud, ACT for Women and Girls in Tulare County, California Coalition for Rural Housing Project, California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, Center on Race Poverty & Environment, Faith in Community and Fresno Barrios Unidos. 

A complete list of partner organizations and their funding amount is available here

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