California Wellness Foundation Awards $11.3 Million in Grants

California Wellness Foundation Awards $11.3 Million in Grants

The California Wellness Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $11.3 million to nonprofit organizations working to promote health and wellness in California.

The grants, the first awarded under the foundation's new Advancing Wellness program, will address health disparities and equity in the state through three linked portfolios: Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care; Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods; and Expanding Education and Employment Pathways. Several of the grants also will provide core operating support and technical assistance to long-time community partners of the foundation that may be affected by the foundation's transition to the Advancing Wellness strategy.

The year-end grants include awards of $425,000 to the San Francisco-based Field Research Corporation to develop and conduct two statewide surveys, a Wellness Poll and the Cal Wellness-Field Health Policy Survey; $160,000 over three years to Fathers & Families of San Joaquin in support of its efforts to use community engagement as a violence prevention strategy in south Stockton; $400,000 to the Health Access Foundation in support of its ongoing efforts to ensure a strong consumer voice in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act; and $150,000 to the Health Professions Education Foundation to provide scholarships and loan repayments to underrepresented and disadvantaged health professions students and professionals who practice in medically underserved areas in the state.

Other grant recipients include the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which was awarded $100,000 over twelve months to develop an approach that boosts the capacity of the California bureau of Kaiser Health News to work with communities of color and ethnic news media to improve coverage of health and related social issues; Inland Behavioral and Health Services, which will receive $250,000 in support of its ongoing efforts to provide primary medical services to underserved residents of San Bernardino County; and Justice Now in Oakland, which was awarded $100,000 over two years to improve health outcomes for currently and formerly incarcerated women and participate in the planning process for the Re-Entry Women and Employment Initiative.

For a complete list of grant recipients, see the California Wellness website.

"$11.3 Million in Grants Approved at Cal Wellness' December Board Meeting." California Wellness Foundation Press Release 12/22/2014.