The California Wellness Foundation has announced thirty-three grants totaling $8 million to a range of organizations serving the needs of underserved individuals and families across the state.
The grants mark the close of the first year of the foundation's Advancing Wellness program, which works to promote health equity by bridging gaps in access and quality care, promoting healthy and safe neighborhoods, and expanding pathways to education and gainful employment. Awards include $375,000 to the California Rural Indian Health Board in support of oral health services for American Indian and Alaska Native adults and seniors in rural California; $275,000 to Asian Americans Advancing Justice Los Angeles to enable the California Immigrant Policy Center to continue its efforts to preserve and expand access to vital health and human services for immigrant populations in California; $250,000 to the Diversity in Health Training Institute in support of its efforts to help immigrants and refugees with professional backgrounds in health care re-enter the healthcare workforce in Alameda and Contra Costa counties; and $675,000 to the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in support of a campaign aimed at ensuring that the maximum number of eligible Californians benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents laws.
"Although immigrants are a significant portion of California's population, their quality of life is suffering, which is also limiting California's social and economic progress," said Fatima Angeles, vice president of programs for the foundation. "Now is the time to help them achieve healthy lives, which includes fully participating in community life and having a sense of belonging and purpose."
For a complete list of grants, visit the California Wellness Foundation website.