The California Wellness Foundation has announced forty-nine grants totaling $10.3 million to advance health equity across the state.
Awarded through the foundation's Advancing Wellness program, the grants include $125,000 to Brooklyn-based Story Corps to enable diverse groups of Californians to record and share stories related to health, wellness, and healthcare reform; $150,000 over three years to Women of Substance & Men of Honor to sustain educational and re-entry services for youth at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility; $200,000 over three years to the Alliance for Justice in support of its Bolder Advocacy initiative, which provides technical assistance to groups with respect to rules and regulations in the area of policy advocacy; and $225,000 to the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water in support of its coalition- and capacity-building work and public policy efforts on behalf of the water-justice movement in the state.
"The connection between income and health is clear, and our support for regional efforts has allowed organizations to take advantage of local policy opportunities to increase wages and paid sick leave beyond federal and state minimums," said Cal Wellness president and CEO Judy Belk. "It will continue to take a variety of groups working across the state to pass local ordinances that will eventually translate into widespread support for improved wages and benefits for low-income workers."
For a complete list of grants, see the California Wellness Foundation website.