Cal Wellness awards $11.3 million for COVID-19 relief, racial justice

Cal Wellness awards $11.3 million for COVID-19 relief, racial justice

The California Wellness Foundation has announced grants and program-related investments totaling $11.3 million in support of efforts to advance health equity, address racial disparities in pandemic response, and invest in racial justice across the state. 

Awarded between April and June, the funding includes $5.3 million in immediate response grants to assist communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 — people of color and low-income, immigrant, undocumented, and homeless people. The foundation awarded twenty-five grants to community health centers, community clinics, and regional clinic consortia, including the California Primary Care Association and every Regional Association of Clinics across the state, and seven grants totaling $440,000 to organizations addressing COVID-related concerns in communities of color, including the California Black Women's Health Project and the Latino Community Foundation.

As part of its long-term strategy to increase access to health care, quality education, good jobs, and safe neighborhoods, the foundation also awarded grants totaling $4 million in support of efforts to improve the healthcare safety net and health equity. Awarded through the foundation's Advancing Wellness program, the grants include $450,000 to Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science to enable underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in health professions and $425,000 to Advance Peace in support of community-led interventions to prevent violence.

In addition, PRIs totaling $2 million — including one of $1 million to the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, a community development financial institution — will provide loans to businesses and nonprofits run by people of color in rural and less affluent communities.

For a complete list of grants, see the California Wellness Foundation website.

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"Announcing $11.3 million for COVID-19 relief & racial justice." California Wellness Foundation press release 08/24/2020.