The California Wellness Foundation has announced grants totaling $8.8 million to organizations working to improve the health of California communities.
Six grants totaling $2.45 million were awarded to organizations working to advance health reform, including the Insure the Uninsured Project ($225,000 over three years), the Western Center on Law and Poverty ($350,000 over three years), and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ($380,000 over two years), which will collaborate to promote independent research, disseminate reports, and brief policy makers. The foundation also awarded $550,000 over three years to the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network to advance policy reforms that benefit communities of color across the state.
The foundation awarded a number of grants to organizations working to lift people out of poverty and ensure their economic security, including $200,000 over three years to La Cocina, which will use the funds to help incubate microenterprises working to supply nutritious food in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood, and $300,000 over three years to Rubicon Programs in Costa County to help reduce barriers to employment for extremely low-income adults, many of whom were formerly incarcerated.
In addition, the foundation awarded a grant of $150,000 over three years to the Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration. Billed as the nation's first city-led guaranteed-income demonstration project, the effort will provide participating households with an unrestricted monthly payment of $500, with the goal of determining whether a so-called universal basic income can deliver positive community health benefits such as lower rates of alcohol and tobacco use, improved mental health outcomes, and lower rates of hospitalization.
"Economic outcomes are health outcomes," said Cal Wellness vice president of programs Fatima Angeles. "Efforts that help boost — as well as guarantee — incomes, secure fair wages, and create good jobs will build the health of individuals, families, and communities."
For a complete list of the foundation's recent grants, see the Cal Wellness website.
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