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Sierra Health launches redesigned Web site

Visitors to Sierra Health Foundation's Web site are finding a fresh new look! After a complete redesign, the site now offers user-friendly navigation and enhanced functionality, including a new online conference center meeting room application, a news and calendar page, a revamped resources section and an improved site search capability. Additional enhancements soon will include online registration for Sierra Health program events, diagrams of conference center meeting rooms and an interactive member section for Health Leadership alumni.

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Health Leadership Program applications available online

The informational brochure and the application for Health Leadership Class VII, which begins in the fall, are available now. This six-month, intensive course is open to leaders of nonprofit organizations and public agencies whose mission is dedicated to improving health and quality of life in their Northern California communities.

The curriculum, delivered by the USC School of Policy, Planning, and Development and the Marshall School of Business, is designed to develop highly skilled, motivated and effective leaders who will take what they gain from the course to their organizations and communities. The ideal candidate:
  • leads a health or social services nonprofit organization, public agency or department, including school districts and county health departments,
  • has tenure of five years or more in an executive management role,
  • supervises a team of employees throughout the scheduled
  • program,
  • works for a nonprofit organization or public agency that serves one or more counties in Sierra Health's 26-county funding region, and
  • demonstrates the capacity to become a vital leader in the community.
The brochure and application, with further eligibility requirements and information about the program, are available for download on Sierra Health's Web site. Applications are due to Sierra Health by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 29.

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REACH regional youth conference set for July 10

Youth and adults working in youth development and community change in the greater Sacramento region are invited to attend a one-day conference July 10 at the Lions Gate Hotel in McClellan Park. The keynote address, "Changing the Odds for Youth: Strategies for Mobilizing Community Change," by Karen Pittman and Merita Irby of the Forum for Youth Investment, will be followed by concurrent sessions on a range of youth development topics. Registration is $55. Some conference scholarships for youth are available. Visit Sierra Health's Web site to learn more about REACH: Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future. More conference details and registration will be available on Sierra Health's Web site soon.

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REACH Community Action coalitions receive funding

As part of its $8 million commitment to capital-region youth, Sierra Health Foundation's REACH program has awarded $4.2 million in grants to seven communities to help improve the lives of young people. The grant dollars will be distributed among seven coalitions that serve the communities of El Dorado Hills, Galt, Meadowview, Rancho Cordova, South Sacramento, West Sacramento and Woodland.

Each coalition will receive $600,000 over the next three years to make community-wide changes for youth to ensure they are safe and healthy, have positive relationships with caring adults, have meaningful opportunities to participate in the community and develop the skills they need to be successful. The communities will make these changes through youth councils, service learning, activism, mentoring, arts, job readiness and a variety of other youth-led opportunities. REACH coalitions are calling out to schools, faith-based organizations, local businesses and individual members of the community to help make positive changes for youth. Visit the REACH Web site to learn more.

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Partnership at Safetyville focuses on children's dental health

Sierra Health Foundation's brightSMILES program and the Sacramento District Dental Society's Smiles for Kids program have partnered to teach children about the importance of dental health at Safetyville USA in Sacramento County. Work began by sprucing up Sierra Health's miniature building at Safetyville, which now has bright interior paint, new carpet, colorful posters and children's dental chairs. Young visitors to the building watch a video about taking care of their teeth and receive coloring books and toothbrushes. Get more information about brightSMILES, Smiles for Kids and Safetyville USA.

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