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Sierra Health renews commitment to nonprofit leaders

After five classes and 130 outstanding fellows, and with Class VI well under way, we are pleased to announce the continuation of the Health Leadership Program, a major strategy in Sierra Health's effort to build the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities. Based on recent evaluation results showing the positive impact the program has had at all levels, Sierra Health's board of directors recently renewed its commitment to strengthening the leadership skills of nonprofit and public agency leaders who share the foundation's mission of improving the health of Northern Californians.

Applications for Class VII will be distributed and posted on our Web site this spring. The class, which meets in multi-day modules over six months, will begin in October 2007 with a retreat at Grizzly Creek Ranch in Plumas County. The course curriculum is designed and delivered by the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development, and the Marshall School of Business. To receive the application and other announcements, join our mailing list here.

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brightSMILES oral health grant deadlines approaching

Sierra Health's commitment to improving oral health continues with a grant opportunity to enhance, expand or establish school-based dental services. In partnership with the California Dental Disease Prevention Program (CDDPP) and the UC San Francisco School of Dentistry, Sierra Health's brightSMILES program will award up to $1 million in three-year grants for oral health preventive service programs.

CDDPP grant recipients in Sierra Health's funding region are eligible to apply for funding to expand or enhance existing services. Nonprofit organizations and public agencies located in the counties of Sierra Health's funding region not currently served by a CDDPP provider will be eligible to apply for startup funds. More eligibility details are on Sierra Health's Web site. Submit questions to

Upcoming deadlines:

Letters of intent (LOI) from organizations planning to apply for a brightSMILES oral health services grant are due to by Feb. 7. Find the LOI form in the brightSMILES Request for Applications on Sierra Health's Web site.

Applications are due to on April 19 at 5 p.m. Learn more and download the application on Sierra Health's Web site.

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REACH Program Improvement grants available this spring

The spring 2007 round of REACH Program Improvement grants is coming up. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to nonprofits or public agencies to improve the quality of youth programs or increase the number of youth who participate in quality programs in the California Capital Region. Visit the REACH Web site for more information about REACH and the Program Improvement strategy. The application and instructions will be available to download in February. The application deadline is April 13 at 5 p.m.

A mandatory proposers' conference call will be held March 13 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Register for the call here. For registration assistance, send an e-mail to or click here. If your organization previously received a REACH Program Improvement grant, you are not required to participate in this proposers' conference call.

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Grizzly Creek Ranch welcomes youth leadership programs

Grizzly Creek Ranch, the camp and conference center operated by Sierra Health Foundation, has committed to expanding its focus to include youth leadership programs. The grantees of Sierra Health's REACH program will be some of the first organizations to take advantage of the opportunity this summer to use the beautiful camp located in Plumas County.

Though children with special needs will continue to be the primary guests at camp during the summer season, youth development and leadership programs also support the camp mission of improving the health, independence and life skills of children through an organized camp experience. The camp is accepting proposals from youth leadership programs that would benefit from a camp experience. Interested organizations should contact Ann Perez, executive director for Grizzly Creek Ranch, at Learn more about the facility here.

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Watch for the next issue of GrantWise

The next issue of GrantWise, Sierra Health's electronic newsletter designed to help nonprofits attract funding and make the most of grant dollars, will be distributed and posted on Sierra Health's Web site in February. This issue will look at some themes and insights on organizational collaboration that emerged during a Sierra Health Leadership alumni discussion led by Dr. Bob Myrtle of USC School of Policy, Planning and Development. If you are not already directly receiving Sierra Health electronic publications, you may join our mailing list here.

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Reflections on Sustainability: Assessing the Long-Term Impact of Three TCWF Initiatives is the 15th in The California Wellness Foundation's Reflections series, which is intended to share lessons learned and information gleaned from TCWF's grantmaking activities. The entire series can be found on TCWF's Web site.

Alliances for Youth: What Works in CSR Partnerships, a publication of the International Youth Foundation, presents case studies of seven corporate social responsibility (CSR) partnership programs with a positive approach to youth development and provides practical guidance on how to create effective cross-sector partnerships.

Findings from the Search Institute/Child Trends study commissioned by America's Promise—Alliance for Youth are published in the new issue of Search Institute Insights & Evidence. The study examines the five promises identified by the America's Promise Alliance that young people need to build character and competence.

Research You May Have Missed is a list of youth development articles and book reviews compiled by the 4-H Center for Youth Development.

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