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Health Leadership application deadline July 1

Sierra Health is now accepting applications for its fifth Health Leadership class. The seven-month program begins Oct. 4. Applications are available online and are due July 1. The program is designed to reward and develop experienced nonprofit leaders, and to expand their growth and impact within the communities they serve. The ideal candidate:
  • Leads a health or social services nonprofit organization, local public agency, or department
  • Has a tenure of five years or more in an executive management role
  • Supervises a team of employees throughout the program's timeframe
  • Works for a nonprofit organization or public agency that serves one or more counties in Sierra Health's 26-county funding region
  • Demonstrates the capacity to become a vital leader in the community
Learn more about the program on Sierra Health's website.

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Resiliency research and outcomes focus of June 8 training

Youth resiliency expert Bonnie Benard will present her findings at a workshop June 8 from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at Bishop Francis Quinn Cottages, 1500 N Street in Sacramento. Ms. Benard, a senior program associate with WestEd, is the author of Resiliency: What We Have Learned. The book synthesizes more than a decade of resiliency research that shows even in extreme situations, individuals have the capacity and biological drive to lead healthy, successful lives.

Resiliency theories have spread beyond their youth-development roots and have been applied with great success to programs such as Quinn Cottages's homeless housing project. Ms. Benard will discuss effective intervention strategies based on the resiliency model. The program, co-sponsored by Sierra Health, is part of the foundation's new focus on youth development. Other sponsors include Youth Services Provider Network (YSPN) and the Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance/Homeless Program.

A second program will be held that day from 4:30-6 p.m. on raising children using the resiliency approach. Both seminars are free. Lunch is included in the first program. To register contact Cottage Housing, Inc. at 916.446.2541 or

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Documentary on emancipated foster children airs June 1st

Forgotten Youth, funded in part by Sierra Health, airs June 1 at 7:30 p.m. and again at 9:30 p.m. on KVIE Channel 6. This documentary looks at the problems facing foster children after they turn 18. Within 18 months of emancipation, studies show that 40 percent have either had or fathered a child. More than half are unemployed, often committing crimes to buy food, shelter or drugs. Many become victims of violent crimes. A third will be arrested. Filmmakers interviewed young people struggling to live independently and community agencies working toward solutions. Featured Sacramento-area programs include Wonder, Inc., a nonprofit organization that matches mentors with foster children, and Koinonia House in Lincoln.

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Sierra Health awards organizational assessment grants

Four nonprofit groups serving youth in the California Capital Region have each been awarded a $10,000 grant from Sierra Health to examine their organizational infrastructure. The funding provides a unique opportunity for strong organizations to become even stronger through self-assessments and planning. Grant recipients include the following:

The Chemical Dependency Center for Women in Sacramento offers outpatient counseling and adolescent and youth services. Its Teen Safety Net Program provides outreach to homeless youth, substance abuse education and treatment, and housing referrals.

Sacramento Cottage Housing, Inc. in Sacramento helps homeless individuals transition from the streets to self-sufficiency. The organization provides housing, counseling and living skills workshops at Quinn Cottages in Midtown Sacramento and Serna Village in McClellan Park. More than 100 children in these communities receive after-school tutoring and mentoring, plus participate in arts, technology and recreational activities as part of Cottage Housing's SKYLAB program. Residential capacity will double by year-end.

Catholic Social Service Solano County provides counseling to adults, families and school-age children in Solano County. The organization also offers domestic violence cessation classes, helps the isolated elderly, and assists immigrants. With a fast-growing Latino population, the agency plans to expand counseling services for Latino children whose Americanized ways sometimes conflict culturally with their parents' values.

Volunteers of America delivers services in the greater Sacramento area to families with children, the elderly, the homeless, the mentally ill, and people with alcohol and substance abuse problems. One of its key initiatives is to provide transitional housing to homeless youth, adults and families.

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Next round of organizational assessment funding begins this summer

Applications for the next round of organizational assessment grants will be available online in June. A proposers' conference will be held in July with applications due mid-August. Recipients will be announced in September. Eligible organizations must have 501(c)(3) status; an annual operating budget of more than $500,000; and programs serving youth within the California Capital Region. Detailed information on the organizational assessment process can be found in the Spring 2005 GrantWise, a Sierra Health e-newsletter that provides tips to attract and use funds wisely. Watch Sierra Health's website for specific dates.

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Sierra Health welcomes new Sacramento Region Community Foundation CEO

ruth blankRuth Blank is the new CEO of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

Ms. Blank brings to the foundation 25 years of cable television management experience and a longstanding commitment to the region. She also has expertise in marketing, communication, customer relations and strategic planning.

"I believe the foundation can truly make a difference in this region today and into the future by making it easy for donors to connect with those who will benefit most," says Ms. Blank. "The foundation can encourage philanthropy by shining a spotlight on the needs of the community and by showing the community the excellent examples set by its donors."

As head of the foundation, Ms. Blank will oversee assets of more than $60 million, representing over 300 funds established by businesses and families for the betterment of the region. The foundation's primary service area is Sacramento County, Yolo County, Placer County and El Dorado County. In 2004, the foundation granted more than $6 million to nonprofit charitable groups and others.

"Sierra Health looks forward to exploring ways to partner with the community foundation," says Dorothy Meehan, Sierra Health vice president. "We share similar goals, especially in the area of youth programming."

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Health Profile of California's Adolescents: Findings from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey. Published by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and funded in part by Sierra Health Foundation.

Executive Summary of Turning the Tide: The Achievements of the First Things First Education Reform in the Kansas City, Kansas Public School District. Published by Youth Development Strategies, Inc.

Support for children's health insurance coverage overwhelming, says new survey funded by The California Endowment.

Online sign up to become an organ and tissue donor in California at The site has a Spanish-language option.

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