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Organizational assessment grant applications due Aug. 12

Applications for the next round of organizational assessment grants are due to Sierra Health Foundation by 5 p.m., Aug. 12. Eligible organizations must serve youth within the California Capital Region, have 501(c)(3) status, and an annual operating budget of more than $500,000. More information and the application are available here.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the proposers' conference July 19 from 9-11 a.m. at Sierra Health Foundation, 1321 Garden Highway, Sacramento. Registration is required. To sign up contact Colleen Cascio at ccascio@sierrahealth.org.

Information about 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.

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Sierra Health joins First 5 Sacramento in fluoridation effort

Sierra Health has awarded a $250,000 brightSMILES grant to First 5 Sacramento to fluoridate more water districts in Sacramento. First 5 Sacramento has committed $5 million to county fluoridation. Funded by tobacco taxes under Proposition 10, First 5 Sacramento supports comprehensive services for children ages 0-5 and their families.

For 100 years science has proven that fluoridated water prevents tooth decay. Still, dental decay remains the most common chronic disease among children. In Sacramento County alone, nearly 30 percent of preschool children have untreated tooth decay.

"Community water fluoridation is the best, most cost-effective way of preventing dental disease in children regardless of race or income," says Dr. Glennah Trochet, Sacramento County health officer and chair of Fluoridation Work Group of First 5 Sacramento. "Fluoridated water also benefits adults. This project will reduce preventable dental disease throughout the Sacramento Suburban Water District's service area--a population of 68,000 people."

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Grant to Valley Vision supports tackling of key regional issues

Valley Vision has received a grant from Sierra Health that will expand its ability to lead the Sacramento region in addressing key health and other quality of life issues. Founded in 1994, Valley Vision is a private nonprofit organization that brings together civic leaders to tackle regional problems such as poor air quality, a significant health problem for all, especially the young, elderly and asthma sufferers.

In addition to health issues, Valley Vision confronts other regional challenges: sprawl, traffic, educational disparities, unaffordable housing, public land use, job access, declining inner city neighborhoods and changing demographics.

The grant gives Valley Vision $100,000 per year for three years, and is matched against another local contribution of $150,000 per year. Sierra Health has supported Valley Vision since its founding with funding or in-kind office space that it has now outgrown. The funding supports Valley Vision's move and hiring of staff to implement its strategic goals.

The Valley Vision geographic focus includes six counties: Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Yuba and Sutter.

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Sierra Health awards grants as part of developing youth program

Sierra Health has awarded two grants to improve the quality and quantity of positive supports and opportunities for young people in the Capital Region. Grant recipients are Linking Education and Economic Development (LEED) and Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT). LEED is the home of the Youth Services Provider Network and the Youth Development Institute, which offers training and convening programs for youth service providers in the Sacramento region. ACT is a Sacramento nonprofit organization that unites people from different religious congregations, cultures and neighborhoods to ensure that families live in safe neighborhoods and have access to affordable health care, quality schools and housing.

The LEED grant will expand youth worker training opportunities in the Capital Region through 2006. The ACT grant will support the identification and promotion of faith-based youth program opportunities over the coming year. Sacramento News and Review is a key partner with ACT and will promote these faith-based youth activities in its weekly paper and via the Internet. LEED and ACT will work in partnership to train youth ministers on exemplary practices in youth development.

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Project seeks answer to what basic health coverage should include

"If health coverage is provided to everyone, what is the minimum coverage that everyone should receive?" Sacramento Healthcare Decisions (SHD) will find answers to this difficult question by meeting with small groups throughout Northern California from June 2005 to spring 2006.

The project, Just Coverage, is supported by a grant from the California HealthCare Foundation. SHD is recruiting companies or groups willing to sponsor a 2-1/2 hour session with 12 people. Participants will develop a plan based on a variety of difficult trade-offs. SHD will share the project results with legislators, health care leaders and community organizations.

This project serves to educate individuals and give them a voice in one of society's most complex ethical issues: What do we owe each other and what are individuals responsible for themselves? For more information call SHD at (916) 851-2828.

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Regional initiative aims to cover kids by Jan. 2006

Healthy Kids, Healthy Future is the name of a new nonprofit organization that will offer health coverage to children in the Sacramento Sierra Valley Region by January 2006. The organization grew out of a collaborative of public and private groups in Sacramento, El Dorado and Colusa counties that has been meeting since 2002.

The goal of Healthy Kids, Healthy Future is to ensure that every child in the region has health coverage and access to a "medical home" that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. The organization will target children ages 0-18 in families with incomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty. Reports estimate that more than 60,000 children in the region have no health coverage. About two-thirds of these children are eligible for existing Medi-Cal and Healthy Families coverage. Healthy Kids, Healthy Future will work to maximize enrollment in these programs. The remaining third will be covered under a comprehensive new insurance program called Healthy Kids.

Sierra Health has participated in the collaborative since its inception and is one of dozens of funding partners throughout the Sacramento Sierra Valley Region. For more information about the statewide effort to insure every California child, see the resources section below.

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L.A. Times profiles Sierra Health board member Carol Whiteside

In a June 14 profile, the Los Angeles Times lauded Carol Whiteside for her contributions as founder and president of Great Valley Center in Modesto, a think tank that helps guide the future of the Central Valley. The Great Valley Center is a private, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization working to solve problems faced by the region. Ms. Whiteside has served on Sierra Health's board since 2000. Free registration is required to view the full text of the article on the Los Angeles Times' Web site.

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RESOURCES


Statewide effort to achieve health coverage for all California children:
100% Campaign

UCLA Center for Health Policy fact sheet

Institute for Health Policy Solutions-California

Importance of fluoridation:
National Center for Fluoridation Policy and Research. Contains facts on community water fluoridation, including statements from the current and past Surgeons General of the United States.



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