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Sierra Health president announces retirement

After 21 years as president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation, Len McCandliss announced he will retire by mid-2007. McCandliss has led Sierra Health since 1985, when it began grant funding for Northern California nonprofit health organizations. Under his leadership, the foundation has awarded more than $64 million to 700 nonprofit organizations in its 26-county funding region.

"Len has provided steady and visionary leadership for the foundation since its inception," said Sierra Health board member Carol Whiteside. "The high regard Sierra Health enjoys in the community is very much due to his guidance and his deep understanding of the community, its people and their needs."

McCandliss will continue in his position until a successor has been selected. A national search is being conducted by Edward K. Hamilton of Hamilton, Rabinovitz & Alschuler, Inc. For a position description, call (831) 622-4400 or e-mail

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brightSMILES grants for preventive services announced

In partnership with the California Children's Dental Disease Prevention Program (CDDPP) and the UC San Francisco School of Restorative Dentistry, Sierra Health's brightSMILES program will award more than $1 million in grants for oral health preventive service programs. Previous 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 start-up funds.

Sierra Health's Request for Applications is separate from the RFA available directly through the CDDPP. Sierra Health's RFA will be issued in early December and will be posted on Sierra Health's Web site at that time.

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Youth HOPE grant applications due Nov. 27

Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) applications for youth-led community service grants are available now on the Sacramento Region Community Foundation's Web site. Youth HOPE (Youth Helping Other People Excel) grants of up to $2,500 will fund projects planned and carried out by youth ages 10-19. In 2005-2006 GABY funded 29 projects in the California Capital Region, providing an opportunity for area youth to plan, organize and develop events and programs that benefit their communities. This is the second year Sierra Health Foundation has partnered with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation in support of GABY. Get more information here.

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REACH Program Improvement grants available

Proposals for the next round of Program Improvement grants are due to Sierra Health Foundation Jan. 15, 2007. Grants of up to $10,000 each will be awarded to organizations working to improve or expand programs for youth ages 10-15 in the California Capital Region. The grants are part of REACH: Connecting Communities and Youth for a Healthy Future. Public agencies, nonprofits and faith-based groups are encouraged to apply.

A mandatory proposers' teleconference for interested and qualified applicants will be held Dec. 13 from 1-2:30 p.m. During the conference, tips on how to write a competitive application will be shared. To reserve a line for the teleconference click here. For assistance in registering, send an e-mail to or click on this help link.

For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit Sierra Health's REACH Web site.

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Fall 2006 Program Improvement grants awarded

Sierra Health Foundation has awarded Program Improvement grants of $10,000 each to five youth-serving organizations in the California Capital Region. As part of the REACH youth initiative, these grants help fund programs to increase awareness, access and quality of youth programming. All of the selected programs will actively engage young people and provide opportunities for leadership, team building and decision making. Learn about the five selected programs here.

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REACH Web site goes online

A new Web site for Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth initiative is online now at This interactive site offers news, resources, an events calendar, forum topic discussions, an image gallery and more. In addition to providing program information, the site will be a primary resource for REACH grant recipients, particularly members of the seven Community Action coalitions working to make long-term positive changes for youth in their communities over the next few years. Information and applications for REACH Program Improvement grants and Grants Advisory Board for Youth grants are posted on the site, as well.

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Healthy Kids Healthy Future launched

Last month, organizers of the new Healthy Kids Healthy Future (HKHF) insurance program began filling the gap for the approximately 40,000 uninsured children in Colusa, El Dorado, Sacramento and Yuba counties who currently cannot regularly receive medical, dental and vision services.

HKHF will enroll eligible children into Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs and make available a local Healthy Kids insurance product intended for children ineligible for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families or who do not have access to employer-based coverage.

Healthy Kids Healthy Future, a public/private collaborative, is part of a statewide movement of more than 20 counties that launched similar Children's Health Initiatives as part of their commitment to provide uninsured children in their region with health insurance. HKHF began its planning work in 2003, and was the first initiative of its kind in California. Sierra Health Foundation is a proud partner in this regional effort.

For more information about Healthy Kids Healthy Future, contact Bonnie Ferreira at 916-929-1724.

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Community Partnerships for Healthy Children initiative featured in new publication

Sierra Health's 10-year initiative, Community Partnerships for Healthy Children (CPHC), was featured in the inaugural issue of Inside Stories, a publication of Grantmakers in Health (GIH). As an education and information service for health grantmakers, the series will share the work of GIH member organizations, highlighting lessons learned.

Through interviews with Sierra Health staff and CPHC collaborative grantees and partners, "What to Expect When You're Expecting to Improve Community Health," shares the challenges and successes of this initiative. CPHC strategy followed what was a new approach to improving children's health when it was launched in 1993—building community from the grassroots level. For more information on CPHC visit Sierra Health's Web site.

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Thanks to all who responded to our Health Leadership Program survey. Your input will help us in our continuing efforts to improve the health of Northern Californians by strengthening the nonprofit sector. Congratulations to Jim Lockwood, California Association of Family Empowerment Centers, and Phyllis Goldie, El Dorado County Public Health, who each won a $100 Amazon gift certificate.


The Sacramento County Children's Coalition has issued its 2006 Children's Report Card (7MB PDF). Every two years, the coalition publishes the Children's Report Card to reflect the changing conditions of children and families, highlight many of the community's successes and challenges, and provide a guide for policy development to improve the status of Sacramento's children.

Applications are available online for the Kaiser Family Foundation's Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program. The program brings talented African-American, Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Asian/Pacific Islander college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, D.C., where they are placed in congressional offices and learn about health policy.

A Healthy Community Perspective on Aging Well: New Ideas for an Older California, from the Center for Civic Partnerships, is a call to action for policymakers, chief executives, planners, businesses, nonprofit leaders and residents. It features promising practices, strategies and resources that communities can use to improve the health and quality of life for older adults. connects Sacramento-area children and youth with almost 200 faith-based activities. Opportunities are listed by category, such as arts, athletics, community service, events and meetings. The Web site is a project of Sacramento Area Congregations Together, the News & Review and Sierra Health Foundation.

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