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A message from Chet Hewitt

The initial months of my tenure as president of Sierra Health Foundation have gone by quickly. I've had the privilege of meeting with past and present grantees, visited communities across the region, and spoken with numerous individuals working to improve health and well-being in the Sacramento region. While the many “meet and greet” meetings have kept me busy moving from place to place, I cannot think of a more authentic way to get to know the institutions, communities and people who call Sierra Health's funding region home.

As you might imagine, I have also been spending a great deal of time meeting with staff. My goal has been to quickly learn as much as I can about Sierra Health's internal operations and the programs we support through our grant making. Equally important is our board's decision to use this transition period as an opportunity to review and, where necessary, update our mission, vision, values and program direction. Preparing for these discussions afforded me the opportunity to delve into the history of Sierra Health. This exploration revealed many examples of the foundation using its resources to convene important policy discussions on a variety of health-related topics, as well as examples of its willingness to partner with and support institutions doing crucial work in communities. The values embodied in this history will continue to guide our work.

In total, my internal and external conversations with stakeholders have helped me better understand regional challenges and identify future opportunities Sierra Health could pursue. These conversations will inform the way in which we contribute to ongoing and future efforts to promote the healthy development of children, youth, families and communities across the region. Having spoken so much about the future, I would be remiss if I didn't say that as we begin deliberations about new areas of work, we are committed to fully meeting existing funding commitments.

Finally, I want to thank those who have made themselves available to meet with me over the past several months for their hospitality, graciousness and honesty. And to those of you working to improve community health and well-being in this region who I have yet to meet, I look forward to doing so in the very near future.

Respectfully,

Chet P. Hewitt

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REACH Program Improvement grants available

Through its REACH youth program, Sierra Health Foundation awards grants up to $10,000 to organizations in the California Capital Region to improve the quality of youth programs or increase the number of youth who participate in quality programs. Applications for Winter 2008 Program Improvement grants are due by Jan. 15. Download application materials and instructions on the REACH Web site.

Applicants are required to have participated in a proposersí conference call within 12 months of the application due date. The conference call for the Winter 2008 funding cycle will be held on Dec. 12 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Register for the call by Dec. 10 on the REACH Web site.

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Three youth boards to award grants for youth-led projects

Through a partnership of Sierra Health Foundation, Sacramento Region Community Foundation and the El Dorado and Placer community foundations, more capital-region youth will have an opportunity to get involved with the Grants Advisory Board for Youth (GABY) this year. Youth HOPE (Youth Helping Other People Excel) grants up to $2,500, awarded by the youth boards, will fund projects planned and carried out by youth ages 10 to 19 in Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties.

Placer and El Dorado counties are recruiting youth to serve on GABY. Applications to serve on a youth board are due Nov. 16 for Placer County and Nov. 19 for El Dorado County.

Grant applications for youth-led community service projects in Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties also are available. For GABY information and application materials, visit the Sacramento Region Community Foundation Web site, the UC Cooperative Extension's El Dorado County Web site or the Placer Community Foundation Web site.

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REACH youth program e-newsletter to launch

This month, Sierra Health will begin an electronic newsletter for its REACH youth program. The e-newsletter will include updates on work being done by REACH grantee organizations, and provide resources, funding opportunity notices and a calendar of events. Sign up for the mailing list.

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