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Sierra Health's Partnerships brings you bimonthly news, opportunities, tools and resources.


Online conference to explore creating aging-friendly communities

Creating Aging-Friendly Communities is an online conference focusing on proven strategies for helping communities respond effectively to the aging of their populations. The conference, hosted by the UC Berkeley Center for the Advanced Study of Aging Services, takes place over three weeks beginning Feb. 20 and consists of several sessions, both live and prerecorded. Participants access the sessions from their computers.

Join participants from many sectors, including state and local government, community-based organizations, policy-makers, business leaders, funders, recognized experts and concerned citizens as they capture emerging knowledge regarding ways to make their communities more aging-friendly.

Sierra Health Foundation is pleased to be a conference funder, in partnership with the Helen Andrus Benedict Foundation, The California Endowment and the MetLife Foundation.

Watch Sierra Health's Web site in mid-January for updated information on this event.

See full details and registration information on the Creating Aging-Friendly Communities Web site.

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Youth conference set for July – mark your calendar!

Sierra Health Foundation's REACH youth program will sponsor its second youth conference July 9 in Sacramento. At last summer's conference, nearly 350 enthusiastic youth and adults spent an energizing day learning from each other and invited guests about creating a positive environment for youth in our communities. We expect another great event this year. Details and registration information for this year's conference will be posted on the Sierra Health and REACH Web sites as they become available.

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Partnership forms to address Sacramento indigent care

According to the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), approximately 179,000 children and adults in Sacramento County were uninsured for all or part of 2005. Of these, about 35,000 were children and 144,000 were nonelderly adults.

A new coalition is emerging in Sacramento focused on improving health care for the uninsured residents of the community. Coalition members include medical providers, community clinics, hospital systems, health advocates and government agencies, among others. Sierra Health, The California Endowment, the California HealthCare Foundation, the Sacramento Region Community Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation are supporting the group. The coalition will meet regularly at Sierra Health to develop a plan to accomplish its vision of “a system of quality coordinated care and a ‘medical home’ for each of Sacramento's vulnerable residents.”

For more information on this effort, contact Julie Aguilar Rogado at Health Rights Hotline,

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Organizational Assessment grantees announced

Eight nonprofit organizations in Northern California have each been awarded a $10,000 grant by Sierra Health to conduct an in-depth assessment of their organization's infrastructure and systems. Each grantee organization will then develop a capacity building action plan based on the assessment results. These grants offer an organization the opportunity to examine assets and challenges in nine organizational areas, resulting in a plan that will be designed to strengthen the organization at all levels. The newest Organizational Assessment grantees are: While Sierra Health remains committed to strengthening organizations through capacity building efforts, this commitment will take a new form going forward. Watch Sierra Health's Web site and read upcoming issues of Partnerships for information.

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Researchers from the Urban Institute's Retirement Project examine the potential of the 76 million-strong baby boom generation to become willing and able volunteers as they approach retirement age in three new research briefs available for download:

Will Retiring Boomers Form a New Army of Volunteers?

Retaining Older Volunteers Is Key to Meeting Future Volunteer Needs

Are We Taking Full Advantage of Older Adults' Potential?

The discussion paper Volunteer Transitions among Older Americans, by Barbara Butrica, Richard Johnson and Sheila Zedlewski, is a companion piece to the three briefs. 

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