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Health Leadership Program Class VII celebrates graduation

Family, friends and colleagues joined 26 Health Leadership Class VII fellows to celebrate their success as they graduated on April 4 at Sierra Health Foundation. A joyful exuberance marked the ceremony and following reception. In comments to the graduates, President Chet Hewitt stated that Sierra Health Foundation has high expectations of these outstanding individuals as they continue their work as leaders dedicated to improving health and quality of life in their communities.

Guest speaker Anthony Iton, director and public health officer of the Alameda County Public Health Department, gave a powerful presentation to guests and graduates on the causes of disparities in health across communities. Dr. Iton was an advisor to and is featured in the PBS documentary series Unnatural Causes, which explores racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health.

Representing her fellow Class VII graduates, Lourdes Gonzalez spoke eloquently about the program as an inspiring, rewarding and transforming experience. She also expressed gratitude to USC and Sierra Health on behalf of her colleagues for this valuable opportunity.

The Health Leadership alumni, represented by Wendy Greene (Class III) and Bob Herne (Class IV), invited the Class VII graduates to join the alumni network and continue their leadership learning. Since 2001, 182 health and social service professionals have successfully completed the Health Leadership Program.

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Applications for Health Leadership Class VIII due June 30

Sierra Health Foundation is accepting applications for the next Health Leadership Program class, which begins in October. This six-month, intensive course is open to leaders of nonprofit organizations and agencies whose mission is dedicated to improving health and quality of life in Northern California communities. We encourage those who are ready to strengthen their leadership skills and achieve personal and professional growth to consider joining a dynamic group of like-minded professionals in the Health Leadership Program.

The curriculum, delivered by the USC School of Policy, Planning and Development and the Marshall School of Business, is designed to develop highly skilled, motivated and effective leaders who will use what they gain from the course to strengthen their organizations and communities.

The ideal candidate:
  • is an executive director or manager of a nonprofit organization or local or county public entity within Sierra Health's 26-county funding region,
  • supervises at least three individuals during the course of the program,
  • is committed to continued service in the public or nonprofit sectors,
  • is interested in expanding their impact beyond their organization and
  • is passionate about health, social services and public service.
The brochure and application, with eligibility requirements and information about the program, are available on Sierra Health's Web site. Applications are due to Sierra Health by noon on June 30.

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Program Improvement grants to fund 10 capital-region youth projects

Through projects including a youth soccer league in Woodland and anti-bullying campaigns in Placerville, youth and their adult allies will create positive opportunities for young people in their communities with Program Improvement grants, recently awarded by Sierra Health Foundation.

Since the REACH youth program began in early 2006, Sierra Health has awarded 54 Program Improvement grants — totaling $525,000 — to nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of youth programs in the capital region. We're pleased to announce the following 10 recent grant recipients: For more information about Program Improvement grants and to read descriptions of funded programs and projects, visit Sierra Health's REACH Web site.

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Applications for REACH Program Improvement grants due May 15

REACH Program Improvement grants are available to nonprofit organizations that work with youth ages 10 to 15 in the California Capital Region. Grants up to $10,000 are awarded to improve the quality of youth programs or increase the number of youth who participate in quality programs.

Applications for the next grant cycle are due to Sierra Health Foundation by noon on May 15. This will be the last REACH Program Improvement grant cycle in 2008. Applicants are required to have participated in a proposers' conference call within 12 months of the application due date. More information and application materials are available on Sierra Health's REACH Web site.

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Community and business leaders pledge support for youth jobs

In an effort to increase the number of employment opportunities available to local youth, Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo and Assemblymember Dave Jones hosted a Youth Employer Breakfast on April 21 at Sierra Health Foundation. The 65 community and business leaders in attendance learned about the importance and benefits of employing youth, and were given an opportunity to commit to hiring youth or sponsoring youth jobs through the Sacramento Works for Youth Summer JOBS Initiative.

Led by Sacramento Area Congregations Together, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency and the City of Sacramento Office of Youth Development, the youth jobs initiative began last year to recruit, train and find summer employment for youth who have limited access to employment opportunities due to lack of social networks, available resources or job readiness skills. Young people ages 16 to 21 attend five pre-employment training sessions to learn how to apply and interview for a job, and receive training in areas such as conflict resolution, employer expectations and work ethics. Upon completion, youth candidates are guaranteed an interview with a local employer. Last year, 90 youth completed the training and 60 were successful in finding employment, according to Diane Hollins-Gunning from Sacramento Area Congregations Together.

Myesha Perry, a graduate of the 2007 Summer Works for Youth, talked about her experience in the program. “I learned many valuable things, such as how to make a cover letter, a resume and even how to dress properly,” Perry said. “Thanks to this program and all the people who support it, youth like myself without parental support can get good jobs. This program gives hope to us in our community to try harder.”

According to Sierra Health Foundation President Chet Hewitt, educating young people and giving them opportunities to get on a career path is critical to maintaining social and economic health. Hewitt joined other employers in pledging to provide summer jobs for youth. “If you're an employer who is committed to Sacramento and you think our social and economic health are important to invest in, this is something you should be involved in,” Hewitt said.

For more information about Sacramento Works for Youth, call (916) 274-1019.

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