Partnerships January 2023
Happy new year!
This year, the Sierra Health Foundation and The Center are focused on ensuring that community-based nonprofits and underserved communities have the assistance they need to participate in and benefit from recovery focused initiatives. We are honored to take up this charge.

One month into 2023 and it’s clear that public investments are shifting from responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to recovering from it. The shift will happen simultaneously at the local, state and national levels. The impending funding reductions across a broad array of public services will significantly impact the health and well-being of communities across California. 
Mourning Tyre Nichols
Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation and CEO of The Center, issued this statement after viewing the Memphis Police Department’s body camera footage that showed the deadly actions that took the life of Sacramento native Tyre Nichols:

“Tyre Nichols was a son of Sacramento. I’m sad and angry at the callous indifference I saw in the video of his murder. Still, I know that my grief pales in comparison to what his mother and family feel..."
Foundation with Hope and Heal Fund Op-Ed

"There is no future in funding paradigms that favor law enforcement responses to public health problems. There is one in sufficiently funding communities – and it’s a safe and equitable future. Californians deserve that."

There have been three mass shootings in three days in California.

We grieve with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community of Monterey Park and the families whose loved ones were murdered or injured celebrating the Lunar New Year. Our hearts are with the farmworkers in Half Moon Bay who lost neighbors. Our condolences are with the many injured in Oakland and the family of the young man who died.

Thoughts are not enough, we know.
Community partners honor life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Black Child Legacy Campaign (BCLC) honored Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through sponsorship, participation and leadership of gatherings throughout Sacramento neighborhoods in early January.

In North Sacramento, BCLC partners including the Roberts Family Development Center led a neighborhood march and resource fair.

In South Sacramento, the Rose Family Creative Empowerment Center led a caravan and community fair.

Hundreds of neighborhood residents attended these events to celebrate the life and legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with their beloved communities. 
MBK Sacramento Mentoring Matters Program Share a Meal
In recognition of National Mentoring Month, MBK Sacramento gathered boys and men of color ages 14-24 from across Sacramento to dine with their mentor. The event drew 50 people.

For the first time ever, MBK Sacramento Mentoring Matters Video, co-created by MBK Youth Fellowship Cohort 4 was released. Mentors and mentees had the chance to network with other boys and men of color from throughout the region and engage in brotherhood topic talks relevant to their lives. The discussion topics ranged from manhood, overcoming obstacles/stereotypes and a youth panel speaking to the power of mentorship. Marcus Strother CEO of MENTOR CA also shared national and statewide impacts of mentoring along with offering technical assistance for mentoring organizations.

Raffle prizes were awarded and attendees had the opportunity to connect with My Brother’s Keep Sacramento opportunities. 
Elevate Youth California Supporting Capacity Building for Community Organizations
With grants up to $400,000 over two and a half years, Elevate Youth California’s Supporting Capacity Building for Community Organizations funding will strengthen the capacity of emerging grassroots community-based organizations and Tribal organizations throughout California to use community-based programs and practices for substance use disorder prevention among youth ages 12 to 26. Applications are due by Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. PT.
For more information and to apply visit the Elevate Youth California website. 
Join Sierra Health Foundation for a reception and discussion of Cultivation of the Heart on February 9th from 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

Julius Thibodeaux-Hasan (author and director of Movement 4 Life) and Scott Budnick (founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and CEO of 1Community) will join Chet P. Hewitt and our guests to reflect on the urgency of reforming the carceral system, the power of centering people with lived experience in finding solutions and the hope we must have for our youth.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the Eventbrite invitation.

The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, community partners and elected officials will gather for this annual event to highlight the community-driven agenda for the San Joaquin Valley.

Together, a space will be created for community leaders, nonprofit leaders and elected representatives to come together and talk about what matters to San Joaquin Valley residents.
Visit our Equity on the Mall page to learn more! 
Sean Dewan, General Accountant

Madyson Taylor, Communications Associate
*Former Executive Assistant to Chet P. Hewitt
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