Healthcare Foundation 2018 Grants and Initiatives
The Healthcare Foundation makes its grants in December of each year, normally. As of September 2018, the Foundation has granted more than $700,000 to commitments for the Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative - an initiative of the Healthcare Foundation and many partners to provide free, bilingual mental health services to wildfire survivors.
This year, our other grantmaking will be announced toward the end of 2018. Check back for more details in early December.
Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative Grants
The Healthcare Foundation received grants to support the strategies of the Wildfire Mental Health Collaborative to help people in our community recover from the mental trauma of the Sonoma county wildfires. Approximately $1.2 million was raised to provide free bilingual services to residents. The largest donors included:
$450,000 Grant from Tipping Point Community Emergency Relief Fund
$200,000 Grant from Community Foundation Sonoma County Resilience Fund
$100,000 Grant from the Redwood Credit Union Community fund
$50,000 Grant from Constellation Brands
$40,000 Grant from The Dreaming Tree Wines
John Jordan Foundation Grant
The John Jordan Foundation grant of $50,000 for three years and our matching funds were used in the first year (2018) to save critical mental health programs in north county public school after Sonoma County’s devastating cuts to mental health services. These services reach at-risk youth and parents in programs designed to prevent more serious truancy, improve school performance and family dynamics.
Mental Health Talent Pipeline
In 2018, the Healthcare Foundation awarded Luigi Valencia with its first Mental Health Talent Pipeline Grant. This grant keeps talented bilingual/bicultural mental health professionals in northern Sonoma County serving clinics and schools where they are needed most. Launched in 2017, this fund, provided by three major donors, has increased to more than $170,000. In 2019, the number of mental health professionals receiving support has increased to five.
Salud! Health Expos
These free health fairs, sponsored by the Healthcare Foundation took place in Healdsburg and Windsor in 2018 and featured free health screenings, dental screenings, local nonprofit services and healthy activity demonstrations such as Zumba and Qi gong. Participants received hearing, vision and blood pressure checks, as well as nutritional and educational information.
Early Childhood Development
In 2018, the HF began its work in the new area of early childhood development. The HF set a goal for all children in north county to be kindergarten ready by 2015. The first grant made was a three-year commitment of $50,000 for capacity-building grants to early childhood development providers that were selected as part of a cohort to receive capacity building support. The HF partnered with First 5 Sonoma County and the Community Foundation Sonoma County in creating this supportive program.
The HF recently launched a Healdsburg Early Childhood Council to begin convening the community to address the critical issue of so few children in Healdsburg being ready to enter kindergarten.