2021 Grantees

2021 Community Health & Outreach Grant Award Summary

Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento Market has awarded $959,792 in community grants to fifteen collaborative proposals across Sacramento, Yolo and Nevada counties for Calendar Year 2021.

In Sacramento County, $799,980 in community grants have been awarded to eleven partnerships:

1. CREER En Tu Salud (Believe in your Health): CREER En Tu Salud is a culturally appropriate program that bridges the access gap between Latino/a adults and the health, dental, vision, nutrition, behavioral and social supports that are often inaccessible to them. Through the partnership, Promotores triage, connect, case manage and support adults in the Northwest and Northeast regions of Sacramento to reduce the access gaps to (1) quality health care; (2) mental/behavioral services and (3) basic needs.

Lead Organization: Latino Leadership Council
Collaborators: United Latinos (UL), Stanford Settlement Neighborhood Center (SSNC), Gardenland Natomas Neighborhood Association (GNNA), Elica Health Center

2. Proactive and Healthy Living Project: The project will educate the Hmong and Iu-Mien community, including their health care providers, on a variety of health related areas and topics to improve the concerning health status and disparity in both communities.

Lead Organization: Hmong Youth & Parents United
Collaborators: Iu-Mien Community Services (IMCS), Hmong Nurses Association (HNA)

3. My Mom, My 1st Teacher: This program provides intensive case management, housing, focused educational programming, community support, and wrap around services to commercially sexually exploited pregnant women and at-risk transition aged young women to improve the long-term health and well-being of families in our community.

Lead Organization: Community against Sexual Harm (CASH)
Collaborators: Bishop Gallegos Maternity Home, City of Refuge

4. #RAGE Healing: #RAGE Healing serves to increase the capacity of a youth-driven community wellness hub to provide individual support and increase youth-led healing practices (peer-to-peer support) both virtually and in-person. Project components include: Direct healing services, development of a RAGE Healing Youth Collaborative (including building capacity among youth social entrepreneurs) and Training & Trauma Stewardship for those serving Black youth.

Lead Organization: The Race and Gender Equity Project
Collaborators: RoccSolid Logistics,Sacramento Unified School District (SCUSD) Foster Youth Services (FYS), and Monroe Howard Transformational Coaching

5. Salud Con Dignidad en Comunidad: Connects and navigates low-income, under-insured/uninsured, predominantly Latino, Sacramento youth and residents with health education and social service resources. SCD will utilize a holistic, coordinated-care approach to well-being by providing behavioral health, COVID education and prevention, health education, youth engagement and leadership development services, but will also include access to primary, vision, and oral health services.

Lead Organization: La Familia Counseling Center, Inc. (LFCC)
Collaborators: Latino Coalition for Healthy California (LCHC), Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC), and David Nylund, PhD

6. Education, Response and Access (ERA): ERA is a collaborative program, directly addressing the challenges faced by communities, individuals, and health centers due to the opioid epidemic. ERA responds to the challenges of navigating the often confusing systems of care by providing wraparound services: case management, transportation, overdose prevention training, individual and group counseling, medical/benefits navigation and expedited entrance into MAT. ERA acts as a bridge program stabilizing individuals in their recovery until they decide which long-term program they will enter.

Lead Organization: Harm Reduction Services
Collaborators: Lighthouse of Hopeful Hearts, Safer Alternatives through Networking and Education (SANE).

7. Keeping Communities Connected Together!: This is a collaborative effort to bring health, wellness, and continued learning to 350 new Sacramento youth and families. This program aims to be a comprehensive health and wellness program serving low-income and at-risk communities who need us the most.

Lead Organization: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento
Collaborators: Always Knocking, Inc., Impact Sac, Sacramento State University- School of Psychology

8. Innovative Pilot to address Methamphetamine Use in the Homeless Population: This pilot program offers greater access to essential mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services for the homeless or those at risk for homelessness and addresses head-on the methamphetamine epidemic that is ravaging our community.

Lead Organization: Hope Cooperative
Collaborators: Well Space Health and Loaves and Fishes

9. Truth Sets you free: Healing our Neighborhood of Generational Trauma, Stigma and Shame: Neighborhood Wellness Foundation (NWF) will build a structural framework for a mental wellness program that is culturally engaging, relevant and sustainable by addressing adverse childhood experiences (ACES) at the base by leveraging our generational roots (4-6 decades) in 95838/95815. We will teach families the impact of ACES on health outcomes through healing circles with mental/physical activity learning tools. The impact is improvement in disease management, violence suppression, and educational attachment.

Lead Organization: Neighborhood Wellness Foundation (NWF)
Collaborators: Jubilare Evangelistic Ministries (JEM), Del Paso Union Baptist Church, and Sacramento Regional Family Justice Center (SRFJC)


10. Behavioral Health Recuperative Care: Supporting clients’ needs and building community capacity through collaboration: This pilot program provides recuperative care for clients experiencing homelessness that also have a behavioral health diagnosis, with housing and supportive services for approximately 10-15 people over the course of one year.

Lead Organization: Sacramento Covered
Collaborators: Sacramento Native American Health Center (SNAHC), and Legal Services of Northern California


11. FEAST (Food Exploration and School Transformation): The FEAST objective is to create a full circle connection for students in which they can grow their food, consume healthy produce at home, and learn to cook or prepare this food, and practice healthy habits with their families.

Lead Organization: Food Literacy Center
Collaborators: Soil Born Farms and Health Education Council

In Yolo County, $87,133 in community grants has been awarded to two collaborative proposals:

1. Mercy Resource Station: Mercy Resource Station will provide daily meals and weekly food boxes to the West Sacramento individuals experiencing homelessness who are currently housed by the City of West Sacramento through Project Room key. Additionally, weekly food boxes to those unable to attend local food distributions due to health or financial reasons. The furniture distribution system will provide necessary home supplies for families and individuals transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing.

Lead Organization: Mercy Coalition of West Sacramento
Collaborators: City of West Sacramento, Yolo Food Bank, Society of St. Vincent De Paul (Our Lady of Grace Conference), and Center for Spiritual Awareness

2. Family Engagement and Wellness Initiative: This collaborative effort will address multiple priority health issues impacting disadvantaged residents in Woodland Memorial Hospitals focus communities. This initiative will assist and strengthen families in crisis and transition, many of whom are at risk for child abuse and neglect by providing trauma-informed education and counsel, direct access to resources, wellness and food security referrals, and facilitating lasting peer-to-peer support networks.

Lead Organization: Yolo Crisis Nursery
Collaborators: Stanford Sierra Youth & Families, and Yolo County Children’s Alliance


In Nevada County, $72,679 in community grants has been awarded to two collaborative proposals:

1. Bright Horizons Health and Wellness Project: This project provides access to mental and physical health services as well as wellness education and nutrition therapy in order to improve the health status of youth as they progress.

Lead Organization: Bright Futures for Youth
Collaborators: Sierra Family Therapy and Interfaith Food Ministry

2. Patient Transportation Gas Card Program: This program reduces the barrier of transportation cost to those with little means to get to the Sierra Family Health  Center for regular healthcare visits.

Lead Organization: Sierra Family Health Center
Collaborators: North San Juan Community Center (NSJCC), and Nevada County Behavioral Health