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Health Care Statement

At Cal Wellness, we believe that health care is a human right, and we are deeply committed to all Californians having access to health services.



A Message From the Board of The California Wellness Foundation

Health care is in the news again and the stakes are higher than ever. What happens in Washington will have a direct impact on the health and wellness of millions of Californians. We need to pay attention.

At Cal Wellness, we believe that health care is a human right, and we are deeply committed to all Californians having access to health services. That’s why, for the past 25 years, we have provided grants to support organizations who fight for access to care, as well as those that provide health care services.

Like many Californians, we see the benefits of both Covered California and Medi-Cal, two key government programs that have been hugely beneficial in the lives of so many women, men and children in this state. Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the number of uninsured people has dropped to 7.1 percent in California, an all-time low. Life-saving services, including pre- and post-natal care, emergency room visits, and preventative screenings and vaccines are now provided as benefits. We hope that the health of all people continues to be a top priority for everyone in the state and nation.

Judy Belk, President and CEO
Debra Nakatomi, Board Chair

Board of Directors

  • Joseph M. Lumarda, Vice Chair
  • Elisabeth Hallman, Board Secretary
  • M. Isabel Becerra
  • Xochitl Castaneda
  • Arnold X.C. Perkins
  • Pamela J. Simms-Mackey, M.D.
  • Ernest J. Wilson III


Join Us in Advancing and Defending Wellness

Our collective voices and actions have the power to achieve real change. In the days and months ahead, we invite you to join us as we Advance and Defend Wellness. We’ll be sharing statements on what we stand for, how we’re working toward our mission and why it’s so important to defend the progress we’ve made together. We hope you’ll join us and share how you advance and defend wellness.

Please share your Advance and Defend Wellness statements in the comments here or post them on Twitter using the hashtag #AdvanceAndDefend.

Our Work

  • We use our resources to advance our mission through grantmaking, investments, sharing our learning and lifting our voice.
  • We fund direct services that address the urgent needs people are facing in their communities, particularly the needs of low-income individuals, people of color, youth and residents of rural areas.
  • We recognize, encourage and strengthen leaders to be powerful agents of change.
  • We support advocacy and civic engagement so that communities can build power and create public policies that reflect their vision, will and needs.
  • We trust and invest in nonprofit organizations so that they can operate at full capacity.
  • We partner with community-led organizations, philanthropic organizations, businesses, government and individuals who want to improve health and wellness for Californians.

Our Mission

To protect and improve the health and wellness of the people of California by increasing access to health care, quality education, good jobs, healthy environments and safe neighborhoods.

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