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Humanitarian CrisisA Humanitarian Crisis: Supporting the Health of Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Unaccompanied by adults, hundreds of teenagers and younger children are illegally crossing the U.S. border daily, desperately seeking refuge from chronic poverty and escalating violence in their Central American countries.

Active in addressing the needs of underserved populations since its founding in 1992, The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) is making grants to nonprofit organizations and supporting joint philanthropic efforts in the state to address the immediate health needs of migrant children apprehended along the border. The Foundation is also studying how it can best respond to the long-term needs of the children and their families. More.

Resources on Migration of Unaccompanied Children from Central America

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees and Hispanics in Philanthropy
Unaccompanied Children Migrating to the United States: Resources for Philanthropy.

Hispanics in Philanthropy
“Philanthropy Must Step Up Action to Help Children Crossing the Border”
Commentary by Diana Campoamor, President, Hispanics in Philanthropy.

The Opportunity Agenda
Talking About Unaccompanied Refugee Children Fleeing Harm.

City of Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium

Casa Cornelia Law Center

Immigration Policy Center
Unaccompanied Children: A Resource Page

Women’s Refugee Commission
Unaccompanied Children

New American Media

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Children on the Run: Unaccompanied Children Leaving Central America and Mexico and the Need for International Protection”

Catholic Charities of California, Inc.

California Community Foundation
Our Children Relief Fund

Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project


Philanthropy News Digest
Fund Created to Help Meet Humanitarian Needs of Unaccompanied Minors (August 8, 2014)

Los Angeles Times
L.A. Groups Form Emergency Relief Fund to Help Immigrant Children (August 7, 2014)

Southern California Grantmakers
Unaccompanied Immigrant Children: Understanding the Crisis Panel (August 25, 2014)



News Releases and Opinion Editorials

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In the News

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Obama Asks for $3.7 Billion to Aid Border
The New York Times July 8, 2014

Medi-Cal Matters for Former Foster Youth: Jasmine’s Story
Children Now’s Coveredtil26 July 2014

82 Shot, 14 Killed in Chicago Over July 4th: Time for Nonprofits to Demand Gun Control
Nonprofit Quarterly July 7, 2014

Navy Shelter Serves More Than 1,100 Immigrant Children in First Month
Ventura County Star July 3, 2014

Finding a Nursing Home When You Don’t Speak the Language
The California Report (KQED-FM) July 2, 2014

Immigrant Advocates Call on Obama to Be Brave and Swift
New America Media July 1, 2014

Advocate Shows Autistic People How to Have Safe Encounters with Police
Los Angeles Times June 30, 2014

Leaders Don’t Grow On Trees…They Grow at CRLA!
California Rural Legal Assistance June 30, 2014
Directories of Doctors Who Treat the Poor Are Inaccurate, Hurting Access
California Health Report June 29, 2014
Fixing the Disconnect Between Medicare and Medicaid to Serve the Most Vulnerable Americans
PBS NewsHour June 27, 2014
The Best Reporting on Children with Post-Traumatic Stress
ProPublica June 24, 2014
Autism Risk Much Higher for Children of Pregnant Women Living Near Agricultural Pesticide Areas

Newsweek June 23, 2014
Tedx Goes to Prison
MotherJones June 23, 2014
Despite Need, Indigenous Farmworkers Have Little Access to Mental Health Services in California
California Health Report June 15, 2014
A City That Pays Criminals to Behave
Aljazeera America June 6, 2014
Teen Birth Rate Fell by 9% in California From 2011-2012
California Healthline June 6, 2014

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Los Angeles Recidivism Reduction Pilot Program
Highland Community News May 8, 2014

Mortality Drop Seen to Follow ’06 Health Law
The New York Times May 5, 2014

Lights, Camera, Philanthropy
Stanford Social Innovation Review May 2, 2014

Funding Reopens Dental Services to Low-Income Patients
San Francisco Chronicle May 2, 2014

Report Identifies 48 Schools Near Pesticide Use in Sacramento, Yolo Counties
The Sacramento Bee May 1, 2014

A Late Rush to Sign Up for Insurance
The New York Times May 1, 2014

Report: Murder Rate for Hispanics Double That of Whites
Tucson News Now April 30, 2014

Obamacare in Jail: How San Francisco Policy Helps Inmates
“The California Report” on KQED-FM April 30, 2014

A Clinic Serving All, Inspired By Islam
California Health Report April 30, 2014

L.A., Central Valley Have Worst Air Quality, American Lung Assn. Says
Los Angeles Times April 29, 2014

Models for Juvenile Justice Schools
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange April 28, 2014

ACA Offers Critical Support for Foster Kids
California Health Report April 28, 2014

As Health Falters, LGBT Seniors Face Stark Housing Choices
New America Media April 26, 2014

Yes, California Leads in Obamacare – But the Marathon is Just Beginning
“The California Report” on KQED-FM April 26, 2014

Free Health Care Clinics Fill Gaps in Bay Area
San Francisco Chronicle April 24, 2014

Researcher Gives $1 Million to His Own Work on Gun Violence
The Chronicle of Philanthropy April 24, 2014

Millions More Calif. Residents to Gain ACA Coverage, Experts Say
California Healthline April 24, 2014

Fresno Ranks No. 1 on California Pollution List
Los Angeles Times April 23, 2014

New Map Could Refocus State’s Pollution Battles
Los Angeles Times April 22, 2014

L.A.’s Rocking a New Healthcare Culture
The New America Foundation April 21, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Nears 1.4 Million in California Exchange
Los Angeles Times April 17, 2014

Calif. Medical Center Offers Cure to Indigenous Language Barrier
“Morning Edition” on NPR April 9, 2014

Former Inmate Speaks Out Against U.S. ‘Commitment’ to Mass Incarceration
“PBS Newshour” April 2, 2014

Can the Children of Watts Change Their Troubled Hood?
LA Weekly April 10, 2014

Judy Belk Appointed as CEO of The California Wellness Foundation
Oakland Post April 8, 2014
Rand’s Obamacare Stats: 9.3 Million New Insureds, and Counting
Los Angeles Times April 8, 2014
Fear of Penalty a Reason for Obamacare’s  Late Surge in California
Los Angeles Times April 4, 2014

Covered CA: 500k More Apps on Tap
U-T San Diego April 3, 2014

California gives further reprieve for Obamacare sign-ups
Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2014

Covered California Q&A: Is Monday Still the Deadline to Enroll?
Los Angeles Times March 27, 2014
People Post: Foundation Staff and Board Member News; Job Openings
Health Affairs Grant Watch Blog March 26, 2014
U.S. Announces Further Exemptions for Insurance Enrollment Deadline
The New York Times March 26, 2014

Bringing Legitimacy – And Money – to San Diego Street Outreach Workers
KPBS Public Broadcasting March 25, 2014

Final Countdown to Covered California Deadline
Annenberg TV News March 24, 2014
California Board Votes to Maintain Better Worker’s Right-to-Know
ScienceBlogs March 24, 2014
State to Send Voter Registration Cards to Obamacare Applicants
Los Angeles Times March 24, 2014

Insurance Agents Drive High Asian Enrollment on Covered California
The California Report (KQED-FM) March 23, 2014
Covered California Deadline Approaching
KTXL FOX40 March 20, 2014

Philanthropic Leader Appointed First African American Woman President and
CEO of The California Wellness Foundation March 20, 2014
Obamacare FAQ: Options for Immigrant
The California Report (KQED-FM) March 19, 2014
Administration Plays to Young in Health Push
The New York Times March 19, 2014
Homeless Are Hesitant to Use Medi-Cal
California Health Report March 19, 2014
Community Clinics Push Enrollment in Covered California As Deadline Approaches
KPS Public Broadcasting March 17, 2014

Covered Calif. Plans to Boost Outreach to Latinos, Youth
California Healthline March 17, 2014
Covered California Hits Million Sign-Ups for Health Care Coverage
Sacramento Business Journal March 17, 2014
Thousands of Young California Immigrants Eligible for Coverage
-- Though Often They Don’t Know It
Kaiser Health News March 17, 2014
Time Running Out to Enroll in Covered California Health Plan
The Fresno Bee March 15, 2014
Protestors Rally at Capitol to End Fracking
KTXL FOX40 March 15, 2014
Nearly 1 Million Residents Sign Up With Covered California as Health Care Deadline Looms
Los Angeles Daily News March 13, 2014
Warning Signs: How Pesticides Harm the Young Brain
The Nation. March 11, 2014

New Foundation Leader to Focus on Those Who Lack Health Care
The Chronicle of Philanthropy March 10, 2014 Editor’s Note: The original version of this article incorrectly states that Cole Wilbur is TCWF’s “interim executive director.” Please note that Mr. Wilbur is interim president and CEO. This article posted with permission from the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Judy Belk Appointed First African American Woman President and CEO of
The California Wellness Foundation

EUR/Electronic Urban Report March 7, 2014

Covered California Central Valley Enrollment Numbers Through January 31, 2014 Increases 56%
December 31, 2013

Sierra Sun Times March 5, 2014

San Diego Exceeds Covered California Enrollment Goal
KPBS March 4, 2014

Los Angeles County Residents Surpass Projected Enrollment into Covered California Health Exchange
Los Angeles Daily News March 4, 2014

Local Hero: Ann Reiss Lane
KCET March 2014

Hard Times Drive California’s Adult Kids to Return Home, Study Finds
Ventura County Star February 27, 2014

Oakland Doctor Shares Teen Stories of Suffering and Resiliency Amidst Violence
The California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships (USC Annenberg School) February 26, 2014

Camp Kilpatrick, an Acclaimed Youth Sports Program, is Sidelined
Los Angeles Times February 24, 2014

Alameda County Blazes Trail for Obamacare
California Health Report February 17, 2014

Is Treasure Island Toxic? Residents’ Worries Grow
San Francisco Chronicle February 16, 2014

Paramount Residents Not Alone in Pollution Fight
Los Angeles Times February 15, 2014

States Struggle to Add Latinos to Health Rolls
The New York Times February 13, 2014

Project Targets Juvenile Justice Reforms
U-T San Diego February 12, 2014

Some 27,000 Sacramentans Sign Up for Health Care Via Covered California
Sacramento News & Review February 6, 2014

When Your Parent is the State, It’s Tough to Stay Insured
Los Angeles Daily News February 3, 2014

San Bernardino County Last in State in Covered California Sign-Ups
The Sun February 3, 2014

Vallejo Schools Target 'Crossover Youth' with $400,000 Grant
Vallejo Times Herald January 29, 2014

Homeboy Industries, A Success Story, Still Faces a Daily Struggle
Los Angeles Times January 25, 2014

A Menacing Air in the Central Valley
Los Angeles Times January 24, 2014

Covered California Adopts Pediatric Dental Policy
Sacramento Business Journal January 24, 2014

More Collaboration Needed to Fix Higher Education, Experts Say
Los Angeles Times January 23, 2014

Big Surge in Statewide Health Sign-Ups
Orange County Register January 22, 2014

Advocates for Workers Raise the Ire of Business
New York Times January 16, 2014

Former Youth Inmate Overcomes the Impossible to Run for California State Assembly
Juvenile Justice Information Exchange January 12, 2014

Activist at Vanguard of Restaurant Workers’ Rights
San Francisco Chronicle January 11, 2014

Making Nail Salons Healthier for Workers, Clients
San Francisco Chronicle January 7, 2014

Students Gather Data to Identify Workplace Issues
Register-Pajaronian January 6, 2014

Christmas at the Salvation Army
Highland Community News January 2, 2014

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