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This is The California Wellness Foundation’s news archive. In this section can be found a listing of the Cal Wellness’ news releases, followed by a listing of opinion editorials and other news items. Also, visit our Leadership section for news, photos and multilingual media resources on community leaders who are making a difference in the wellness of underserved Californians.

News Releases and Alerts

June 14, 2017

 

DentaQuest Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation to Co-Fund New Oral Health Initiative

California – The DentaQuest Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation today jointly announce their funding for the new California Oral Health Network. The Network will rally and unify diverse stakeholders committed to aligning on local, state, and regional health promotion efforts, while supporting implementation of the California Department of Public Health’s State Oral Health Plan.

April 4, 2017

 

The California Wellness Foundation Invests More Than $6 Million to Advance and Defend Wellness

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation today announced an initial round of more than $6 million in grants as part of a focused response to threats to the well-being of Californians in the nation’s rapidly changing political and social landscape. Cal Wellness also announced a mission-related investment initiative and a public affairs campaign to further its goals to protect and promote health and wellness.

January 10, 2017

 

Cal Wellness’ Board Elects New Leadership

Woodland Hills (CA) – The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation has elected Debra Nakatomi as chair and Joe Lumarda as vice chair. They assumed their new roles on January 1. Elisabeth Hallman continues to serve as Board secretary.  

January 10, 2017

 

The California Wellness Foundation Awards Nearly $6.3 Million in Recent Grants

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation announced its awards of nearly $6.3 million in grants made during the fourth quarter of 2016. A total of 33 grants were approved to organizations focused on advancing wellness in California.

October 20, 2016

 

New Report Finds Many Californians Live in Unhealthy Communities

Woodland Hills (CA) – The very places that should feel healthy and safe – homes and neighborhoods – don’t for many Californians. A new report released today finds one third of Californians consider their communities unhealthy places to live. Among low-income residents, that number is nearly half.

October 7, 2016

 

The California Wellness Foundation Awards Nearly $8.3 Million During Third Quarter

Woodland Hills (CA) –The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) announced its awards of nearly $8.3 million in grants made during the third quarter of the year. A total of 60 grants were approved to organizations focused on advancing wellness in California.

July 5, 2016

 

The California Wellness Foundation Awards Nearly $8.3 Million During Second Quarter

Woodland Hills (CA) –The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) announced its awards of nearly $8.3 million in grants made during the second quarter of the year. The grants approved went to 39 organizations focused on advancing wellness in California.

March 30, 2016

 

Cal Wellness Announces Nearly $2.4 Million in Grants

The California Wellness Foundation announced today that it approved approximately $2.4 million in funding in the first quarter of 2016 under its Advancing Wellness grants program. The two largest grants support the promotion of health equity through the collection and dissemination of health data.

February 22, 2016

 

Richard Tate Joins Cal Wellness as Vice President of Public Affairs

Richard Tate has been named vice president of public affairs at The California Wellness Foundation, effective March 7. In this new role, Tate will oversee the creation of a new Public Affairs Department at Cal Wellness, which will consolidate the Foundation’s communications, community relations and public policy functions. He will report directly to President and CEO Judy Belk and serve on the Foundation’s senior management team.

December 16, 2015

 

$10.3 Million in Grants Recently Approved by Cal Wellness

In the fourth quarter of 2015, The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) approved 49 grants totaling $10.3 million under the Foundation’s Advancing Wellness program. The grantees are diverse in their characteristics, but they share a common trait: each contributes to the goal of health equity.

November 4, 2015

 

Seasoned Leaders From Bay Area Join Cal Wellness’ Board

Woodland Hills (CA) – The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) announced today the election of three new members: Xóchitl Castañeda, Arnold X.C. Perkins and Pamela J. Simms-Mackey, M.D., FAAP. Their Board service will begin in January of 2016.

September 24, 2015

 

Cal Wellness Demonstrates Commitment to Health Equity for California’s Diverse Communities, Including Immigrants and Native Americans

The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) concluded its first year under the Advancing Wellness grants program with the Board approving 33 grants at its September 2015 meeting, totaling $8 million.

September 11, 2015

 

Cal Wellness Announces New Management in Finance, Operations and Human Resources

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) has appointed management staff who will help to lead the Finance and Operations Department and the Human Resources Department.

July 20, 2015

 

Ernest J. Wilson III Joins Cal Wellness’ Board of Directors

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation’s (Cal Wellness) Board of Directors elected a new member, Ernest J. Wilson III, who is Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California, a professor of political science and a faculty fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. His service is effective immediately.

June 16, 2015

 

$7.4 Million in Grants Approved at Cal Wellness’ June Board Meeting

At its June 2015 meeting, The California Wellness Foundation’s (Cal Wellness) Board of Directors approved 38 grants totaling $7.4 million. As the third docket under the Advancing Wellness grants program, funding supports Cal Wellness’ commitment to help “level the playing field” so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods, educational opportunities and quality health care services.

May 7, 2015

 

New Board Chair and Vice Chair Take Helm at Cal Wellness

Woodland Hills (CA) – The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) has elected Elizabeth (Liz) M. Gomez as chair and M. Isabel Becerra as vice chair.

March 24, 2015

 

Nearly $9.5 Million in Grants Approved at Cal Wellness’ March Board Meeting

At its March 2015 meeting, the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) approved 75 grants totaling almost $9.5 million. As the second docket under the Advancing Wellness grants program, funding supports Cal Wellness’ commitment to addressing health disparities and promoting equity through advocacy and access. Grants were approved under all four portfolios and allocated throughout California, specifically for geographic regions and communities that have high levels of need and lower levels of capacity.

December 22, 2014

 

$11.3 Million in Grants Approved at Cal Wellness’ December Board Meeting

At its December 2014 meeting, the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) approved 102 grants totaling $11.3 million. As the first docket under the Advancing Wellness grants program, funding is in line with Cal Wellness’ commitment to addressing health disparities and promoting equity through advocacy and access.

December 10, 2014

 

Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo To Retire as Vice President of Communications

Woodland Hills (CA) – Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo has announced her retirement as vice president of communications of The California Wellness Foundation. Her last day at the Foundation will be February 6, 2015. She plans to devote more time to her son, Francisco, and continuing her leadership in autism advocacy.

November 24, 2014

 

Cal Wellness Expands Its Board with Appointments of Joseph M. Lumarda and Debra Nakatomi

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) announced the appointments of Joseph M. Lumarda, senior vice president and investment counselor of Capital Group Private Client Services in Los Angeles, and Debra Nakatomi, president of Nakatomi & Associates in Santa Monica, to Cal Wellness’ Board of Directors. Elected at the September 2014 Board meeting, they will commence their service on January 1, 2015.

October 1, 2014

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces Launch of its Advancing Wellness Grants Program

Woodland Hills, CA – The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) today announced the launch of its new Advancing Wellness grants program designed to promote equity through advocacy and access. The grantmaking will focus on three interconnected portfolios: Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care; Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods; and Expanding Education and Employment Pathways. The grants program also includes the Opportunity Fund to support innovation in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

September 22, 2014  

 

Nearly $4 Million in Grants Approved at Cal Wellness’ September 2014 Board Meeting

The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation approved 27 grants for funding at its September 2014 meeting, totaling more than $3.7 million. Those approved for funding included clusters in violence prevention, diversity in the health professions, and efforts to educate and enroll hard-to-reach and underinformed populations about the Affordable Care Act.

August 1, 2014

 

The California Wellness Foundation Appoints Fatima Angeles as Vice President of Programs

Woodland Hills, CA – The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) has appointed Fatima Angeles as vice president of programs, effective immediately. Since August 2013, she has served as interim vice president of programs, and previously was Cal Wellness’ director of evaluation and organizational learning.

July 14, 2014

 

Nonprofit Executives in the Health Sector Receive 2014 TCWF Sabbatical Program Award

Seven nonprofit health-sector executives will be recognized with The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) Sabbatical Program Award.

June 16, 2014

 

More than $4 Million in Grants Approved at TCWF's June 2014 Board Meeting

The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation approved 43 grants for funding at its June 2014 meeting, totaling more than $4 million.

February 25, 2014

 

Philanthropic Leader Judy Belk Appointed President and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation

Judy Belk will lead The California Wellness Foundation as its next president and CEO, effective April 7, 2014, announced Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., M.P.H., chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

January 23, 2014

 

TCWF Announces Board Re-Elections

The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced the re-election of four members of its Board of Directors, which includes the reappointments of its leadership.

January 23, 2014

 

TCWF Announces Appointments of New Management and Professional Staff

The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced the appointments of new management and professional staff in the communications, finance and administration, grants management and grants program departments.

December 18, 2013

 

Nearly $8 Million in Grants Approved at TCWF's December 2013 Board Meeting

Seventy two grants were approved for funding by the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation at its December 2013 meeting, totaling nearly $8 million.

October 9, 2013

 

Unsolicited Letters of Interest Not Accepted

As of November 1, 2013, The California Wellness Foundation is not accepting unsolicited letters of interest (LOIs) submitted to its Responsive Grantmaking Program, which is scheduled to conclude prior to the end of 2014.

September 27, 2013

 

Isaacson, Miller To Conduct Search for President and CEO

The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation has retained the Isaacson, Miller firm to conduct the search for the Foundation's next president and chief executive officer.

September 23, 2013

 

More than $11.6 Million in Grants Approved at TCWF's September 2013 Board Meeting

Eighty-one organizations were approved for funding by the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation at its September 2013 meeting, totaling more than $11.6 million in grants.

September 10, 2013

 

TCWF Honors Unsung Heroes With 21st Annual California Peace Prize

George Galvis, Lali Moheno and Tasha Williamson Each Receive $25,000 in Recognition of Their Dedication to Violence Prevention

August 08, 2013

 

TCWF Announces Interim Vice President of Programs

The California Wellness Foundation announced that Fatima Angeles, TCWF director of evaluation and organizational learning, has been named interim vice president of programs. She succeeds Cristina M. Regalado, who steps down August 16, 2013.

August 08, 2013

 

TCWF’s Cristina M. Regalado Steps Down After 11-Year Tenure as Vice President of Programs, Interim Named

Cristina M. Regalado has announced her departure as vice president of programs of The California Wellness Foundation. Her last day at the Foundation is August 16, 2013.

June 28, 2013

 

The California Wellness Foundation Awards Nearly $10 Million at Recent Board Meeting

Woodland Hills. Calif. – Sixty-seven organizations were approved for funding by the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation at its June 2013 meeting, totaling nearly $10 million in grants.

June 21, 2013

 

TCWF Announces Interim President and CEO

The California Wellness Foundation announced today that Colburn “Cole” Wilbur has been named interim president and CEO.

May 30, 2013

 

TCWF Honors Health Education Leaders Committed to Underserved Communities

Kevin D. Williams, Sora Park Tanjasiri and the Late Antronette K. Yancey Receive Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

May 8, 2013

 

The California Wellness Foundation Awards Nearly $7 Million At Recent Board Meeting

Woodland Hills (CA) – Forty-five organizations were approved for funding by the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation at its March 2013 meeting, totaling nearly $7 million in grants. The complete list of grants approved at the March 2013 meeting can be found here.

April 12, 2013

 

The California Wellness Foundation Appoints Staff In Executive, Grants Program And Grants Management Departments

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) is pleased to announce the appointments of the following five staff members: Frank A. Lalle as director of programs; Rocele S. Estanislao, Amber López Gamble and Nawz Z. Talai as project managers; and Jill E. Kahanek as executive assistant to the vice president of programs.

February 18, 2013

 

The California Wellness Foundation Awards More Than $13 Million At Recent Board Meeting

Woodland Hills (CA) – At its December 2012 meeting, the Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) awarded 87 grants, totaling more than $13 million —bringing the total grantmaking in 2012 to more than $35 million.

February 5, 2013

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointments

Distinguished physicians step into leadership roles on TCWF’s Board

January 16, 2013

 

Statement by Dr. Diana Bontá Regarding President Obama’s Executive Actions to Prevent Gun Violence

The California Wellness Foundation lauds President Obama’s announcement today that includes a public health approach in response to the gun violence in Newtown, Conn.

November 13, 2012

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces 20th Annual California Peace Prize Honorees

Unsung Heroes Each Receive $25,000; Honoring the Late Dr. Su Yon Park

November 1, 2012

 

Health-Sector Nonprofit Executives Receive 2012 TCWF Sabbatical Program Award

Foundation Funding Supports Eight Nonprofit Health Organizations With $35,000 Grants To Cover Chief Executives' Paid Time Off

September 17, 2012

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Staff Appointments

Crystal D. Crawford and Claudíette Wright-Bey Join the Program and Executive Departments

June 28, 2012

 

TCWF President and CEO Diana Bontá Commends U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Constitutionality of The Affordable Care Act

Woodland Hills, CA – Diana M. Bontá, R.N., Dr.P.H., president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), lauded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision today upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act — the historic legislation that will expand access to affordable, quality health care for Americans regardless of age, income or pre-existing conditions.

May 30, 2012

 

TCWF Honors Health Education Leaders Committed to Underserved Communities

Lawrence "Hy" Doyle, Peter Manoleas and Angela Minniefield Receive 10th Annual Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

January 20, 2012

 

The California Wellness Foundation Appoints Director of Public Policy

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announced the appointment of Sandra J. Martínez to the position of director of public policy.

November 10, 2011

 

Health-Sector Nonprofit Executives Receive 2011 TCWF Sabbatical Program Award

Foundation Funding Supports Eight Nonprofit Health Organizations With $35,000 Grants To Cover Chief Executives' Paid Time Off.

November 2, 2011

 

Dr. Diana M. Bontá Appointed President & CEO of The California Wellness Foundation

Renowned health care executive Dr. Diana M. Bontá will lead The California Wellness Foundation as its next president and CEO, effective January 2012, announced David S. Barlow, chair of the Foundation's Board of Directors. Dr. Bontá, a nurse with a doctorate in public health, is currently vice president of public affairs for Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Region, where she has served there since October 2004.

October 31, 2011

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces Staff Appointments in the Executive, Communications and Program Departments

Woodland Hills (CA) – The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announced new appointments for three members of its staff: Caroline Bourgoine as executive assistant to the president and CEO, Breanna M. Cardwell as communications associate, and Sandra J. Martínez as director of public policy.

October 17, 2011

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces 2011 California Peace Prize Honorees

Ray Balberan, Priscilla Carrasquilla and Manuel Jimenez each receive $25,000 for their efforts to prevent violence in their communities.

May 2, 2011

 

Higher Education Visionaries Receive TCWF Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

Charles J. Alexander, José Ramón Fernández-Peña and John T. Matsui awarded $25,000 each for creating programs to increase and diversify the health workforce.

February 7, 2011

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointments

Woodland Hills, CA – The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced two new appointments: David S. Barlow, M.B.A, C.P.A., as chair; and Barbara C. Staggers, M.D., as vice chair.

December 15, 2010

 

Gary L. Yates To Retire as President and CEO

Gary L. Yates, President and Chief Executive Officer of The California Wellness Foundation has announced his intention to retire as of December 31, 2011.

October 28, 2010

 

Health-Sector Nonprofit Executives Receive 2010 TCWF Sabbatical Program Award

Foundation Funding Supports Eight Nonprofit Health Organizations With $35,000 Grants To Cover Chief Executives’ Paid Time Off.

October 5, 2010

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces 2010 California Peace Prize Honorees

Community Leaders Each To Receive $25,000 Cash Awards For Violence Prevention Work.

May 24, 2010

 

Higher Education Leaders Receive TCWF Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

Sandra Daley, Ronald Garcia and Jeffrey Oxendine awarded $25,000 each for leadership in increasing diversity in the health professions.

October 22, 2009

 

Health-Sector Nonprofit Executives Receive 2009 TCWF Sabbatical Program Award

Foundation Funding Supports Eight Nonprofit Health Organizations With $35,000 Grants To Cover Chief Executives’ Paid Time Off.

October 5, 2009

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces 2009 California Peace Prize Honorees

Unsung Heroes To Receive $25,000 Cash Awards for Violence Prevention Work.

June 3, 2009

 

Mentors Who Support Students Receive TCWF Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

Guillermo J. Camacho, Shirley Flores-Muñoz and Tomás A. Magaña awarded $25,000 each for leadership in increasing diversity in the health professions.

February 23, 2009

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointments

The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced four new appointments.

November 12, 2008

 

Three Community Leaders To Receive TCWF’s 2008 California Peace Prize

$25,000 Cash Awards Honor Unsung Heroes of Violence Prevention.

November 6, 2008

 

Health-Sector Nonprofit Executives Receive 2008 TCWF Sabbatical Program Awards

Foundation Funding Supports Eight Nonprofit Health Organizations with $35,000 Grants to Cover Chief Executives’ Paid Time Off.

October 24, 2008

 

TCWF Appoints Program Director

Frank A. Lalle Assigned to Foundation’s Special Projects Grantmaking.

August 12, 2008

 

Departing Legislators Receive Foundation Recognition for Leadership In Policy Arena

Senators Sheila Kuehl and Jack Scott Receive 2008 TCWF Public Policy Leadership Award.

June 2, 2008

 

Higher Education Leaders Receive TCWF Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

San Francisco (CA) — Three extraordinary higher education leaders will be honored as the 2008 Champions of Health Professions Diversity by The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF).

January 28, 2008

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointment

Woodland Hills, CA – The Board of Directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced the appointment of a new member, A. Eugene Washington, M.D.

November 26, 2007

 

TCWF Appoints Staff in Communications and Grants Program Departments

The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announced the appointments of Adriana Godoy Leiss as communications officer and Julio Marcial as program director.

November 07, 2007

 

Three Community Leaders To Receive TCWF’s 2007 California Peace Prize

San Francisco — Casey Gwinn created a model organization in San Diego that coordinates and co-locates services and resources for victims of domestic violence, child abuse, elder abuse and sexual assault. Patricia Lee works directly with community organizations and families in San Francisco to help youth at-risk for entry into the juvenile justice system. Cora Tomalinas advocates on behalf of San Jose youth and other community residents on gang prevention and other issues, and champions community organizing as a way to solve problems and influence public policy.

November 1, 2007

 

Health-Sector Nonprofit Executives Receive 2007 TCWF Sabbatical Program Awards

Foundation Funding Supports Eight Nonprofit Health Organizations With $35,000 Grants To Cover Chief Executives’ Paid Time Off.

June 5, 2007

 

Physicians Honored as TCWF Champions of Diversity in the Health Professions

Michael V. Drake, Hector Flores and Ernest C. Levister Awarded $25,000 Each for Their Leadership in Increasing Diversity in the Health Professions.

April 13, 2007

 

TCWF Announces Staff Changes in Program and Communications Departments

Woodland Hills, CA — The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announces that Fatima L. Angeles has been appointed director of evaluation and organizational learning; Earl Lui hired as program director for environmental health and work and health grants; and Janet I. Sandoval named executive assistant to the vice president of communications.

February 23, 2007

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointments

Woodland Hills, CA — The board of directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announced two new appointments today: Peggy Saika, chair, and Elizabeth M. Gomez, vice chair.

November 07, 2006

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces 2006 California Peace Prize Honorees

Los Angeles — Sahra Abdi teaches Somali and African refugees and immigrants who have fled their violent homelands how to control anger and manage stress. Margaret Diaz, a former victim of domestic violence, established a shelter and a pioneering transitional housing program for women and children. Anthony Thigpenn helps train people in African-American and Latino communities to understand and participate in public policy decision-making to prevent violence.

October 26, 2006

 

Health Sector Nonprofit Executives Receive 2006 TCWF Sabbatical Program Awards

San Francisco — Eight nonprofit health sector executives are being recognized by The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) Sabbatical Program in a ceremony held today in San Francisco. The leadership support program - now in its fourth year - provides eight organizations each with a $35,000 grant to cover the leader's salary and expenses during the sabbatical, which lasts a minimum of three months.

October 16, 2006

 

The California Wellness Foundation Appoints Fatima L. Angeles Director of Evaluation and Organizational Learning

Woodland Hills — The California Wellness Foundation announced the appointment of Fatima L. Angeles, to the position of director of evaluation and organizational learning.

August 09, 2006

 

Departing Public Officials Receive Foundation Recognition for Leadership in Policy Arena

Sacramento — The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) presents its 2006 Public Policy Leadership Award to three California state public officials who have influenced millions of lives by advancing public policies that promote the health of Californians. The honorees are: Sen. Martha Escutia, Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Sen. Jackie Speier. The three departing public officials will be recognized at a ceremony in Sacramento on August 9, 2006.

June 02, 2006

 

Medical Field Leaders Honored As TCWF Champions Of Diversity In Health Professions

Woodland Hills (CA) — The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) presents its fourth annual Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award to three leaders who have pioneered programs and policies to increase diversity within the medical professions. The honorees are Dr. José A. Arévalo of Sacramento, Dr. Rolland C. Lowe of San Francisco and Patricia Pratt of Los Angeles. Each will receive a $25,000 grant in recognition of his or her work and achievements at an awards ceremony in San Francisco on Monday, June 12, 2006.

February 06, 2006

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces 2006 Sabbatical Program For Health Leaders

Woodland Hills (CA) — Applications are now available for The California Wellness Foundation’s 2006 Sabbatical Program. The program offers $30,000 grants to nonprofit health organizations in California, enabling their executive directors to take a paid leave of up to six months. Up to $5,000 will also be awarded to each organization for the professional development of managers and staff who will assume extra responsibilities during the absence of the sabbatical awardees. The application deadline is March 24.

January 27, 2006

 

The California Wellness Foundation Launches $1 Million Campaign To Increase Diversity of Health Care Workforce

Woodland Hills (CA) — The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announced a $1 million grant to Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide to implement a public education campaign promoting the benefits of increasing ethnic diversity in the California healthcare workforce. TCWF's Board of Directors approved the grant to Ogilvy Public Relations in December 2005.

October 31, 2005

 

Nonprofit Health Sector Executives Receive 2005 TCWF Sabbatical Program Awards

Woodland Hills (CA) — Eight nonprofit health sector executives will be recognized by the Sabbatical Program of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) on Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The leadership support program — now in its third year —provides $35,000 grants to eight California-based organizations to cover their leaders’ salaries and expenses during the sabbaticals, which last a minimum of three months.

October 13, 2005

 

Article Surveys Impact Of Federal And State Parental Notification Laws And Policies
Woodland Hills – A new article, “Teen Access to Confidential Reproductive Health Services,” by The Guttmacher Institute, summarizes studies and polls measuring the impact of federal and state parental notifications laws and policies throughout the United States.

October 11, 2005

 

Three Visionaries Receive The California Wellness Foundation's 2005 California Peace Prize
San Francisco – The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) will present its 2005 California Peace Prize to three visionary leaders, each of whom has contributed significantly to preventing violence in the state.

October 7, 2005

 

New Report Analyzes Competing Discount Prescription Drug Plans On November Ballot
Woodland Hills – This November, California voters will be asked to vote on two prescription drug measures, Proposition 78, Discounts on Prescription Drugs, and Proposition 79, Prescription Drug Discounts. State Negotiated Rebates.

June 6, 2005

 

Community Clinic Leaders Honored As TCWF Champions Of Diversity In Health Professions
Woodland Hills, CA – Elia Gallardo (Sacramento), Sherry Hirota (Oakland), and Martin Waukazoo (Oakland) Awarded $25,000 Each for Their Leadership in Increasing Diversity.

May 6, 2005

 

TCWF Announces Staff Changes in Several Departments of The Foundation
Woodland Hills, CA – The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) announces that Jeffrey Seungkyu Kim, Taryn Lee and Adriana Godoy Leiss have joined the Foundation and that existing staff member, Nicole J. Jones, has received a new assignment.

February 1, 2005

 

The California Wellness Foundation Announces New Board Appointments
Woodland Hills, CA – The board of directors of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) today announced four new appointments: Douglas X. Patiño, Ph.D., chair; Stewart Kwoh, J.D., vice chair; and David S. Barlow and Elizabeth M. Gomez, new members.

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Op-Ed Articles and Other News Items

February, 2016

 

Message Of Gun Violence Prevention Summit: We Can Do This!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for #Enough! Stop Violence, Promote Wellness. This groundbreaking summit tackled an issue that is critically important to the health of our communities: gun violence. In contrast to the tragedy and loss that is connected to gun violence, it was heartening to witness so many passionate voices for change.

December, 2015

 

Enough! Stemming America’s Gun Violence Epidemic
Here in California and across the nation we are reeling from the tragic shooting in San Bernardino. As someone who lost two close family members to gun violence, I know too well the devastation it inflicts on families and communities. I am mourning for the victims and their loved ones.

December, 2015

 

Enough! Stemming America’s Gun Violence Epidemic
Here in California and across the nation we are reeling from the tragic shooting in San Bernardino. As someone who lost two close family members to gun violence, I know too well the devastation it inflicts on families and communities. I am mourning for the victims and their loved ones.

November, 2015

 

Don’t Be a Wimp: Why a New Foundation CEO Wants to Be the ‘Influence Lady’
After more than a year as leader of The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness), a nearly billion-dollar philanthropy focused on getting resources to the state’s most vulnerable people, I’ve learned several lessons, both big and small, about money, power, leading with courage, and even how to lose weight without dieting.

August, 2015

 

Memories of a Thirsty Childhood
Drought-shaming could become a popular pastime in California's driest summer. Egregious water wasters, especially the ones with massive lawns and high public profiles, are getting called out by reporters and humbled on social media.

June, 2015

 

Persevering in the Face of Charleston Tragedy
I’ve spent the past week mourning the loss of nine lives in Charleston, South Carolina, last Wednesday and trying to grapple with the horrific nature of this act, carried out in a place of worship that has been central to the struggles of the black community there.

June, 2015

 

Fostering Youth’s Resiliency for California’s Future
I am writing this having recently returned from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where I joined 13 members of my rowdy extended family who gathered from across the country to celebrate with my son, Ryan, who received his doctorate in history.

February, 2015

 

Honoring California’s Health Leaders
I’ve noticed more and more efforts within the nonprofit community to recognize, refresh and develop its leaders. These include recognition events honoring nonprofit executives; programs to develop the next generation of leadership; and respite programs to refresh nonprofit chief executives.

November, 2014

 

Near Ferguson, a Struggle That Begins Before Kindergarten
While the nation was focused on Ferguson, Mo., this summer, my attention was on a St. Louis kindergarten classroom not far from where Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer.

November, 2014

 

Health Shouldn’t Be Based On Where You Live
Strand by strand, my younger sister has been pulling the threads of her life back together after a couple of lost decades.

November, 2014

 

Our Evolution to Advancing Wellness
I see stories everywhere. In this year’s Cal Wellness Annual Report, we have tried to capture the story of our work with the cover essay, “Wellness Evolution: Experience Ignites a New Grantmaking Chapter.” In it, we demonstrate how the Foundation’s legacy provides a springboard for our transition to the Advancing Wellness era and its theme of promoting equity through advocacy and access.

November, 2014

 

Making Investment a Criminal Justice Strategy
Judy Belk joined ten other California foundation CEOs in signing a joint statement in support of the passage of Proposition 47, The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act.

October, 2014

 

A Postcard from California: Cal Wellness Foundation President on the ACA and the Foundation’s New Grants Program
A few short months after I took the helm as The California Wellness Foundation’s president and CEO, the results of our eighth annual Cal Wellness/Field Health Policy Survey were released. I dug into the results to get a view of what Californians are thinking and feeling about the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA’s) implementation in our state.

October, 2014

 

Welcome to Wellness
I am pleased to announce that Advancing Wellness is here! We are now accepting letters of interest for the next phase of our grants program, which promotes equity through advocacy and access. On behalf of the Board and staff of Cal Wellness, thank you for your patience.

August, 2014

 

Late Summer Reflections
It’s hard to believe summer is nearly behind us. Everyone at Cal Wellness has been working hard to prepare for the launch of the next phase of our grants program. Over the past few weeks, I’ve also been hitting the road more and have had the pleasure of meeting many of you — grantees, community leaders, policymakers and fellow funders.

June, 2014

 

Reflections and a Look Toward the Horizon
While I’ve been on the job only a few weeks, I’m already bursting with pride as I get a better sense of the amazing work our trustees, staff and community partners are accomplishing each day to improve the lives of all Californians.

March, 2013

 

Lessons Learned in Preventing Violence Against Youth
While the impetus for recent public debate on gun-related deaths emerged from December’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., it is important to note that deadly gun violence targeting children and youth is a daily occurrence in this country – including California.

December, 2012

 

Statement on the Newtown Tragedy
The gut-wrenching violence in Connecticut has captured the attention of the nation. As we mourn the loss of life, many are asking what can be done to prevent future tragedies?

November, 2012

 

Looking Ahead
The California Wellness Foundation has reached an important crossroads as an institution. With our current cycle of grantmaking scheduled to sunset in 2014, the Foundation's Board has embarked upon a strategic planning process to determine how we can best marshal our resources to advance our mission.

July, 2012

 

A Passion for Wellness
It is a pleasure to be the new leader of The California Wellness Foundation. As we move forward with our mission of improving the health of the people of California, I would like to share some thoughts about "wellness" and what has drawn me to this work.

December, 2011

 

A Report on Our Grantmaking
Over the past several years, there has been substantial discussion in the philanthropic community about the amount of foundation funding reaching underserved and marginalized populations. Conversations with several of our colleagues led to the release of a report in December 2008 in which we recognized the critical role played by small, community-based nonprofit organizations in addressing the challenges facing minority and other predominantly low-income communities in California.

July, 2011

 

When The Time Is Right
As many of you know, I've announced my intention to retire at the end of the year. One of the first questions I'm asked about my retirement is, "Why now?" There's a country song I like titled "Timing Is Everything." While it may not be "everything," timing is certainly important when considering a leadership change. The timing of this transition is right for The California Wellness Foundation, for me and for my family.

May, 2011

 

Honoring Veterans through Philanthropy
Each year in late May, America pauses to honor its veterans. We recognize the sacrifices of those President Lincoln observed "gave the last full measure of devotion" in service to their country as well as those who currently protect and defend our nation.

March, 2011

 

A Prevention Success Story
In 1992, when The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF) began developing a grantmaking program that would address teen pregnancy prevention, more than 70,000 California teens gave birth. It was cause for concern. For decades, California’s teen pregnancy rates had ranked among the highest in the nation.

December, 2010

 

A Report on Our Grantmaking
Over the past several years, there has been substantial discussion in the philanthropic community about the amount of foundation funding reaching underserved and marginalized populations. Conversations with several of our colleagues led to the release of a statement in June 2008 in which we recognized the critical role played by small, community-based nonprofit organizations in addressing the challenges facing minority and other predominately low-income communities in California.

November, 2010

 

A Challenging Environment for California Grantmakers
Without a doubt, the environment for California grantmakers remains challenging as 2010 draws to a close, with the sluggish pace of economic recovery weighing heavily on the communities we support. For many foundations, the values of our endowments may have stabilized, but it will likely be several more years – at the earliest – before our grantmaking returns to the levels of 2006 or 2007.

August, 2010

 

The Health Care Safety Net and Health Reform
The “Great Recession” that has severely impacted the global economy continues to have a solid grip on California. While measurements of economic growth show signs of modest gains in the national economy, this news comes as small comfort to many Californians, where unemployment remains above 12 percent statewide – and as high as 27 percent in rural areas such as Imperial County.

December, 2009

 

A Report on Our Grantmaking
Over the past two years, there has been substantial discussion in the philanthropic community about the amount of foundation funding reaching underserved and marginalized populations. Conversations with several of our colleagues led to the release of a statement in June 2008 in which we recognized the critical role played by small, community-based nonprofit organizations in addressing the challenges facing minority and other predominately low-income communities in California.

October, 2009

 

Staying True to Our Mission and Operating Principles Has Resulted in Foundation Diversity
A recent study by a nonprofit advocacy organization indicated that, among large foundations, The California Wellness Foundation has one of the most diverse boards with regard to ethnicity (70 percent) and gender (50 percent). But this wasn’t always the case.

June, 2009

 

A Strategy for Tough Times: Increasing Core Support To Help Nonprofits Survive
Imagine being the executive director of a community-based nonprofit with a $6.5 million annual budget that operates a health clinic, a food bank, and a jobs program. Before the economy soured, your organization served 400,000 clients annually. At the end of 2008, the number spiked to 475,000, yet your organization experienced reduced donations, grants and government funding, barely reaching $5 million.

May, 2009

 

A Grantmaking Foundation and a Service Organization
The concept of public service has always been important to me. I was a junior in high school in 1961 when John Kennedy gave his inaugural speech and I completely embraced his challenge: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”

December, 2008

 

Strengthening Nonprofit Minority Leadership and the Capacity of Minority-Led and Other Grassroots Community-Based Organizations
A California-based group known as the Foundation Coalition issued a statement that announced new grantmaking activities to fund minority-led and other small, grassroots nonprofits reaching underserved populations. Included here is a cover letter and the report. The Foundation Coalition disbanded after its work concluded with the release of this report on December 22, 2008.

August, 2008

 

Setting The Record Straight About Our Grantmaking
You may have heard about the recent agreement announced by 10 California foundations including The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). The agreement, which includes a list of the participating funders, calls for the development of new grantmaking efforts by either individual foundations or collective efforts by some or all of the 10 foundations to focus on capacity building and leadership development for small, grassroots community-based organizations that primarily serve ethnic minority populations.

April, 2008

 

Gun Violence; The Endemic Epidemic
The Valentine’s Day shooting at Northern Illinois University outside Chicago that killed five and injured 14 is only the latest mass shooting in a two-week outbreak of gun violence across the nation.

April, 2007

 

Eradicating the Gang Violence Plague: It Takes a Village
The recent drug-related arrest of a well-respected director of the job development program at Communities In Schools of the San Fernando Valley (CIS SFV) caused many observers to ask whether it’s really worth investing in organizations that hire former gang members to help at-risk youth turn away from gangs, finish high school and find decent jobs

March, 2007

 

Re: Schwarzenegger Calls for Coordinated Attack on Gangs, March 6
Although the police and criminal courts are an important component of any overall gang violence reduction strategy, their response has largely been reactive rather than preventive, making the associate costs exorbitant.

September, 2006

 

Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Programs Save Tax Dollars
Over the past decade, the teen birthrate in California dropped by more than 46 percent — the steepest decline of any state in the country. In the East Bay, the trend is also heartening. According to a recent Public Health Institute report, the teen pregnancy rate in Oakland decreased by 50 percent between 1991 and 2004.

October, 2005

 

Violence Prevention Programs Save Lives
This op-ed appeared Oct. 28, 2005, on the opinion page of La Opinión, the largest Spanish-language newspaper in the United States. This is a translation of the original article, which was published in Spanish.

January, 2004

 

Stay Course on Gang Prevention Funding
In Sacramento, it's difficult to support expenditures that might reduce crime and prison costs in years to come, when voters are clamoring for action now. However, missing from this picture is the proven effectiveness of public health strategies to eradicate the breeding grounds of crime.

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