2009 TCWF Sabbatical Program Award
In November 2009, TCWF honored the following eight nonprofit health-sector executives with the Sabbatical Program Award: Kim Carter of Time for Change Foundation in San Bernardino, Lynn Dorroh of Hill Country Health and Wellness Center in Round Mountain, Betty Alvarez Ham of City Impact in Oxnard, Stuart Kandell of Stagebridge in Oakland, Debra Lynn Marsteller of Project Independence in Costa Mesa, Roy A. Martin of GraceSource in Sutter, Robin Novack McCrae of Community Human Services in Monterey, and Richard A. Veloz of South Central Family Health Center in Los Angeles. See their profiles on the Leadership Recognition portal of CalWellness.org.
Panel Examines HPV Prevention Challenges
In November 2009, TCWF sponsored a panel at the Commonwealth Club of California that brought together experts to discuss prevention and treatment challenges of the human papillomavirus (HPV). While the HPV vaccine is recognized as effective at preventing cervical and other cancers, it is unavailable to many because of age restrictions and cost.
At its December 2009 meeting, the TCWF Board of Directors elected Barbara C. Staggers, MD, to her third term as a trustee. Staggers is director of the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland. She also co-directs the hospital’s Health Professions Internship Partnership and is a physician consultant to the City of Berkeley’s Department of Public Health.
2009 TCWF California Peace Prize Honoree Profiled
Brian King, co-founder and chief executive officer of Fresno Street Saints and a 2009 TCWF California Peace Prize honoree, was profiled in the January edition of the monthly newspaper Youth Today. The article recounts King’s transformation from gang member and drug dealer in Chicago to leading the Fresno faith-based organization that provides support to at-risk youth and their families with gang prevention and intervention programs.
Mental Health Services Act Funding and California’s Transition-Age Youth
The Children’s Advocacy Institute reports that 26 counties, home to more than 78 percent of California’s transition-age foster youth, have failed to utilize Mental Health Services Act funding for this population, which is at disproportionately high-risk for mental health problems. “Proposition 63: Is the Mental Health Services Act Reaching California’s Transition Age Foster Youth?” was published in January. The Children’s Advocacy Institute is a TCWF grantee.
A Look at the First Five Years of Sabbaticals
In January, Group Health’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation published an evaluation of TCWF’s Sabbatical Program Award, which highlights effects on sabbatical honorees and their respective organizations. The report can be found in the Publications section of CalWellness.org, under “Evaluations and Lessons Learned.”
California Budget Project: Proposed Cuts in a Time of Growing Need
In a report released in February, the California Budget Project analyzed the growing demand for public services and proposed cuts designed to close the huge budget gaps. The California Budget Project is a TCWF grantee.
UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
In a policy brief released in March, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) reported that nearly two million Californians lost their health insurance during the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009, bringing the total number of uninsured in the state to more than eight million. The policy brief was funded in part by grants from TCWF. Another recent CHPR brief reported that low-income women are four times more likely than their higher-income counterparts to report fair or poor health. Published in November 2009, “Health Disparities Among California’s Nearly Four Million Low-Income Nonelderly Adult Women” was funded by a grant from TCWF.
In December 2009, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visited Reality Changers, an after-school program in San Diego County that provides tutoring to prepare at-risk youth for college success. Duncan – who met with student Michael Gaulden (left) and others to hear how they are working to achieve their academic dreams – lauded the program, calling it a national model. Reality Changers is a TCWF grantee.
In March, the UC Berkeley School of Public Health presented its 2010 Public Health Heroes award. Angela Glover Blackwell (left), founder and CEO of Policylink, was recognized for her work to promote equity in health policies and guide efforts to achieve healthy communities. La Clínica de la Raza (La Clínica) was honored for its longstanding record of providing culturally sensitive health care services to diverse and underserved communities in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties. Policylink and La Clínica are former TCWF grantees.
At ceremonies held in October 2009, the L.A. Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA-LA) presented Father Greg Boyle (left), executive director and founder of Homeboy Industries, a “Citizen of the Year” award in recognition of his continuous efforts to support at-risk youth. Also honored that evening was TCWF’s Communications Program, which received a first-place PRism Award in the Corporate Communications Non-profit/Foundation Category, and four “Awards of Excellence” for its grantmaking brochure, website, “Reflections On Grantmaking That Lasts,” and the writing of the cover story “Homeboy to M.D.” from the spring 2009 edition of Grantee magazine.
Transgender Law Center (TLC), a statewide civil rights organization dedicated to advocating for transgender communities, awarded TCWF its 2009 Ally Award at a ceremony held in November 2009. TLC recognized the Foundation for its support of transgender health advocacy and for its role in building and strengthening transgender health access throughout the state.
In January, the National Network for Youth named Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) the 2010 Agency of the Year for its innovation in the field of youth services, for providing a wide range of youth programming, and for its commitment to collaboration with other youth-serving programs. HYP is a TCWF grantee.
In February, TCWF Board Member Eugene Washington, MD (left), was listed among the “Top 25 Most Influential African-Americans” by Black Health, a bimonthly healthy living magazine that honored leaders in health care, medicine, and the pharmaceutical and nutritional food industries. Washington was recently appointed dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine and vice chancellor of health sciences at UCLA.
In March, the California Coalition for Youth honored TCWF Board Chair Elizabeth M. Gomez (left) with its Sue Matheson Mentoring Award for her dedication to developing leadership among youth and for her support of youth involvement and empowerment. In October, Gomez was also honored by Hispanic Business magazine, which listed her among its “100 Most Influential Hispanics” for 2009.
In April, Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, TCWF vice president of communications, was honored by Diversity Business magazine with it 2010 “Champions of Diversity” award. She was recognized for her commitment to promoting diversity through TCWF’s communications program, which accents the work of grantees statewide.
TCWF welcomes Marie Quiros as office services coordinator.