TCWF Presents Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award

TCWF presented its 2004 Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award to three visionary leaders at an awards ceremony held in San Francisco on May 25. The honorees are Linda Billey-Sevedge of Santa Maria, Katherine A. Flores of Fresno, and Priscilla Gonzalez of Sacramento. Each woman received a $25,000 grant acknowledging her commitment to increasing diversity in the health professions. All three awardees overcame significant barriers to become distinguished health professionals whose accomplishments and innovative programs have influenced and inspired hundreds of Native American and Latino students to pursue health care careers. The awards were presented as part of a conference of TCWF Grantees – educators, policymakers and health care administrators – who met to discuss strategies for increasing the diversity of California’s health care workforce. More information on the champions can be found at

Satellite Videoconference Fosters State wide Discussion of Violence Prevention

More than 1,500 community leaders from Redding to San Diego joined forces on June 3 in a statewide videoconference to discuss programs and public policies that prevent violence against young people. “Keeping Youth Safe: Strategies that Work to Prevent Violence” was broadcast live from Sacramento and Los Angeles and downlinked to sites in Fresno, Long Beach, Redding, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Barbara. Participants included lawmakers, law enforcement officials, health professionals, educators and youth advocates. The 90-minute live broadcast featured a discussion of programs that have been successful in reducing violence against youth. Community leaders in each region met afterwards to review local policies and programs designed to keep youth safe. The event coincided with the release of a new voter poll conducted by TCWF Grantee i.e. communications, which revealed that California voters of both political parties and all state regions strongly believe violence prevention and safety programs for youth should have a high priority for funding.

Foundation  Publications Available Online

The Publications section of features independent evaluations of major projects initiated by TCWF, as well as Foundation-produced documents that share lessons learned from TCWF’s grantmaking. Two recent additions to the section are “Reflections on Evaluating Our Grants” by Ruth Brousseau, TCWF’s director of evaluation and organizational learning, and “Reflections on TCWF’s Violence Prevention Initiative” by Fern Tiger Associates.

TCWF’s 2003 annual report is also included in the Publications section. The cover story celebrates the accomplishments of the 10-year, $60 million Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative. The article describes projects undertaken by the Initiative’s interrelated programs: Research, Public Education and Policy Advocacy, Community Grants, and Professional Development and Leadership Recognition. The report also provides TCWF’s annual financial statements, an overview of the grants program and a selected list of 2003 grants.

The California Budget Project Monitors State’s Fiscal Condition and Its Impact on Health

TCWF Grantees looking for information on how state policy decisions will impact health issues in California may benefit from the California Budget Project (CBP) website, CBP conducts independent fiscal and policy analysis on a range of state policy issues, including those that impact the health of underserved communities. The website posts up-to-date information about the state budget and proposed ballot initiatives, and provides policy analysis (e.g., the impact of increases in the state minimum wage). CBP also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Budget Watch, on important developments in state and federal policy.

TCWF Board and Staff Members Address Conference Attendees

Luz A. Vega-Marquis, a member of the TCWF Board of Directors, was a panelist at the national Council on Foundations conference in April in Toronto, Canada. The panel, “The Advocacy Great Debate,” offered a lively discussion of issues foundations should consider when making grants that support advocacy efforts. Also at the Council on Foundations, Fatima Angeles, TCWF program director, moderated a conference session titled “Immigrant Health Advocacy: Beyond Cultural Competence and Language Access.”

Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO, served on the opening panel of the Pilots to Policy 2004 conference presented by the Foundation Consortium in February in Glendale, CA. Senator Deborah Ortiz and Foundation Consortium Executive Director Judith Chynoweth also served on the panel, which was titled “Building a Partnership To Last: Leadership for Children and Families in the 21st Century.”

Magdalena Beltrán-del Olmo, TCWF vice president of communications, was a presenter at the Southern California Grantmakers conference in February in Los Angeles. She was a member of the panel, “Effective Foundation Communications With Diverse Audiences – Is Your Message Being Heard?”

TCWF Grantee L.A. Eye Institute Featured at L.A. Times Kid City Event

In partnership with the Los Angeles Times’ Reading by 9 program, TCWF sponsored free vision screenings by the Los Angeles Eye Institute at the KidCity festival held on July 17 and 18 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Reading by 9 offered free books, donated by Scholastic, Inc., to all youth who received vision screenings. This is the second year of the event and TCWF’s partnership.


Gary L. Yates, TCWF president and CEO, was elected to a one-year term as vice chair of the Council on Foundation’s Board of Directors at the Council’s annual conference in April Also at the Council on Foundations annual conference, TCWF received a 2004 Wilmer Shields Rich Award for Excellence in Communications from the Council on Foundations. The “AdvoKit,” developed by TCWF grantee Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide as part of the Foundation’s “Get Real About Teen Pregnancy” campaign, won a gold award in the Public Information Campaign category.

Several organizations have presented TCWF with awards recognizing the Foundation’s grantmaking. The Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles honored TCWF with a philanthropy award for its support of the association’s program for improving services to caregiving Latino families in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. The Sacramento Mutual Housing Association presented TCWF with its Advancing Healthy Communities award to TCWF in recognition of the Foundation’s work in creating healthy communities by improving living conditions of low-income families and individuals in Sacramento. The Boys and Girls Club of Simi Valley presented TCWF with its 2004 Humanitarian Award to TCWF in April.

Staff Updates

TCWF recognizes Hailing Ma, assistant treasurer, for 10 years of service to the Foundation.

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