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Winter 2004-2005

Local Leaders Work Towards Healthier Communities

rganizations throughout California are equipping low-income community members with the skills needed to identify and remedy some of their own most pressing health problems. From the farmworker camps of Monterey County to urban Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley, community residents are leading the fight to tackle environmental health hazards and learning how to tap into resources that meet their health needs. In the process, these individuals—who work either on a paid or volunteer basis—are discovering new sources of strength and fulfillment in their daily lives.

“Involving local community members in advocacy efforts not only sharpens their leadership abilities, but it also leaves a team of motivated individuals who will be able to respond to new health issues as they emerge,” said Gary L. Yates, president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). “Investing in these community leaders has proved to be a powerful way to assist communities in effecting lasting changes.”

TCWF has provided grants to help organizations seek out, train and encourage local residents to help themselves—with the assistance of local agencies and educational institutions. The following are three examples of community health empowerment in action.


TCWF Award Programs Honor California Nonprofit Leaders and Legislators

Read more about the California Peace Prize awardees, the recipients of TCWF's first Public Policy Leadership Award and the Foundation's Sabbatical Program.


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Medicare Information and Support

Health Care for Homeless Women

How To Apply

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