Our future depends on the actions we take today. Reducing health disparities in Northern California begins with a strong vision.

The Center brings people, ideas and infrastructure together to create positive change. Our collective impact model seeks to improve community health in California.

Every person in California should be able to live a healthy life. That’s the vision we stand by and the journey we are committed to. The Center works to promote health, racial equity and racial justice in communities throughout California with local, state and national partners.

With strategy, creativity and ongoing collaboration, The Center strives to eradicate health inequities across the state, especially within the underserved San Joaquin Valley. Learn more.

What's New?

1300 Campaign launches

September 18, 2020

The 1300 Campaign is an initiative of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and the My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento Education Strategy Committee. The campaign is working with local, regional and statewide partners to develop, advance and establish deep-rooted change to send 1,300 additional young men of color to California State University, Sacramento and University of California, Davis by 2025. Learn more on the 1300 Campaign web site.

Elevate Youth California Round 2 funding opportunity is available

September 2, 2020

We are pleased to announce a second round of Elevate Youth California funding. Grants up to $1 million over three years will support prevention of youth substance use.

Visit the Elevate Youth California web page to access the request for applications for full details, application instructions and review webinar information. Applications are due on Oct. 2 at 1 p.m.

Reimagining Juvenile Detention Facilities in California Can Heal Our Youth

August 31, 2020

By Dr. Robert K. Ross, President and CEO of The California Endowment, and Chet P. Hewitt, President and CEO of The Center at Sierra Health Foundation and a founding member of the California Funders for Boys and Men of Color

After generations of warehousing young people in failed detention facilities more suited to punishment than rehabilitation, we now have an opportunity to change the narrative with a system that sees young people for their potential, not the worst mistakes that they’ve made. We cannot let California’s opportunity to realign the Division of Juvenile Justice (“DJJ”) be wasted by doing the same old thing, only at the local level.