We’re proud to announce $5.4 million in grants to prevent domestic violence, enable economic mobility, and support Black communities.
We’re seeking solutions that not only meet people where they are today, but also lead us toward a future in which California is a more equitable place for all people.
As California grows, and the needs of those in our communities change, so does the opportunity to meet new challenges with integrity, partnership, equity, and a renewed sense of what is possible.
80% of health outcomes are not tied to health care. There are many factors that contribute to health—from access to affordable housing and good schools to ensuring personal and community safety. That’s why we’re focusing on the following three areas of work:
Building on the state’s comprehensive actions to support diverse communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, Governor Gavin Newsom announced $81.8 million in additional commitments from private and philanthropic partners to provide resources and services for individuals needing to isolate or quarantine. Blue Shield of California Foundation is proud to partner with the Office of the Governor on these efforts.
Relationship violence threatens not only students’ physical safety and emotional well-being, but also their academic prospects. Some campuses are finding solutions to help keep survivors in school.
Even before the coronavirus pandemic, incarcerated individuals in California’s 35 state prisons faced poor mental health care. The situation is especially dire for the rapidly increasing number of female prisoners, who make up 4 percent of the state’s incarcerated population but 11 percent of suicides, according to 2016 figures. Seven women committed suicide between 2013 and 2016 at the California Institution for Women, a 1,398-bed prison currently housing close to 1,500 women; in 2018, a woman experiencing a psychotic episode waited hours for care, ripping out and swallowing her own eye before receiving treatment.
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