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Every day, Blue Shield of California Foundation collaborates with forward-thinking partners to advance the well-being of all Californians.


Special Announcement

September 22, 2020

We're proud to announce more than $10.6 million in grants to partners across California focused on preventing domestic violence, supporting childcare workers and their families, and enabling multi-sector collaborations that drive health equity.

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.

— Debbie I. Chang, MPH, Foundation President & CEO
Our Approach
Building bridges not silos

Our Approach

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.

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What We Do
80% of health outcomes are not tied to health care

What We Do

Health is about more than just health care.

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:

From our newsroom

From our newsrooom

Over the last two years, Blue Shield of California Foundation, in partnership with the FORESIGHT initiative and the Institute for the Future, has supported dozens of conversations with low-income Californians focused on the future of health and family life. People told us plainly that what will make them healthy in the future is deeply connected to escaping their day-to-day struggle for survival and achieving a sense of belonging in their communities, both socially and economically. Hope for the future involves being able to provide for their families and spend time with their children.

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


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