Deepening our commitment to partners across California who are tackling the root causes of health inequity and domestic violence, Blue Shield of California Foundation is announcing nearly $7.7 million in grants.
“To grow our impact in California, we are supporting solutions we believe can be spread and scaled to more communities of color with low incomes.”
Blue Shield of California Foundation supports lasting and equitable solutions to make California the healthiest state and to end domestic violence.
80% of health outcomes are not tied to health care—which is why we target root causes in our work to promote health equity and end domestic violence. We have carefully honed our strategies to focus on the following three areas:
We are implementing a refined strategic framework and measurement model that build on our existing efforts.
The COVID-19 pandemic exposed long-standing racial and economic injustices embedded in our health care system. This has led to a renewed commitment to improve health equity and address the drivers of health (DoH) that account for 80 percent of health outcomes and have a disproportionate impact on communities of color. These include stable, affordable housing; healthy food; reliable income; and interpersonal safety, among others.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October has been designated as a time to consider the long-lasting and significant personal and societal harms of domestic violence. Of course, the problem is not confined to one month a year; and it is both a cause and a result of issues our society grapples with, such as poverty, racial and gender inequity, and homelessness. This means solutions must include sectors not always associated with the cycle of abuse — like banking, social welfare, and housing. Fortunately, that is starting to happen.
With paid family leave on the agenda in D.C., we have an opportunity to ensure California’s experience informs a better federal policy.
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