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"The Guaranteed Income Pooled Fund provides us with the opportunity to invest in a first-of-its-kind statewide initiative that creates a path to economic security, and one that ultimately leads to greater health equity and well-being in communities where it is needed most,” said Asma Day, program manager working to strengthen economic security and mobility at Blue Shield of California Foundation.

A study by Carolyn Wang Kong, and our own Ana Jackson and Courtnee Hamity, along with Jennifer Green, sheds light on gaps in state health equity data for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, and shows the need for better representation for this fastest growing racial and ethnic group. 

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.

This set of grants was designed to support work rooted in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to address the current COVID-19 crisis and also work toward systemic redesign and upstream solutions.

In a California statewide survey sponsored by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, 1918 adults were asked about the impact COVID-19 had on their personal lives.  Some of the findings around domestic violence according to PerryUndem, a non-partisan public opinion research firm, is 9 in 10 Californians feel domestic violence is a serious problem and two-thirds consider domestic violence to be a public issue that should be addressed by all of us

Unhealthy cultural norms for male behavior, referred to as toxic masculinity, are widespread. In a recent statewide survey by the Blue Shield of California Foundation of almost 2,000 Californians from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, a majority of respondents said they felt “our” culture (interpreted as either mainstream White culture, or their own culture), pressures men to conform to gender norms such as being aggressively competitive and dominating or being in charge of others.

Amid a pandemic that shined a harsh light on domestic violence, Californians are increasingly viewing these abuses as a pressing social issue, according to a new survery of nearly 2,000 adults.

Carolyn Wang Kong, Chief Program Director of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, will receive Grantmakers In Health’s 2021 Terrance Keenan Leadership Award in Health Philanthropy. The award recognizes outstanding health grantmakers whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, and outstanding achievement.

Last week, a coalition of funders launched the California Black Freedom Fund (CBFF) to finance Black-led organizations throughout the state. Along with its explicit support for Black leadership, the fund is notable for its focus on power-building, according to Akonadi Foundation President Lateefah Simon.

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