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With $5.2 million in grants, Blue Shield of California Foundation's partners will help advance health equity and prevent domestic violence in communities across California.

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One in five women who become homeless in California flee their homes to escape violence and escalating abuse by an intimate partner, a new analysis of a statewide survey has reported.

Research indicates that an estimated 20 percent of health outcomes are linked to medical care; the remaining 80 percent stem from socioeconomic, environmental, and behavioral factors referred to as social drivers of health (DOH). These factors — such as homelessness, food insecurity, and exposure to intimate partner violence — are associated with chronic illness, mental health issues, acute hospitalizations, and high health care costs and disproportionately impact communities of color.

Continuing our commitment to make California the healthiest state and end domestic violence, Blue Shield of California Foundation made 27 grants totaling $7.8 million in the third quarter of 2023.

Three evaluation leaders, including our very own Chief Evaluation and Strategy Director, Ana Jackson, share how they are fostering more equitable approaches to evaluation to ensure they are putting the people they serve at the center of their work. 

Our grantees' work to end domestic violence is echoed in first-ever national plan to end gender-based violence.

Californians in general struggle to find and afford mental health treatment, but the access difficulties are magnified for survivors. These access challenges are often compounded by practical, cultural and linguistic barriers including — as in Lisbet’s case — the overwhelming nature of domestic violence, health insurance limitations, stigma and fear of turning to authorities for help.

The financial system has become an important new frontier in the fight against intimate partner violence. More than nine in 10 survivors of an abusive relationship experience economic abuse, according to the US National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. 

A USC Center for Health Journalism fellow shares tips and strategies defining “Impact Reporting”, a model that incorporates powerful narratives, unassailable data, and engagement, for journalists seeking to generate change in their own communities.

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