Align systems with community priorities

In order to create lasting and equitable change, the people and communities who are most impacted by health inequities and domestic violence must have a central role in crafting their own solutions. Communities have direct knowledge of the historical factors, local resources, and issues created by or through the systems that do not meet their needs. Conversely, public systems need support to respond to and meet the changing needs of the communities that they exist to serve.

We advocate for and support solutions such as community-led processes, strategic policy shift, narrative change, and collaborative efforts that bring multiple sectors together to prioritize health and well-being. By supporting stronger and more responsive relationships between communities and systems, we support greater resilience in both.

“The chorus of voices calling out racial and economic inequality is growing louder and public systems are responding. Positive change has begun. And, if we support communities as they assert their priorities and needs, more will come."

—Richard Vezina, Senior Program Officer

Creating impact through systems change

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Meaningful change is possible when community priorities are supported and enabled by systems. To achieve that, we support:

  • Community-led efforts to create more responsive, inclusive, and equitable health systems and domestic violence systems
  • Policy and practice change in systems to institutionalize racial and gender equity, and fulfill the priorities of communities
  • Multisector collaborations as a powerful vehicle for systems change
  • The development of data to better understand the root causes of health inequities and domestic violence across our state
  • Policy wins and resource allocations for community-led initiatives
  • Narrative projects that expand community power


Grantee Year Grant Amount Region
Regents of the University of California at Berkeley 2022 $650,000 South
PICO California 2022 $600,000 Statewide
Human Impact Partners 2022 $500,000 Statewide
Urban Habitat 2022 $425,000 San Francisco Bay Area
ChangeLab Solutions 2022 $350,000 Statewide
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network 2022 $300,000 Statewide
Public Health Institute 2022 $300,000 Statewide
Prevention Institute 2022 $300,000 Statewide
Public Health Institute 2022 $200,000 Statewide
Public Health Institute 2022 $160,000 Statewide
California Common Cause 2022 $150,000 Statewide
Regents of the University of California at San Diego 2022 $150,000 South
The Regents of the University of California at Riverside 2022 $125,000 South
Communities Lifting Communities 2022 $110,000 South
TSNE MissionWorks 2022 $100,000 Statewide
Southern California Grantmakers 2022 $75,000 Los Angeles
University of Southern California 2021 $335,000 Statewide
Alliance for Justice 2021 $250,000 Statewide
California Community Foundation 2021 $250,000 Los Angeles
George Washington University 2021 $150,000 National

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The faces behind the work

Senior Program Officer

TC Duong

Program Officer

Fontane Lo

Senior Evaluation and Data Strategy Officer

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Program Manager

Director of Policy