Partnerships February & March 2023
Welcome to the new CEMI partners!
We at The Center are pleased to announce the second round of grantees through our new Community Economic Mobilization Initiative (CEMI). CEMI focuses on diversifying the nonprofits involved in receiving and directing federal and state climate-resilient economic development initiatives.

These grantees below embody CEMI's intent to increase opportunities for community organizations to decide how public funds are spent and diversify who receives those funds.

-         Anti-Recidivism Coalition
-         Foundation for California Community Colleges (LAUNCH)
-         Los Angeles Black Worker Center
-         Working Partnerships USA

We especially thank our partner The James Irvine Foundation for their partnership in selecting these first grantees through the funder-designated Advised Fund.

“It’s an honor for the Irvine Foundation to support this group of grantees working to ensure that the billions of dollars of public funds coming to California communities are distributed and deployed to advance equity and inclusion,” said Don Howard, President & CEO, The James Irvine Foundation. “We are proud that CEMI provides community organizations with resources and support, so they can govern how these new state and federal resources are invested for infrastructure and economic recovery.”

Our team is currently reviewing proposals for funding through CEMI’s pooled funds. In the coming weeks, we will announce additional grantee partners.

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Youth participate in native weaving techniques.
Photo courtesy of Elevate Youth California funded partner Save California Salmon
Elevate Youth California 2022 Annual Report highlights program and partner successes
The Department of Health Care Services and The Center released the Elevate Youth California 2022 Annual Report (.pdf), which highlights grantee partner accomplishments; local movement building; youth empowerment, leadership and development; demographics of youth who are engaged; capacity building activities and funding awarded.

Elevate Youth California is a program of the California Department of Health Care Services funded through Proposition 64. This statewide program provides funding and technical assistance for organizations that are developing or increasing community substance use disorder prevention, outreach and education focused on youth. Sierra Health Foundation: Center for Health Program Management (The Center) is contracted to support program implementation.
Chet P. Hewitt honored as Most Admired CEO
This month, president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation, Chet P. Hewitt was honored by the Sacramento Business Journal as one of the region's Most Admired CEOs in the nonprofit category.

Each year, the magazine honors outstanding chief executives (and those holding equivalent titles - including, but not limited to, owner, executive director, president and managing principal) in the Sacramento metropolitan area leading for-profit and nonprofit companies. Those who are selected each year are invited to a special dinner where they are recognized as innovators, role models and exceptional leaders.
Pictured above are the 'Most Admired CEOs' from the Sacramento region.
Photo courtesy of Tia Gemmell with the
Chet P. Hewitt with his wife (left) and delivering his speech (center) at the 'Most Admired CEOs' dinner hosted by the Sacramento Business Journal. To the right, Hewitt is with Kaying Hang, President of The Center.
Syringe Push: Amid an overdose crisis, a California grant that helped syringe programs is drying up. The story highlights two of Sierra Health Foundation's funded partners including Harm Reduction Coalition of Santa Cruz County and Sidewalk Project in LA.
Read this Los Angeles Times article.
Pictured above: Soma Snakeoil hands out socks, Narcan, lunches, towels, tampons, condoms, clothing and harm reduction items.

World Tournament: California set to host Homeless World Cup soccer tournament. Sierra Health Foundation is a proud sponsor of the games.

Read this Spectrum News article.
Pictured above: Chris Zaccaria refereeing a Street Soccer USA Sacramento game.
Photo courtesy of Jamie Kennedy / Spectrum News.
Gun Violence: The National Institute for Criminal Justice Reform recently published "National Cost of Gun Violence: The Price Tag for Taxpayers." Among the many findings in the report, researchers found that the total direct cost of gun homicides and non-fatal shootings is over $20 billion per year.

Read the complete report.
Sacramento Kings Grant Kings and Queens Rise New Award
The Sacramento Kings, in partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks, launched the award-winning initiative, Team Up for Change in 2019 in an effort to unite, inspire and activate youth around a shared commitment and call for racial equality and social justice.

This month, a half-day event featured changemakers, innovators, and experts throughout the Sacramento region working in the pursuit of more equitable communities.

This unique convening is designed to provide insight into the social justice movement, explore strategies to combat systemic racism and showcase voices driving sustainable change. The Sacramento Kings Foundation also awarded The Center at Sierra Health Foundation $20,000 to continue the Kings and Queens Rise co-ed Basketball league, a violent reduction strategy of The Center. 
Pictured above: Matt Cervantes, Managing Director of Healthy Youth Development at Sierra Health Foundation holds the $20,000 check provided by a Sacramento Kings official.
Equity on the Mall
After a two-year hiatus, Equity on the Mall returns to an in-person convening on the West Steps of the California State Capitol. Hear the voices of Central Valley residents on a day filled with action and advocacy.

We can't wait to see you there!

For more information and to RSVP, visit the Eventbrite invitation.
Cultivation of the Heart:
Centering Hope for Youth Engaged in Gun Violence

Julius Thibodeaux-Hasan (author and director of Movement 4 Life) and Scott Budnick (founder of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition and CEO of 1Community) joined Chet P. Hewitt and guests to reflect on the urgency of reforming the carceral system, the power of centering people with lived experience in finding solutions and the hope we must have for our youth.

The conversation was grounded in Julius recently published memoir, Cultivation of the Heart.

Watch the conversation.

If you would like a copy of Cultivation of the Heart, send us an email with your mailing address. We have a limited number to share. 
Pictured to the right: Julius Thibodeaux-Hasan, Scott Budnick and Chet P. Hewitt at Sierra Health Foundation.
Mourning Deaths in the SHF Family
Earl “Trey” Washburn (board member) 

Earl R. (Trey) Washburn M.D. passed away on December 19, 2022, in his home in Placerville, California. Trey served on the Sierra Health Foundation board of directors for 16 years (2001 - 2017) and held several board leadership positions, including a term as chairperson of the board.

He is survived by wife Marian Washburn, sons Daniel (Kristina), Alex (Joanna), brother Steven (Kathy), grandchildren Addison, Jack, Lucy and Samuel, honorary daughter Soledad Martinez Montequin (Mikel) and many dearly loved cousins.

He lived a life of humor, music, learning, family, and service to his community. Trey spent his entire professional career as a Pediatrician in Placerville, while also serving as Chief of Staff at Marshall Hospital, Placerville; Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at UC Davis Medical School; Advisor to P.R.I.D.E. and Joy; member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County; and Commissioner of First Five California, El Dorado County.

As well as his local affiliations, Trey served with great pride in leadership roles with Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society, California Medical Association House of Delegates and the American Medical Association House of Delegates.

Read more here
Early "Trey" Washburn
Warren Daniels
Warren Daniels (HLP alumni)

Warren Daniels was a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, National Certified Addiction Counselor, Certified Criminal Justice Professional, Licensed Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Chemical Dependency Intervention Specialist prior to earning his Master of Arts Degree in Addictive Disorders. He was also a graduate of the Sierra Health Foundation Health Leadership Program.

Warren was the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of CoRR/ Granite Wellness Centers and Foundation. He was a prominent leader, served on many commissions and committees in Placer and Nevada County, and held numerous positions on the CAADAC and CCAPP Board of Directors.

Warren enjoyed family events, attending concerts, music cruises, golfing with friends, attending conferences, as well as social and fundraising events in the community and beyond. He will be missed by all.
Read more here.
Amy Briesenick

Amy Briesenick, Assistant Conference Manager
Danae Lamarche, Senior Administrative Assistant
Edgar Trujillo, Program Assistant
Travis Wells, Senior Program Associate


Christina Craner, Program Officer
Shelley Dyer, Interim Managing Director for Community and Economic Development
Erin Hassett, Evaluation Associate
Gianna Partee, Program Associate
Noah Penley, Operations Manager, Community Engagement and Facilities
Scott Sent, Interim Chief Financial Officer
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