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California Wellness Foundation Announces $13.4 Million in Grants and Names Alex M. Johnson Program Director

Friday, May 25, 2018

Nearly one-quarter goes to those taking a stand for their own health

We recently approved $13.4 million in funding under our Advancing Wellness grants program. Almost a quarter of that funding went to help underrepresented groups raise their voices and advocate for policies that advance health and wellness.

For example, we supported improved access to postsecondary education for foster youth and homeless young people by awarding grants to California Youth Connection and SchoolHouse Connection. We protected affordable health coverage, including oral health care benefits, through a grant to Families USA. We helped sustain PolicyLink's health equity agenda. We supported survivors of the Thomas Fire and the subsequent mudslides through grants to the Ventura County Community Foundation and the United Way of Ventura County. We supported young people who are bravely demanding common-sense gun laws by supporting Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, and Mobilize the Immigrant Vote.

People from underrepresented groups of all ages will learn leadership and policy advocacy skills to improve health in their communities through grants made to: East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland; Inland Empowerment in Riverside and San Bernardino counties; Korean Resource Center for work in Orange County; Southeast Asian Community Alliance in Los Angeles; and Engage San Diego.

We invite you to learn more about our inspiring grantees and get involved!


Welcome Alex M. Johnson!

We hired a respected leader and advocate to oversee Promoting Violence Prevention

We're excited to announce that, effective June 4, Alex M. Johnson will join our team as a program director managing our grantmaking related to preventing violence.

Alex comes to us from Californians for Safety and Justice, where he was the managing director. While at CSJ, Alex led efforts calling for an end to over-incarceration and a renewed focus on safety priorities rooted in prevention and health.

He previously worked as executive director of Children’s Defense Fund-California, where he led statewide advocacy, policy, program and organizing efforts to ensure access to quality affordable health coverage and care for children and low-income families, reform the juvenile justice system, promote educational equity, end child poverty, and improve outcomes for children of color.

We're thrilled to have Alex on board and are excited for you to get to know him. 

Click here to learn More About Alex

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