It’s no secret that most Americans are dissatisfied with healthcare options. The Community Foundation of San Joaquin is doing something about it.
As part of a multi-year plan to improve health care services, health outcomes and medical education in San Joaquin and Calaveras counties, the nonprofit is committed to spending $2 million on the cause.
At the end of December, Moses Zapien, president and CEO of the Community Foundation announced it would award $177,000 in health grants to reach its improvement goals in the region.
“We are proud to support this year’s grant recipients whose work will help move the needle of progress by focusing on ‘growing’ our own healthcare workforce and improving health outcomes in the area,” Zapien said in a press release.
The five grant recipients for 2017 are: University of the Pacific ($50,000), Lodi Unified School District, Adventist Health Lodi Memorial, G.O.T. Kids Foundation and Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation ($50,000), Health Careers Academy, Stockton Unified School District ($50,000), San Joaquin Medical Society ($15,000) and San Joaquin Delta College and the San Joaquin Area Health Sector Partnership ($12,000).
All awardees are nonprofit organizations and public agencies that have backgrounds in primary, secondary and higher education, workforce development and medicine.
Each grant was awarded to carry out a different project as well as support collaboration within the Central Valley healthcare industry by creating partnerships with 20 other local organizations.
Projects include funding scholarships, paying for new positions that support healthcare careers and developing programs within the community that teach health practices as well as encourage health careers.
The grants were awarded on a competitive basis to organizations in both counties that applied for funding. A Grants Committee reviewed all requests and scored each one based on a standardized rubric.