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San joaquin valley T Health fund THE POWER OF COLLECTIVE ACTION IN THE SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY he voices that call for inclusivity, equity and justice are more important than ever. With the changing social and political landscape, the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund is committed to supporting those who are most impacted by deep inequities in the San Joaquin Valley. We stand with community organizations that are leading the way to create and promote policies for healthier comm unities throughout the region. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund (the Fund), a partnership of eleven re- gional, state and national funders in- cluding Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment, Rosenberg Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Dig- nity Health, Tides, Hellman Foundation and The James Irvine Foundation was established in 2014 to strengthen the capacity of communities and organiza- 70 CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | comstocksmag.com tions in the Valley to improve health and well-being by advancing programs and policy changes that promote commu- nity health, and racial and health equity for all. Since 2015, the Fund has invested more than $5 million to support 71 community partners in the nine coun- ties of Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Joaquin, Stan- islaus and Tulare. With increasing momentum, the partners this year developed a policy agenda that they presented to policymakers at Equity on the Mall, a 1,000-person rally at the California State Capitol in February. Their platform elevated key priorities needed to build a healthier future and achieve a golden state for all of the di- verse communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Those priorities include food se- curity, air quality, clean drinking water, housing, health care, education, em- ployment, immigrant rights, domestic violence, open space, neighborhood SHFCENTER.ORG safety, reproductive health and other drivers of health outcomes. The strength of the Fund’s model comes from the power of collective ac- tion and an equal partnership between philanthropy and community partners, in which residents are leaders in the transformation. Together, we will con- tinue to sow seeds to reduce inequities and promote health and opportunity throughout the San Joaquin Valley. The San Joaquin Valley Health Fund is managed by The Center. Learn more at www.shfcenter.org/sjvhealthfund. .