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It Takes a Tribe: Building Trust and Partnership to Address Domestic Violence in Sacramento’s Native American Community

December 31, 2017

This toolkit highlights factors that influence the way Native American women handle domestic violence. In addition, it provides useful tips that domestic violence programs, interventions, or centers can follow to support Native women and help them get appropriate care when facing domestic violence.

Capacity for All

November 1, 2014

Although BSCF has not completed a full-scale evaluation of all of its capacity-building work, it does have preliminary data based on early efforts and grantee interviews. This feedback alone provides the Foundation with clear evidence and options for other funders to take on capacity building using similar tactics at the field level. Key takeaways include: organizational networks are forming Perhaps the greatest benefit to field-level capacity building is the networking that reinforces the connections created. Instead of competing for limited resources, grantees are now brought together by the same funder, and under the same roof, to share their experiences around a common cause. Key to creating this type of field-level impact is first creating the space for these foundational relationships to take place. leaders are stepping up Evaluation data from BSCF's leadership development programs show that participants feel better prepared to assume high-level roles after their training, and existing senior leaders recognize a growing cadre of qualified up-and-comers with the confidence and ability to enter field-level leadership roles, even at regional and statewide levels. operational savvy is growing Technical assistance outcomes, while perhaps relatively easy to measure at the organizational level, are harder to quantify at the field level. However, conversations within both fields have shifted to reflect greater capacity and understanding in finance, management, data, technology and collaboration. For example, mergers were once thought of only as negative last-ditch options for safety net providers and domestic violence organizations. Thanks to BSCF-funded technical assistance, this opinion has changed and we continue to see more and more successful mergers among BSCF grantees and across the entire field. field leaders are more connected Leaders throughout the domestic violence field (and to some extent the community health center field as well) say that they feel more connected to their peers and have more opportunities to discuss ideas and work in collaboration. In particular, participants in the Strong Field Project report more knowledge sharing and more common language and frameworks used when discussing issues important to the field and its future.

Preventing Violence in the Homes of Military Families

June 1, 2013

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OIF/OEF), have demanded unprecedented service at every level of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines. For the first time in our military history, active duty, reservists, and guard servicemen and women have been required to complete multiple deployments. These repeated, lengthy deployments combined with limited family "dwell" time in between have deteriorated the stability of many military families. Of the almost two million Americans returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, many arrive home with serious mental health conditions and injuries that increase relationship stress, marital strain, and family violence.The first large-scale, nongovernmental assessment of the psychological needs of OIF/OEF service members, released by the Rand Corporation in 2008, revealed that 38 percent of these combat veterans suffered from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), major depression, traumatic brain injury, or some combination of the three -- yet less than half had sought treatment. Figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) suggest that these numbers have almost doubled; Forty-four percent of those who came to the VA for help have been diagnosed with one or more mental health issue. This psychological and emotional toll on our veterans has put them at greater risk of perpetrating family violence. Research has found that:Male veterans with PTS are two to three times more likely to engage in intimate partner violence, compared to those without PTS -- up to six times higher than the general civilian population.81% of veterans suffering from depression and PTS have engaged in at least one violent act against their partner in the past year.Over half of veterans with PTS performed one severe act of violence in the past year -- more than 14 times higher than the general civilian population.However, the confluence of domestic violence, Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTS, and other mental health injuries among war veterans is by no means fully understood at this point, and requires greater analysis and investigation.

Strengthening the Safety Net: Core Support for Community Clinics

January 1, 2007

This document summarizes findings from the first, comprehensive evaluation of Blue Shield of California Foundation's (BSCF's) Core Support Initiative. Between 2003 and 2006, BSCF invested more than $12 million in nearly 200 community health clinics, parent corporations and clinic consortia/networks. These grants provided clinics with the flexibility to cover whatever they needed most, from untiltiy bills to hiring new staff to expanding services. Among the findings: core support stabilizes clinics and therefore strengthens the entire safety net, helps clinics raise additional funds, and boosts staff morale. The full report, "Core Support Initiative Evaluation," also is available through the NNCG Knowledge Center.

Core Support Initiative Evaluation

April 26, 2006

In 2004-05, the Blue Shield of California Foundation (BSCF) provided over $10 million in core support funding to 175 community health clinics, clinic parent corporations, and clinic consortia/networks through its Core Support Initiative. The goal of the Initiative was to strengthen the network of front-line health care providers in California that provide care to California's low income and uninsured populations through the provision of core operating support (also known as general operating support). Grantees were provided two consecutive oneyear grants. Grant sizes ranged from $7,400 to $60,000. This evaluation report shares observations about the impact and perceptions of BSCF's investment, based on information gathered from surveys and telephone interviews.