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The Advancing Wellness Poll

October 20, 2016

The very places that should feel healthy and safe – homes and neighborhoods – don't for many Californians. A new report released today finds one third of Californians consider their communities unhealthy places to live. Among low-income residents, that number is nearly half.The Advancing Wellness Poll, funded by The California Wellness Foundation, finds that problems such as rising income inequality, crime, environmental pollution and lack of economic opportunity are taking a toll on Californians' health and wellness – and residents know it. These findings follow national research showing California now has the greatest health disparities in the country, and they disproportionally impact low-income residents and people of color."Where we live, work and play shouldn't determine our health and wellness," said Judy Belk, president and CEO of The California Wellness Foundation. "But for too many Californians, the safety of our neighborhoods, the quality of our schools, the cleanliness of our environment and our ability to earn a living where we live affect our well-being."The Foundation funded the Advancing Wellness Poll to hear directly from Californians about their health and what it means to live in a healthy community. The poll, conducted by Field Research Corporation, surveyed nearly 2,200 California adults in seven languages and dialects to capture perspectives across the state's diverse populations. The Foundation also is partnering with Zócalo Public Square to share the stories behind the data and spark conversations about health and wellness in communities facing health disparities."By lifting community voices, we can jumpstart critical conversations about barriers to health and wellness in California," said Richard Tate, Cal Wellness' vice president of public affairs. "The Advancing Wellness Poll is a powerful tool for policymakers, foundations and community leaders as we work to address the root causes of health inequities across the state."The poll finds that those impacted most by health disparities in California want community groups to take an active role in closing those gaps. Zócalo's stories illustrate how communities across the state are taking innovative steps to create healthier people and places.In San Bernardino, La'Nae Norwood, a self-proclaimed "poster child for the school to prison pipeline," demonstrates how mentorship, support and meaningful opportunities can disrupt that pipeline.Jean Howell, M.D., is promoting wellness in Chico among local Native American communities by embracing practices of mindfulness and meditation that are inherent in their culture and traditions.In the Bay Area, Mike Wilson is working with labor unions and environmental organizations to promote policies and regulations that will prevent the type of damage the Richmond oil refinery disaster wrought on workers' and the community's health four years ago.The Foundation will use these findings to guide its grantmaking and establish benchmarks to track its progress.

Centering On: Equity, Advocacy, Access: The California Wellness Foundation Annual Report

November 9, 2015

Our Annual Report highlights a key theme that has resonated throughout our work over the past year. Centering our work on equity, advocacy and access grounds our grantmaking and guides every facet of the Foundation. We see health equity as the central goal of our grantmaking mission. Advocacy and access are the primary means by which we pursue it. Together, these elements drive our commitment to improve the health of the people of California.

2015 Cal Wellness-Field Health Policy Survey: Updating State Voter Views of the Affordable Care Act and It's Implementation in California

August 26, 2015

The Field Poll has released results from the 2015 Cal Wellness -- Field Health Policy Survey. Conducted under a grant from the California Wellness Foundation, the survey finds that registered California voters increasingly support implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in California and report higher levels of satisfaction with the health care system than they did prior to its passage. About the Survey:Population surveyed: California registered voters.Number of interviews: 1,555 interviews completed, including augmented samples of Asian American voters.Method of data collection: Random samples of registered voters sampled by cell and landline telephone using live interviewers.Languages of administration: English, Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin, Tagalog, Korean, Vietnamese and Hindi.Sampling error: Overall findings have a sampling error of +/- 2.6 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.Topics covered in the current pollUpdating California voter views of the Affordable Care Act.Importance of Medi-Cal to voters and their families. Is the program successful in meeting its goals?Should Medi-Cal be expanded to cover the undocumented?Has the state been successful in implementing the ACA and in establishing Covered California?Satisfaction with the way the overall health care system is working in California. How have opinions changed over time?Challenges still facing the state with regard to health care affordability.Voter views about other new policies being discussed in the state.

Pivoting Quickly: Responding Effectively to Unforeseen Health Challenges

November 27, 2013

The field of philanthropy is adept at planning grantmaking programs that are designed to address defined issues and can include components, phases, evaluations and other facets that strategically promote our respective missions. But what about the unforeseen? How can funders respond effectively and quickly to emerging issues? For The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF), these answers are often found in the world of public health. With grantmaking dollars set aside for special projects, the founation is able to pivot quickly in pursuit of our mission to improve the health of the people of California.TCWF's Annual Report 2012 also provides an update on the Foundation's activities for the year, financial statements and a list of the year's grants.

Mission Focused Funding Supporting Nonprofit Sustainability in the Tumult of a Recession

January 28, 2013

This report is an evaluation of The California Wellness Foundation's (TCWF) grantmaking. Past evaluations of TCWF's core operating report (COS) funding strategy demonstrated that COS has been successful in building organizational sustainability and capacity, as well as helping grantee organizations leverage funds, increase credibility, and build trust with TCWF -- but those studies took place during much better economic times. This report was prepared by Harder+Company Community Research to explore the effects of the COS funding strategies under the far more difficult economic circumstances of 2009 and 2010. Of the 581 grantee organizations with active grants in 2009 and/or 2010, 424 responded to the evaluation survey, reflecting a 73 percent response rate. Through an analysis of TCWF documents and databases, financial data, survey data, and case studies, this report seeks to answer the following evaluation questions: What was the impact of the recession on TCWF grantees?How were the 2009 and 2010 TCWF COS grants used? What was the impact of the 2009 and 2010 COS grants on organizations?By evaluating the COS grants that were active in 2009 and 2010 -- years that include the official end of the recession and its immediate aftermath -- we were able to identify the effects of this type of funding during a period of major financial strain for most nonprofits. This is a unique opportunity to learn about COS that could inform funding practices now and into the future. The findings from this evaluation reveal that in the midst of the recession, TCWF has supported and even strengthened organizations in a variety of important -- and even surprising --ways. This summary highlights key findings, while the full report provides further detail.

California Wellness Foundation 2010 Annual Report

October 6, 2011

Contains message from the board chair and the president, 2010 highlights, an analysis of California's healthcare workforce shortages, program information, application guidelines, grants list, financial statements, and lists of board members and staff.

Liberty Hill Foundation: Capacity Building for Minority-Led and Minority-Serving Organizations

August 31, 2011

Examines the impact, promising strategies, and lessons of the California Wellness and Weingart foundations' grants to the Liberty Hill Foundation to fund a capacity-building program for health and human services organizations serving mainly minorities.

The California Wellness Foundation 2010 Grants Program Survey Final Report

August 6, 2010

Presents results of TCWF's fifth survey of grants applicants on its funding approach and priorities, interactions with staff, leadership in health and wellness philanthropy, and materials and information, including suggestions for the Web site.

California Wellness Foundation - 2009 Annual Report: Weathering the Storm

August 3, 2010

Contains message from the board chair and the president, a feature on the healthcare safety net crisis in California, program information, application guidelines, grants list, financial statements, and lists of board members and staff.

California Wellness Foundation - 2008 Annual Report: Passions, Dreams & Vision

July 30, 2009

Contains mission statement, message from the board chair and the president, feature on the foundation's leadership recognition awards, program information, grants list, financial statements, and lists of board members and staff.

Grantmaking That Lasts: Key Findings From the Evaluation of TCWF's Responsive Grantmaking Program

June 4, 2009

Summarizes an evaluation of TCWF's grantmaking between July 2001 and December 2006. Based on surveys and case studies, examines the grants' impact on TCWF's goals; impact on the grantee; long-term impact of grants; and grantees' experience with grants.

Key Findings: California Young Adult Workforce Survey

February 9, 2009

Presents survey results on the views of the state's youth on the economy, job security, employment prospects, and influences on job choice, as well as their attitudes toward work in the healthcare sector.