July 28 2017

Lifts Up Community Voices Against Exclusion

Los Angeles, Calif., (July 28, 2017) – The California Endowment today reaffirms its “Fight for All” initiative, a $25 million fund initially created in December, to support California residents and communities targeted by attacks coming from Washington, D.C. The fund is designed to ensure the voices of those who gained access to health care through California’s Medi-Cal expansion have been heard.

To date, several million dollars from the fund have been used to support local and online community organizing, and to amplify voices via advocacy, outdoor advertising and media.

In addition to resisting the exclusion of millions of people from health coverage, the Fight for All fund aims to fight exclusion or bias of any kind that is based on gender identity, religion, race or any other form of discrimination.

“The Fight for All fund was created to stand along side those whose health and lives are threatened by attacks on their coverage, their immigration status, or simply on who they are as human beings. So our support for lifting up their voices will not skip a beat today, but will continue forward,” said Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO of The California Endowment.

The Endowment will continue to support residents and organizations representing those with the most at stake in defending coverage and seeing progress toward Health and Justice for All.

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About The California Endowment

The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org.

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