December 17 2016

Los Angeles, CA  –  The California Endowment announced this week the Fight4All Initiative to protect the health, safety and wellness of all Californians.  More than $25 million will be invested over three years beginning in January 2017.

“Recent national events have raised fundamental questions about who we are as Americans,” said Jane Garcia, Board President.  “Political and policy developments from Washington may well threaten the health, safety, and well-being of many of our communities, neighbors, and friends.  How we respond in this moment will say everything about who we are as Californians and a nation,” she added.  In November, the Board of Directors issued a statement that unequivocally affirmed its commitment to draw upon California’s core strengths of diversity, and its respect for the rights and dignity of all in order to ensure the health, safety and equity of Californians.

Since passage of the ACA, Californians have consistently demonstrated their commitment to providing everyone, regardless of immigration status, access to quality and affordable health care.  In 2016, the state expanded California-only Medicaid (Medi-Cal) to undocumented children, and in this last election cycle, voters approved three measures to allocate more state funding to Medi-Cal (Propositions 52, 55 and 56).  “California was a champion for the successful implementation of Affordable Care Act and was one of the first states to implement the Act,” said Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and CEO of The California Endowment.  “Undocumented and lower-income Californians have been at the core of our statewide Health4All campaign, and we will continue to support the fight to protect their wellness, health coverage, and safety net services.  We know that California’s Central Valley has the most to lose, as it is has the highest concentration of Medi-Cal recipients in the state and we cannot allow them to fall through the cracks.”

The Endowment expressed appreciation for California civic and political leaders who have recently affirmed the importance of a narrative of inclusion and well-being for all – and voiced expectations that other philanthropic organizations will join our state’s efforts to ensure that the health, safety, and well-being of all Californians is protected.

The Fight4All Initiative will be invested primarily with grantees of The Endowment’s Building Healthy Community campaign, with local and statewide partners.  These grantees and partners, with a demonstrated track record of advocating for the health and well-being of underserved populations, will be invited to submit proposals for funding.  Additional information will be posted on www.calendow.org in January.

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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