Dignity Health will donate $ 1 million or more to non-profit organizations in the Sacramento area in 2019

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Health Dignity announced Thursday the distribution of $ 1.05 million this year to dozens of community organizations in Nevada, Sacramento and Yolo counties to address the health needs of the community outside the walls of its hospital.

The grants are intended to help the most vulnerable residents of the region: children at risk, victims of human trafficking and human trafficking, people with mental illness and dementia, homeless and ethnic groups high level of chronic diseases.

"At Dignity Health, we … understand that it does not start in our hospitals," said Liza Kirkland, Dignity Community Health and Outreach Manager. "It starts in our communities. Our role at Dignity Health is to place health care outside hospital walls to create and build healthier communities from the ground up. "

In total, Dignity will fund 14 projects, but only considers grant proposals from at least three collaborating organizations. In Nevada County, a drug treatment provider known as Community Recovery Resources works in partnership with the Grass Valley Police Service and the Homelessness Hospitality House to connect homeless residents with addiction treatment, housing and health care.

Ariel King Lovett, Deputy Managing Director of Community Recovery Resources, said that Dignity's funding and forward thinking Alex Gammelgard, Chief of Police, Grass Valley were the pillars for his organization to launch this program last year.

According to Lovett, when they encounter drug addicts in their public safety work, the police identify, control and, where appropriate, connect them to the health care services provided by Community Recovery Resources.

"When people were greeted with this immediacy, we achieved very good results with completion of treatment, above the national average, even in this population that has very high needs," said Lovett. "We do not consider completion of treatment as the only outcome. We are really working to get people housed, employed and stabilized as productive citizens in the community. "

The hospital provider has awarded grants of $ 92,958 to this Nevada County initiative, $ 104,000 to two projects in Yolo County and $ 851,214 to a dozen community projects in Sacramento County. He does not share how much he gave to each proposal.

Other beneficiaries of the grant include:

Latin American Coalition for a Healthy California, La Familia Consultation Center, Sacramento American Native Health Center and International Rescue Committee. Their work includes educating the Latino community about their health rights, the provision of culturally competent mental health services, and assistance to victims of human trafficking.

Food Literacy Center, Soil Born Farms and the Health Education Council. Their project aims to improve student health by sharing information on cooking and nutrition, giving students the opportunity to taste fresh vegetables and offering gardening classes to students and their caregivers.

Always hit, addicted to fishing and the bike lab. Their objectives include teaching young people how to cope with trauma and taking them on a journey away from the violence they may witness or experience in their area.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Sacramento, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento, Sacramento Police Foundation. They partner to provide youth at risk with volunteer mentors from law enforcement.

Yolo Hospice, CommuniCare and Fourth & Hope. They offer medical treatment, social services, spiritual counseling and medical transportation to people with life-threatening illnesses.

Yolo Community Care Continuum, Yolo County Suicide Prevention, Community Meals and Housing in Davis. They work together to improve the chances of stability for clients with psychiatric illness who have little or no support.

In the Sacramento area, half a dozen Dignity hospitals contribute to the grant program. These are Mercy General Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Mercy San Juan Medical Center, Hospital Methodist Sacramento, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital and Woodland Memorial Hospital. Dignity Health is a unit of the Chicago group CommonSpirit Health, formed on January 31st when Dignity Health completed its merger with Catholic Health Initiatives.

Kirkland stated that Dignity conducted a needs assessment every three years in each county to determine donations priorities, and was now working with a consultant to conduct the final assessment. They will interview non-profit workers individually and in focus groups. Kirkland said she was working hand-in-hand with non-profit organizations receiving grants to ensure that they met the success indicators.

"If we are able to empower and educate our community and help our community from the start, it will not be affected by some downstream ills," Kirkland said. "We are really trying to take a more upstream approach to health and a more holistic approach to health."