April 19, 2023

Advancing Health Equity

Our health and wellness are influenced by many factors especially the Social Determinants of Health. These factors impact conditions in which we were born in, and how we grow, live, work and age. These conditions affect your socioeconomic stability, physical environment, and access to food, education, transportation, housing, and healthcare. These factors have historically disadvantaged some more than others which is why we partner with many different organizations throughout San Diego County to address health inequities.

We believe health equity is possible when people can reach their fullest health potential. Health equity is at the core of our mission. It directs us to partner with organizations working to reduce and ultimately eliminate the disparities in conditions that adversely impact marginalized and under-resourced communities. Health equity also includes access to a nourishing environment.

In April, we celebrate Earth Day. It’s a time to recognize and appreciate the health benefits of safe parks, nature, clean air, and water. We hope you take some time to get outside this month and appreciate these events.

Grantee News

amina sheik mohammedUC San Diego Refugee Health Unit to Lead $13M Statewide Program for Newly Arrived Afghan Families

This is a “pivotal milestone” for the Refugee Health Unit, guided by Senior Director Amina Sheik Mohamed, MPH. In a recent update, Amina credits Alliance Healthcare Foundation for its “critical” early seed investment in the Refugee Health Unit program.

“We are forever grateful for your (AHF) trust and support during the community design process, which served as a catalyst for expanded programmatic development as well as additional philanthropic support. Since that time, the Refugee Health Unit has flourished and continues to exemplify our shared values through meaningful community partnerships to address structural inequities faced by refugee communities.” – Amina Sheik Mohamed, MPH

Funding Opportunities

Open Call – Yield Giving
Apply by June 12

This Mackenzie Scott initiative is focused on elevating organizations working with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States: communities, individuals, and families with access to the fewest foundational resources and opportunities. The registration period is open until June 12.

“Organizations best suited to this initiative are community-led, community focused, enabling individuals and families to achieve substantive improvement in their well-being through foundational resources. This includes, for instance, organizations providing access to health care, stable and affordable housing, education and job training, support for sustained employment, asset ownership, civic engagement, and other pathways. They may also be engaged in data collection and communication to amplify the voices of people and communities struggling against inequities.”  More info here.

Opioid & Stimulant Use Prevention & Education
$12 million in funding available

multiple logos with center for sierra healthThe Center at Sierra Health Foundation has opened applications for organizations addressing opioid use, stimulant use and polysubstance use in communities of color. Funding will be used to increase community understanding and increase access to treatment services.




Raising Mental Health Awareness within BIPOC Community
Therapy for ALL

wheels to heal flyer“Wheels to Heal” is a community-based fundraising event that allows the community to invest in mental health wellness and support for i2 grantee Urban Restoration Counseling Center’s Therapy for ALL program in a fun and exciting way. The goal is to raise mental health awareness within the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities.



Attn: Nonprofit Fundraising Professionals
This conference is for you

san diego fundraising conference bannerThe San Diego Foundation is organizing a full day of learning and best practices in fundraising from national experts and your local nonprofit colleagues.

  • Friday, Sept 8
  • Hilton Bayfront San Diego
  • Learn more here.


Attn: Social Entrepreneurs—Save the Date, Sept 14
2023 Innovation Day

Whether you’re a student, a professional, a philanthropist, a fellow nonprofit champion, or simply interested in learning about the latest advancements in San Diego – this event is for you. Organized by CONNECT, the goal is to bring together a diverse group of people to connect, network, and learn from each other by sharing their experiences, insights, and ideas. More info here.

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