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Health Does Not Only Happen in a Doctor’s Office—it Also Happens in Our Homes, Our Schools, and Our Communities

Every aspect of our life impacts our health.

Access to affordable, quality health coverage when you’re sick is important, but we believe that Californians need neighborhood environments that support health.

Californians need neighborhoods where:

  • Children can ride bikes and play together in nearby parks
  • Parents can buy healthy, affordable foods at local markets
  • Everyone feels safe walking to school or work

Californians need schools where:

  • Quality school food and beverages are the norm
  • Exercise is part of the school day
  • Social-emotional health is promoted, leading to improved behavior and better decision-making

Whether you just stepped foot in California or you were born and raised here, we want your communities, and the local and statewide policies—or “rules”—that affect your life to work for everyone.

With smart grant making good leadership, and people power, we believe we can make the state of health in California better for all.

OUR REASON FOR BEING

Mission

The California Endowment’s mission is 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.

With smart grant making—which we call “change making”—good leadership, and people power, we believe we can make the state of health in California better for all. We don’t focus on prescriptions.

We focus on fixing broken systems and outdated policies, ensuring the balance of power is with the people.

We don’t focus on the individual, we focus on the larger community as an ecosystem of health. We work with citizens and elected leaders to find lasting solutions to impact the most people we possibly can.

The California Endowment’s mission is 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.

We call this “narrative change.” Second, integrate smart solutions in communities across the state. We do this by working with our partners and grantees to fundamentally change “the rules”—laws, policies, and systems—that impede health in our communities.

We follow the ABC’s of health equity

The core ingredients of health equity are Agency, Belonging, and Change Conditions. With these in place, there’s better health and more equity for everyone living in California.