Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society Alliance
Community Grants & Scholarships
Since 2012, The Art of Medicine (AOM) has allowed SSVMSA to award $225,860 in Community Health Grants and $81,250 in Medical and Nursing school scholarships to local students. SSVMSA is a 501(c)(3) which has donated over $1,200,000 during its history since 1931. We are an all-volunteer organization: 100% of the proceeds from the 2018 Art of Medicine directly fund our grant and scholarship programs for 2018 and 2019.CLICK HERE to view the application and guidelines for 2019-2020 Community Grants
In 2019, the Make-A-Wish Foundation became one of our grant recipients for their Adopt-A-Wish program which grants a wish to one critically ill child. Our child is Xavier, age 5, who has spinal muscular atrophy and it was determine he was a candidate for a Tobii Eye Gaze Device which will aid in his communication abilities. We, as an Alliance, are proud and excited to be a part of his and his family’s journey by granting his wish to have one of these devices.
2020 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS
ALBIE AWARE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION
Breast health education brochures and laminated cards in both English and Spanish handed out at their Breast Health & Education workshops.
Allows 15 low-income schools the ability to bus area students to the Museum of Medical History for field trips.
SAINT JOHN’S PROGRAM FOR REAL CHANGE
Provide First Aid supplies, TB Serum test and training for 30 employees in First Aid for infant and toddlers, CPR and bloodbourne pathogens.
A WARREN MCCLASKEY ADULT CENTER
Update an aging teaching kitchen along with establishing an outdoor classroom used in their Project Green healthy eating classes serving disabled adults.
MERCY HOUSING CALIFORNIA
Purchase 12 8 ft heavy duty metal picnic tables for the common areas of Quinn Cottages serving formerly homeless residents.
SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
Update three Assistive Technology classrooms and provide Language Software and Braille instruction materials for ESL-Braille Courses used in job training for blind and low vision adults.
BOY & GIRLS CLUBS OF GREATER SACRAMENTO
Help fund their Triple Play program demonstrating how eating smart, keeping fit and forming relationships adds to a healthy lifestyle (Mind-Body-Soul) for disadvantaged youth.
SACRAMENTO FOOD BANK & FAMILY SERVICES
Purchase a double chamber commercial vacuum sealer to repack, seal and safely store bulk foods allowing for an increase in the amount of the goods that can be distributed to those in need.
CHILDREN'S CHOICE FOR HEARING AND TALKING
Funds will be used to help purchase a Verifit2 Hearing Instrument Fitting Systems to ensure infants and small children with diagnosed with hearing loss in the California Children Services program can be properly fitted with hearing aids.
MAKE A WISH
NORTHEASTERN & CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
Grant one wish to a critically ill child in the Greater Sacramento Region whose wish is to give back to their community through the Adopt-A-Wish program.
THE WILLOW CLINIC
Provide an examination table, endovaginal probe, hygiene supplies, and health education materials for their Women’s Clinic serving the homeless.
MENTAL HEALTH CALIFORNIA
Provide three Mental Health First Aid (an evidence based program) training sessions to approximately 60 to 75 local boys and men of color in the Del Paso Heights and Natomas neighborhoods.
LOAVES & FISHES
Purchase five eight-seat picnic tables and twelve new outdoor umbrellas with stands for their Friendship Park.
STANFORD SETTLEMENT NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER
Replace gas range in the Senior Center serving 70 breakfasts two day per week; Bone density screening and first aid kits for 100 attending their Annual Senior Health and Information Fair; purchase a blood pressuremonitor to be used by nurse volunteers at their Senior Center.
Fund the child development assessment and parent education for 50 homeless children enrolled in their child development center along with healthy meals, snacks, formula, diapers, and educational toys/tools for one year.
YES 2 KOLLEGE
Help expand their Minority Health Professions Mentors program for African-American students in the 6th through 12th grades, who are interested in becoming doctors or allied health professional. Funds will cover rent for conference rooms, materials, and updating current video.
2018 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS
ELICA HEALTH CENTERS
Funds will be used to purchase four Midmark IQ Vital Diagnostic Monitors used in Elica’s centers locally serving thousands of low-income, medically underserved in the Sacramento Valley. Data is automatically linked with electronic medical records minimizing errors and improving patient care.
RIVER CITY FOOD BANK
Provide fresh food and non-food items in their Arden-Arcade food distribution operation serving 24,000 low income residents in that area.
YES 2 KOLLEGE
Help expand their Minority Health Professions Mentors program for African-American students in the 6th through 12th grades, who are interested in becoming doctors or allied health professional. Funds will cover rent for conference rooms, materials, job shadow and college tour expenses.
SAINT JOHN'S PROGRAM FOR REAL CHANGE-$10,000
Fully stock medical examination rooms in their newly opened shelter along with providing health and safety supplies for their kitchen which services 270 homeless women and children nightly. The program provides shelter along with helping develop the personal habits and professional skills to maintain lives of productivity and independence.
SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
Provide vital assistive tools and technology for blind and low-vision seniors enrolled in their Senior Programs. This will include white canes, bump dots, and recorders that aid in maintaining an independent life. Expected number served: 445
Fund the child development assessment and parent education for 50 homeless children enrolled in their child development center along with diaper bags (along with diapers and wipes) for 40 participating mothers.
SACRAMENTO LOAVES AND FISHES
Purchase commercial grade double ovens for their kitchen which serves 500 to 800 homeless daily.
2017 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS
SACRAMENTO FOOD BANK & FAMILY SERVICES - $10,000
Provide fresh produce, grains, dairy, meat and seasonal crops along with educational materials for 9-10 new food distribution sites serving 135,000.
FRIENDS OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE FAIR - $10,000
Sponsor a food safety exhibit “Fight Bac(teria) in the Kitchen” developed by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture which will educate approximately 100,000 fairgoers about healthy food preparation and storage to prevent illness.
ST. JOHN’S PROGRAM FOR REAL CHANGE - $5,000
A year long after school fitness and education program for 144 youth housed in the St. John’s Shelter.
CORDOVA COMMUNITY COUNCIL - $7,000
Funds will purchase 1,420 bicycle helmets for children who complete a bicycle safety course by the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League.
SACRAMENTO LIFE CENTER - $5,000
SSVMSA will cover the cost of 100 baby baskets given to low income women and teens who complete their prenatal and parenting education program to reduce the financial strain of becoming a mother
A TOUCH OF UNDERSTANDING - $4,500
Provide 10,000 Adventure Booklets for ATOU’s workshop which combat bullying and increase understanding of children with disabilities.
CCHAT CENTER (Childrens Choice for Hearing and Talking) - $3,500
Provide equipment for the Hear from the Start program to support mainstream classroom integration for 300 students with hearing loss and use of assisted listening technology.
Provide funding and materials for 3 physician-led womens’ health seminars with 75-120 Attendees per session. In addition, funds to update the library’s health education materials.
THE SOLDIERS PROJECT - $3,300
Providing a safety net for the psychological care of the military who have seen war and their families. Funds will also be used to help educate the public of the psychological consequences of war.
MERCER VETERINARY CLINIC FOR THE HOMELESS - $7,000
Funds will help provide veterinary care for companion animals of Sacramento’s homeless. UC Davis veterinary students and volunteer supervisory veterinarians provide services.
WEAVE - $3,500
Funds will be used to purchase medical equipment, produce/purchase community wellness information, and to provide basic first aid to families upon their exit from the Safehouse.
FOOD LITERACY CENTER- $5,000
Classes taught at afterschool programs for K-6th grade on nutrition, cooking nutritious foods and choices for healthy habits.
UC DAVIS MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL - $5,000
Tuition free course for 25-95 y.o.,on the prevention and management of age-related health issues. Each course is 6 weeks and 12 class sessions, taught by UC Davis Health Science faculty.
CAMP KESEM UC DAVIS - $5,000
Camp Kesem focuses on children 6-16 y.o., who are affected by their parent’s cancer. Funds awarded are for the backpack adventure to Camp Leoni Meadows, which supports 13-16 y.o. attending the camp.
UCP Autism Center for Excellence - $5,000
Supports 4 autistic children to go to a specialized summer camp, Grizzly Creek Ranch. The children will receive 1:1 staff to camper ration and a full-time camp nurse to enjoy the full array of summer camp fun.
CCHAT - $10,000“Mainstream Support Program” trains teachers and speech therapists on classroom best practices for students with hearing loss and the use of assistive listening technology. Funds will purchase the materials and equipment needed to conduct large training sessions for the coming academic year.
MARYHOUSE - LOAVES AND FISHES - $6,300Maryhouse is Loaves & Fishes hospitality center for the homeless women and their children of Sacramento. Funds will buy seven outdoor benches for Maryhouse’s guest to use in the patio garden.
2015 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS
CHILDREN’S RECEIVING HOME OF SACRAMENTO - $6,375
Since 1944, The Children’s Receiving Home of Sacramento has provided compassionate care for children and youth who have nowhere else to turn. SSVMSA will provide funding for recurring disposable medical supplies and for an automated external defibrillator for the medical clinic.
MERCY HOUSING - $2,000
Mercy Housing program operates affordable housing for families, seniors and people with special needs who lack economic resources to access affordable housing. SSVMSA will fund a new project, “Matters of Balance.”
ARTHUR A. BENJAMIN HEALTH PROFESSIONS HIGH SCHOOL
Arthur A. Benjamin Health Professions High School’s running program will teach the students the value of physical fitness. SSVMSA will match funds that students raise to purchase running shoes and pay fees for locally organized races.
LOAVES AND FISHES - $4,000
Loaves and Fishes serves the poor and homeless of Sacramento’s community providing meals and shelter, while addressing other issues of mental and physical illness. SSVMSA will fund the purchase of 100 sleeping bags for use at their shelter.
CAMP KESEM AT UC DAVIS - $5,000
Camp Kesem UC Davis is a university student-run program that offers summer camp experience for the children of families touched by cancer. SSVMSA will sponsor the teen back-packing trip.
KEATON RAPHAEL MEMORIAL
Keaton Raphael Memorial supports children with cancer and their families by providing emotional, educational and financial support. SSVMSA will fund 100 food and/or transportation vouchers for the KRM families.
THE ELDER AND HEALTH LAW CLINIC
The Elder and Health Law Clinic is a legal clinic at University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law. The clinics are student-run, and SSVMSA will help support their community educational outreach program for the upcoming year.
A TOUCH OF UNDERSTANDING
ATOU’s three-hour workshop gives students an opportunity to explore what it may be like to have a disability. SSVMSA funds will support the cost of workshops and necessary materials for the 2015-2016 school year.
SACRAMENTO LIFE CENTER - $5,000
The Sacramento Life Center serves women and teen girls who are pregnant and do not know how to cope with the responsibility of being a new mother. SSVMSA will cover the cost of 100 baby baskets given to low-income women and teens with a starter kit to help them weather the financial strain of having a child.
2014 COMMUNITY GRANT RECIPIENTS
SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND
$1,600 USED TO:
Purchase 24 Low Vision Simulator Goggles and educational materials used to help educate people about the level of impairment, challenges of conducting activities of daily living, and adaptive techniques to cope with vision loss. The Low Vision Simulator Goggles, will allow 120 outreach/education activities for 2014-15.
OAK PARK PRESCHOOL, INC.
$3,485 USED TO:
Improve the overall health and quality of life for Oak Park residents. Healthy Eating/Active Living Seminars once a month, start-up of the Oak Park Walking Club and Preschool Spring/ Summer Garden.
PEOPLE REACHING OUT
$2,500 USED TO:
“My Smyle” project: peer mentoring for adolescent girls against using alcohol and drugs. Workshops focus on building self-esteem, continuing education, developing problem solving skills, and health and fitness awareness.
CHILDREN’S RECEIVING HOME OF SACRAMENTO
Purchase 2 examination tables to replace current tables, Epi-Pens for onsite dormitories and over the counter medications and disposable medical supplies for one year.
SACRAMENTO FOOD BANK AND FAMILY SERVICES
Bring fresh produce, legumes, grains, nuts, dairy, eggs, meat and seasonal specialty crops, educational materials and consumable supplies, for distribution to zipcodes 95817, 95820, and 95815.
CORDOVA COMMUNITY COUNCIL
$6,250 USED TO:
Purchase 1000 bicycle helmets for children who complete a “bike safety course” conducted by the Rancho Cordova Police Activities League.
KIWANIS FAMILY HOUSE
$5,000 USED TO:
Assist families with loved ones at UCDMC and Shriners Hospitals for Children for rent relief and meals.
A TOUCH OF UNDERSTANDING: $6,575
Funds will be used to provide educational materials for 5,250 students in the Sacramento region who participate in the anti-bullying workshops with special focus on those with disabilities.
Susie Glover, A Touch Of Understanding “Building Empathy ~ Igniting Respect” 50,000 Students In 15 Years
5280 Stirling Street, Suite 102 | Granite Bay, CA 95746 | 916-791-4146 Cell 916-715-0689 | www.Touchofunderstanding.org
CCHAT CENTER: $5,000
Provides funding for follow-up auditory screening for up to 150 low-income infants per year who failed their initial hearing exam at birth. Early detection of hearing disability can result in successful treatment to improve hearing which is paramount for the ability of children to succeed in school.
PEOPLE REACHING OUT: $2,500
This grant will support the "My Smyle" Project which educates and engages girls ages 10-14 years old about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Mentors, older youth from their community, will guide up to 600 young girls.
SENIOR GLEANERS: $5,000
This grant will fund a new "Adopt A School Program" in the Robla School District in Sacramento County, providing emergency food for families, all of which are at, or below, poverty level. Project would distribute 26,315 pounds of food to 2,400 students.
ROSEVILLE HOME START: $2,500
This organization transitions homeless families into affordable, permanent housing. Funding will provide two fitness machines for the on-site Gym Program which will benefit 50-100 adults who will attend classes 1-2 times per week over the course of one year.
FIESTA EDUCATIVA: $4,500
Workshops provide access to services for Latino families with a loved one with disabilities. Grant dollars will be used to cover the costs of the events which benefit up to 500 family members and caregivers.
CSERF - COMMUNITY SERVICE, EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FUND: $1,100
Funding will cover the costs of the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society's "Walk With a Doc" monthly event, taking place in various Sacramento neighborhoods, improving the health of the many participants.
SAC CITY UNITED SCHOOL DISTRICT: $7292
Provides funding for the "Let's Eat Right Now" program aimed at preschoolers and their parents who are at risk due to poor nutrition status, obesity and anemia.
A TOUCH OF UNDERSTANDING: $3,450
Funds will be used to provide educational material for 5,00 students in the Sacramento region who participate in anti-bullying workshops with special focus on those with disabilities.
STANFORD SETTLEMENT: $1,940
Funds will benefits the health and information fair for the Senior Center. Fair provides free health screening, blood pressure monitors and first aid kits in the hope of decreasing number of emergency room visits.
ST. JOHN'S WOMENS' CENTER: $5,000
Facility that provides shelter for homeless women and their children. Funds will be used to build a permanent play structure for the increasing number of young children at the shelter.
FIESTA EDUCATIVE: $2,100
Scholarships for 400 attendees, who are caregivers of loved ones with disabilities, who attend workshops focused on health training and advocacy.
MUSIC PARTNERS IN HEALTH CARE: $1,620
Organization that provides live music at the bedside in skilled nursing facilities in the Sacramento Region. The program will benefits 100s of parents over five months.
WELLSPRING WOMENS' CENTER: $3,992
Drop in center for low-income women and children. Funds will be used for the "Cotton Club" to provide feminine hygiene products and female health education seminars.
ROSEVILLE HOME START: $2,080
Funding for "Healthy Jump Start" Program to help homeless families transition to permanent housing and self sufficiency with a focus on proper nutrition.
COMMUNITY AGAINST SEXUAL HARM: $676
C.A.S.H. grant will fund 1,000 brochures for distribution in Oak Park Community as part of their Health Education program for victims of sexual abuse/exploitation.
CHILDREN'S RECEIVING HOME: $4,260
Provided funds for the purchase of a hemoglobin analyzer and oxygen tanks required to keep the home in compliance with state regulations. In addition, purchased a six month supply of first-aid and intake materials.
WELLSPRING WOMEN'S CENTER: $3,988
Funding Wellspring Women's Center for their Women's Health Program, which provides educational materials and sanitary supplies for over 150 women for a year.
CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION COUNCIL OF SACRAMENTO: $5,000
Purchased 100 Cribs for the Infant Safe Sleeping Program, which aims to decrease the number of preventable infant sleep-related deaths in Sacramento County by providing education and support for new parents.
SOCIETY FOR THE BLIND: $4,908
Funding for the purchase of assistive technology for use in client teaching, demonstrations, and outreach including oral thermometers and blood pressure units.
DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER - WOW! HEALTHY EATING EXHIBIT: $2,500
Provided funding for a permanent exhibit on Healthy Eating to encourage visitors to the museum, including young children, to make healthy food choices.
KEATON RAPHAEL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: $5,000
Funding for their Family Navigator Program which assists families dealing with childhood cancer. The program provides educational materials, therapeutic tools and other resources to assist families in their childhood cancer journeys.
SACRAMENTO FOOD BANK
$6,000 USED TO:
Expand and enhance nutrition education through their mobile distribution centers, provide onsite preventative health screenings for high blood pressure and diabetes and information on nutrition, safe food preparation, and culturally sensitive recipes.
FOOD BANK OF YOLO COUNTY
$6,000 USED TO:
Purchase reusable containers to deliver food to the hundreds of families who receive 25 lbs of staple foods each month.
CLEAN AND SOBER
$1,250 USED TO:
Provide running shoes, sox, water bottles, 5K entrance fees for 25+ sober individuals to promote health, build confidence and provide hope to those struggling with addiction.
RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
$5,000 USED TO:
Subsidize the cost of stay for families with children hospitalized in Sacramento area hospitals with life threatening illnesses who reside more than 30 miles away.
$2,675 USED TO:
Provide funding for Senior Health and information fair, which will provide free health screenings, first aid kits, and education regarding resources for well being and assistance to help seniors remain at home.
SACRAMENTO CHILDREN'S HOME
$2,500 USED TO:
Purchase medical instruments for intake examinations for children in crisis entering the residential facility. Over 3,700 children received consistent, timely medical care last year.
$1,575 USED TO:
Purchase TB Vials for use at their Safehouse to comply with mandatory TB testing requirements