Due to the heightened concern about community spread of the coronavirus, the shelter in place orders, and the changing health needs of our community based on the pandemic impact, the Petaluma Health Care District is postponing our grant application process for our Health Impact Grant Funding for fiscal year 2021. There is no new application submission deadline. We will be evaluating community need once we get through the pandemic and determine at that time how best to move forward with the grant application process. This could include re-evaluating our grant criteria or suspending the grant application process for this year.

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Since its formation in 1946, PHCD has invested in programs, services and organizations that improve the health and well-being of our residents. In 2018, PHCD launched a new grant application process open to all nonprofit organizations addressing Southern Sonoma County’s greatest health priorities.


POSTPONED - Applications for 2020-2021 Health Impact Grants


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2019-2020 PHCD Grant Award Recipients 


On May 23, 2019, the 2019-2020 PHCD Grant Award Recipients were celebrated at the 5th Annual Community Partnership Appreciation Breakfast. Below find a description of the selected programs and organizations working to reduce health disparities and improve the well-being of all District residents.



Buckelew Programs

Family Service Coordination Program

Award total: $10,000

Mental health remains a top health need in South County, and Buckelew’s Family Service Coordination (FSC) Program is a crucial resource that connects families to mental health services, providers and support when they need it most. This grant will support personnel expenses, allowing the FSC Team Leader to dedicate more time to directly serve Petaluma residents.



Burbank Housing

Afterschool Programs, Resident Services Department

Award total: $10,000

This funding will support Burbank Housing’s two afterschool programs, which help to maintain residents’ current affordable housing, provide peace of mind for parents, increase access to quality afterschool care and homework support, expose residents to more physical activity and healthy food choices, and increase access to health services. The program supports three PHCD priorities addressing housing, access to healthy food and educational attainment.



Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)

Mary Isaak Center Emergency Shelter

Award total: $10,000

Operated by COTS, the Mary Isaak Center Emergency Shelter (MIC-ES) is the only shelter of its kind in the PHCD service area, and it is Sonoma County’s second-largest adult shelter. The grant will directly fund MIC-ES personnel expenses, allowing the shelter to continue its work throughout the district.



Kids Scoop News

Health Education Pages

Award total: $5,000

Kids Scoop News is a free children’s newspaper providing appropriate reading materials that students can bring home and share with their families. The funding will sponsor health education content and tips for healthy eating in each monthly edition.




Literacyworks Center

Award total: $10,000

Research shows that approximately 80 million Americans have limited health literacy, which puts them at greater risk for poorer access to care and poorer health outcomes. In California, 65% of adults with limited literacy skills avoid going to the doctor because of difficulties in completing paperwork. Also, 94% of physicians believe that low-literate adults experience a lower quality of care. This grant will support the development of new workshops focused on health literacy and access to health care for low-literacy and low-income adult and student learners at the Petaluma SRJC campus.



Mentor Me

Mentor Me Advocacy Team

Award total: $10,000

The Mentor Me Advocacy Team (MMAT) is a specialized program of intensive case management aimed at prevention and intervention techniques intended to keep kids caught up in the juvenile justice system connected to school and their community. This new project addresses an underserved need in our community and the program to date has shown great promise to keep kids on track to complete their education and reengage with their peer support structure.



Petaluma Adult School

AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program

Award total: $10,000

Addressing the diverse and complex health and development needs of under-resourced children and families, the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program provides parenting lessons and evaluation, a weekly community resource hour to connect parents to resources, program networking with agencies, and ongoing education and training for providers. The program has a long waiting list, and this grant will allow more families to be served by this sought-after program. 



Petaluma Bounty

A.L.I.V.E. Program

Award total: $10,000

Providing families with the tools, motivation, and food to make lasting healthy lifestyle changes, this funding supports the A.L.I.V.E. program, a collaboration between Petaluma Bounty and formally-trained nutritionists that provides low-income families with hands-on, farm-based learning, nutrition education, as well as six weekly Bounty Bags from the Petaluma Bounty Farm. Petaluma Bounty is a program of the Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC).



Redwood Empire Food Bank

Food Assistance Programs

Award total: $5,000

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) assistance programs distribute nourishing food and nutrition education targeting the prevention of diet-related conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity and type II diabetes. This funding will help expand the reach of REFB in the Petaluma area, reaching more families, seniors, children and others in need of healthy food.



Seeds of Awareness

Mindfulness-Based Social-Emotional Learning

Award total: $10,000 — in partnership with Petaluma Educational Foundation

The Seeds of Awareness mission is to transform schools and communities with mindfulness. This funding, in collaboration with St. Joseph Health’s Healthy for Life school-based program, will provide in-depth support to select Petaluma schools to co-create a culture of kindness and emotional wellness through its trauma-informed, social justice-oriented, mindfulness-based training and emotional support program. The Seeds program is backed by years of studies showing the effectiveness of mindfulness to reduce anxiety, improve attention skills, support emotional regulation, and improve overall well-being. PHCD found that the need for addressing student, parent and teacher anxiety and offering parents mental health resources was the top priority of school superintendents in South County when surveyed earlier this year. 



The Salvation Army

Food Box Program

Award total: $5,000

The Food Box Program provides free food boxes to those in need. The grant will support food pickup and allow a part-time staff person to be dedicated to this program, thereby improving operational efficiency, food tracking and distribution, and an increase in the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables that reach over 250 families each week.