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. To review the most recent grant funding announcement and application, click here.


The 2018-19 grant cycle has closed. For questions about future grant cycles, contact Erin Hawkins, Director of Community Health.




2018-19 PHCD Grant Award Recipients 


On May 16, 2018, the 2018-19 PHCD Grant Award Receipients were celebrated at the 4th 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.


Center for Well-Being: Promotores de Salud (PDS)/Community Health Workers (CHW) South County Hub Award

Total: $10,000

PDS/CHWs are integral in the fight against cardiovascular disease in Sonoma County. PHCD funding will support the establishment of a South County PDS/CHW Hub managed by the Center for Well-Being. The Hub will recruit, train and certify at least 10 South County residents who will conduct comprehensive heart health education and blood pressure screenings.


Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
Award Total: $10,000

Program Supported: 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 the second largest shelter serving adults in Sonoma County. The grant will directly fund MIC-ES personnel expenses, allowing the shelter to continue to serve 476 adults annually, including 129 from the PHCD service area. 


Petaluma Education Foundation: Community Matters

Award Total: $10,000

Alcohol and drug use rates among youth in the PHCD service area continue to exceed Sonoma County averages and local schools are in need of resources for education and prevention efforts. PHCD funding will support the establishment of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Peer-to-Peer Prevention Program at Casa Grande and Petaluma High Schools, training 50-60 youth and 10-14 staff to provide outreach and support groups for its youth.



Petaluma Health Center: Trauma-Informed Care - Road to Resilience Pilot Project

Award Total: $10,000

Research has established a clear link between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and life-long physical and mental health issues. PHC’s Road to Resilience Pilot Project will transform the delivery of primary care to treat ACEs using trauma-informed models of care. PHCD is supporting the implementation of the pilot project in one of seven PHC care teams, initially impacting 2,811 PHCD residents, with the possibility to expand to all PHC care teams.



Petaluma Bounty

Award Total: $7,000

Petaluma Bounty combats cardiovascular disease by increasing access to local produce through the Bounty Hunters program and food distribution partnerships, advocating for food access programs, improving coordination among emergency food distributors, and educating residents about the importance of healthy foods. The grant supports the Bilingual Bounty Hunters Coordinator, emergency food providers meetings, advocacy and website toolkits and handouts.



Mothers Care

Award Total: $4,000

Pregnant Sonoma County women with a mental health diagnosis are hospitalized at 2.5 times the California rate. Mothers Care works with PVH-affiliated providers to identify women at-risk or experiencing prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, providing trauma-informed evidence based mental health services at no cost to patients. PHCD’s contribution alongside PVH operator St. Joseph Health provide the funding to support the continued operations of this proven and critically important program.



Kids Scoop News

Award Total: $3,000

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 support the distribution of Kids Scoop News to 10 PHCD-area kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms, as well as sponsor health education content in three monthly editions.