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A Portrait Of California 2014-2015: California Human Development Report

November 30, 2014

This report takes a dramatically different approach to assessing the state's performance. Instead of relying on traditional economic analysis, Measure of America's A Portrait of California uses the human development approach to tell us how people are doing. Three dimensions -- a long and healthy life, access to knowledge, and a decent standard of living -- are examined in detail and presented along a simple ten-point scale: the American Human Development (HD) Index. A Portrait of California brings together data, innovative analysis, and the American HD Index methodology to enable "apples-to-apples" comparisons of California's counties, major cities, 265 Census Bureau -- defined areas, women and men, and racial and ethnic groups. It provides a gauge of how different groups of Californians are doing in comparison to one another and a benchmark for tracking progress over time.

Preparing for Transformation: Rethinking, Revitalizing and Reforming the Sacramento Region's Health Care System - A Market Analysis of the Sacramento Region Primary Care Safety Net

September 27, 2012

This market analysis of the Sacramento Region identifies the current service capacity within the primary care safety net in preparation for an influx of newly insured residents in 2014. The report includes data from multiple sources and input from health care stakeholders in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties in Northern California.

Preparing for Transformation: Rethinking, Revitalizing and Reforming the Sacramento Region's Health Care System - A Strategic Plan for the Sacramento Region

September 27, 2012

This strategic plan offers a road map to develop an integrated health care delivery system model for the four-county Sacramento Region. The plan to build capacity and efficiently coordinate care would expand access to high-quality and culturally sensitive services for low-income adults and children across the region.

Leveraging Limited Dollars: How Grantmakers Achieve Tangible Benefits by Funding Policy and Community Engagement

January 18, 2012

Highlights findings from seven reports analyzing community and taxpayer benefits and other impacts of grant dollars invested in policy and civic engagement in thirteen states, successful strategies, and best practices. Includes grantmaker profiles.

Catalyzing Networks for Social Change

October 24, 2011

Explains how funders can "catalyze" networks to address complex, interconnected issues: weave social ties; access diverse perspectives; openly build and share knowledge; create infrastructure for widespread engagement; and coordinate resources and action.

A Portrait of California: California Human Development Report 2011

May 20, 2011

Presents data on human development trends in the state, including indicators of health, education, and income by nativity, gender, race/ethnicity, economic region, and geography, and considers factors behind disparities in life expectancy and income.

Healthy Parks, Schools and Communities: Green Access and Equity in Orange County

March 16, 2011

Analyzes children's fitness, obesity, and park access by race/ethnicity, district, and poverty. Outlines the health, community, cultural, and environmental benefits of as well as equal justice issues related to green access. Makes recommendations.

Prospects for Foundation Philanthropy in Los Angeles During Uncertain Times: 2010 Update

November 30, 2010

Based on a 2010 survey of the largest foundations in Los Angeles County, updates an analysis of trends in foundations' fiscal outlook, expected changes in giving, factors behind grantmaking decisions, priorities and strategies, and future prospects.

Girls' Health in Girls' Hands Action Plan

October 1, 2009

Girl-led action research project established to: Identify the health information, support, and service needs of girls ages 11-18; Communicate research findings with public policy makers.

Aligning for Impact: A Report on a Gathering of Foundation CEOs, Trustees, and Senior Executives

August 31, 2009

Summarizes discussions from a March 2009 conference on foundation performance assessments, elements of effectiveness, accountability and transparency, the impact of social media, aligning for impact at a time of reduced resources, and other issues.

Half a Million Older Californians Living Alone Unable to Make Ends Meet

February 24, 2009

Presents findings on the economic security of Californians age 65 and older, using the 2007 Elder Index, with a focus on those living alone. Analyzes data by race/ethnicity, gender, age, and county and compares income levels with the federal poverty line.

Integration Potential of California's Immigrants and Their Children: New Estimates of Potential New Voters at the State, County, and Legislative District Levels

April 30, 2008

Estimates the numbers of naturalized adult immigrants, those eligible for naturalization, and their U.S. citizen children in counties and state legislative districts; the immigrants' national origins; and their impact on the state's politics and economy.