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KidsFirst receives grant to fight child abuse

Roseville-based organization gets $24,150 from the Sierra Health Foundation
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In 2008, more than 30,000 cases of child abuse occurred in the four-county Sacramento region. To KidsFirst, this is completely unacceptable. The nonprofit organization headquartered in Roseville with branches in Auburn and Citrus Heights is committed to ending child abuse. KidsFirst has focused on this goal since the organization’s establishment in 1989. The Sierra Health Foundation recently awarded KidsFirst a $24,150 grant to decrease child abuse and increase children’s access to health care through family support services for 25 children and their families using home visitation. The foundation awarded 21 grants — out of 290 applicants — totaling more than $500,000 in this year’s first funding round of the Responsive Grants Program. The foundation has committed $1 million in 2010 for this program. Sierra Health asks nonprofits and public agencies how they promote and improve health in their communities. Grant winners address issues such as access to health services, food security, physical activity, mental health and violence prevention. Since launching the program in 2008, the foundation has awarded more than $2.7 million to provide support for 94 programs and projects. Application materials for the second round of funding will be posted on Sierra Health’s website by July 1 and applications are due by Aug. 9. For more information, visit www.sierrahealth.org. ~Sena Christian