Torchlight Spring 2011

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Spring 2011 Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet Hewitt and Director of Program Investments Diane Littlefield. Sierra Health Foundation: Investing in health Connect For the latest information about Sac State news and events, visit Looking after the health of northern Californians. For 25 years, that has been the mission of Sierra Health Foundation. One of the oldest foundations of its kind in the West, Sierra Health takes a multi-pronged approach to advancing the well-being of the region including providing grants to agencies and organizations that promote health, particularly in young people. Among this year's awards was a $20,000 grant to fund part of the Sacramento State Division of Nursing's move to Folsom Hall. The foundation's reach extends to 26 northern California counties—75 percent of them in rural areas. And while as an organization it is concerned with providing quality healthcare to residents, it is also interested in the social factors that can lead to healthier living such as nutrition and exercise. As a result they have established a number of partnerships with organizations such as Sacramento State. "We take a broad view of health," including access to care and access to education, says Chet P. Hewitt, president and CEO of the foundation. "All the factors that impact quality of life." That includes "capacity building"—providing leadership training opportunities for leaders and emerging leaders—as well as financial support to boost the ranks of health care leaders and promote efforts to provide innovative services, says Diane Littlefield, the foundation's director of program investments. For more than 10 years, its Health Leadership Program has provided leadership development experience to executives and managers of non-profits and public agencies. The program's alumni include members of the Sacramento State nursing faculty. The drive to build leaders extends to the foundation's commitment to young people. A recent youth conference, held at Sacramento State, drew more than 600 young adults from around the region. One of the program's most popular offerings was a tour of the campus, which for many of the participants was their first time in a college environment. "It's an example of the many ways we partner with the University," Littlefield says. "It's an investment." Sierra Health's most recent linkage with the campus was the result of a meeting between Hewitt and Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez to talk about common interests: critical care, training and education. President Gonzalez shared the University's plans for expansion of the nursing program, taking Hewitt on a tour of the Division's former home, the crowded El Continued on page 5 Stay Connected on Facebook! If you want the most up-to-date information about Sac State alumni activities and campus news, be sure to "Like" us on Facebook. The Sacramento State Alumni Association now has a new, official presence at SacramentoStateAlumni. By becoming a fan, you'll connect with other alums across the country, stay informed about upcoming events and share your Hornet pride!

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