Imperial County Webinar

Proposed Imperial County Health & Wellness Fund

On July 12, 2018, Alliance Healthcare Foundation (AHF) released a Request for Interest (RFI) to solicit input and ideas for establishment of a $25 million health and wellness fund in Imperial County, California.

To help meet the need for local resources that can be used to address health disparities in the county, AHF has reserved $7.5 million until Dec. 31, 2019, for a potential matching grant that would be provided once $17.5 million is raised from other sources. The purpose of the RFI is to stimulate and assess interest in the fund and to gather information that will be useful in finalizing the details of a Request for Proposals (RFP) that AHF expects to release later this year.

AHF now invites all interested parties to describe a process, structure, and timeline that will help achieve the vision for a locally controlled fund that will provide Imperial County with an enduring source of funding to advance health and wellness in the region.

Interested in learning more?

Download the Request for Interest (English) here; Solicitud de Interés (español) aqui.

Read the July 16 AHF press release on the Request for Interest here.

For more information on Imperial County community health issues, you can download the Imperial County Community Health Assessment (CHA) & Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 2017-2021 report, produced by the Imperial County Public Health Department, here.

Online Webinar

Are you a private donor or foundation/government funder interested in learning more? Register for a funders-only informational webinar on 8/1 at 10:00am Pacific Standard Time.

Unfamiliar with Imperial County? Here are some key facts:

  • Imperial County is the ninth largest county in California and is bordered by San Diego and Riverside Counties, the State of Arizona, and Mexico.
  • Its population of 180,000 is 80% Hispanic or Latino, 11% White (non-Hispanic or Latino), 3% African American, 2% Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or other, and 2% American Indian or Alaska Native.  Two tribes are located in the county: the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation and Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.
  • The county is a leading producer and exporter of agricultural commodities such as cattle, alfalfa, spinach, and potatoes, and is also the second largest geothermal energy producing county in the nation.  Due to an average of 360 days of annual sunshine and large amounts of available land, the county increasingly is home to new large-scale wind and solar energy developments as well.
  • Despite the strong agricultural and clean energy sectors, the county has the highest unemployment rate in California: 18.0 percent in June 2018, compared with 4.5 percent for California and 4.2 percent for the nation during the same period.
  • Per capita family income is $16,409, compared to $29,906 statewide.

 

Since 2000, there have been lower death rates in Imperial County for certain cancers, cerebrovascular disease, and coronary heart disease.  Improvements have also been seen in other areas including breastfeeding initiation as well as vaccine rates, leading to a reduction in cases of certain diseases such as hepatitis A and B in recent years.

However, opportunities for health improvement still exist.  Imperial County continues to report high teen pregnancy rates. Asthma and tuberculosis rates continue to be among the highest in the state, diabetes death rates are higher than statewide and national rates, and obesity prevalence (or rates) continue(s) to be a growing problem. (Ref:  “Imperial County Community Health Assessment & Community Health Improvement Plan 2017-2021”)

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