In 2014, our not-for-profit Sutter Health network invested $767 million to provide community benefit to people across Northern California, including in some of our poorest communities. Our investments and partnerships with community health centers and other community organizations help support access to medical care, mental health services and key social services, such as transitional housing, transportation, meals for the hungry, education, youth job-training programs and health research.
Contribution supports Latino outreach
Sutter Health donated $100,000 in 2014 to expand the Center for Human Services’ promotora program in Stanislaus County. The program trains promotoras de salud—Spanish for “promoters of health”—to help connect Latino families with medical care providers, social service agencies and community resource organizations in the Central Valley. Promotoras function as trusted liaisons who help break down cultural and language barriers that may prevent families from seeking services they need. Promotoras’ knowledge and love of their communities make them uniquely effective as educators and role models who can promote wellness among their friends and neighbors. We partner with similar grassroots programs for Latinos in the Bay Area and the Sacramento region.
Donation helps feed the hungry
In November 2014, Sutter Health’s $255,000 donation to 29 food banks across our network resulted in more than 1 million nutritious meals for people struggling against hunger in our communities. On average, every dollar we donated to food banks in Northern California and Hawaii translated into more than four meals served. Over the past six years, our not-for-profit network has contributed more than $1.4 million to community food banks, ensuring meals for more than 5 million individuals and families.
Giving built on partnership
To help relief efforts in two wildfire-stricken Northern California counties, Sutter Health donated $100,000 in October 2014 to the Capital Region chapter of the American Red Cross. Our donation supported Red Cross efforts to provide food, shelter and other resources to people affected by the King Fire in El Dorado County and the Boles Fire in Siskiyou County. Sutter Health has long partnered with the Red Cross, making substantial donations over the years to help people close to home and worldwide. Our contributions have aided humanitarian efforts during many disasters, including numerous California wildfires, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the Oklahoma tornado in 2013, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 and the Haiti earthquake in 2010.