Healthy Sacramento Coalition Background

In September 2011, Sierra Health Foundation was awarded a $499,229 Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which, along with Sierra Health Foundation, supported the Healthy Sacramento Coalition and its work to develop and implement a chronic disease prevention plan for Sacramento County. The coalition quickly gained momentum and grew to include more than 60 members.


The Healthy Sacramento Coalition’s goal was to reduce tobacco use, obesity, death and disability due to chronic disease, reduce health disparities, build a safe and healthy physical environment, and improve the social and emotional well-being of Sacramento County residents.

A Refined Vision

In 2016, the coalition broadened its focus to include the social determinants of health and refined its vision to eliminate health inequities in Sacramento.

In 2013 and 2016, the coalition produced community health needs assessments that identified 15 zip codes that had consistently high rates of poor health outcomes. Access the 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment and the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.

Sacramento equity profile highlights the potential of a more equitable economy

The Healthy Sacramento Coalition on Feb. 28, 2018, released Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in the Sacramento Region, highlighting inequities in income, employment, education and opportunity in Sacramento. According to the report, Sacramento’s economy could be $19 billion stronger with racial equity in incomes. The equity profile and its potential solutions will serve as a resource for local advocates and residents seeking to address disinvestment in communities of color.

Visit the National Equity Atlas web site to access Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in the Sacramento Region and the Health Equity Now: Toward an All-In Sacramento policy brief.

Sacramento was one of five cities in the country to be selected for this scan and report, which was developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Healthy Sacramento Coalition and PolicyLink held a press event on Feb. 28 with a panel discussion and community forum on equity with Sierra Health Foundation President and CEO Chet P. Hewitt, Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna. See the video below.