Grants funded

Healthy Rural California has received the following grants since we officially launched in early 2020:

Healthy Rural California and North Valley Community Foundation have partnered to launch a Regional Mental Health Task Force in Northern California. This Task Force will take evaluations and assessments conducted in the last 5 years and turn this knowledge into impact. Over the next 12 months, the Task Force will find ways to turn our collective understanding of what is needed and lead to solutions and a positive impact in our communities.

While Butte and Glenn counties are central to this Task Force given the negative impact on mental health following the Camp Fire in our community specifically, we understand that solutions to our needs must be regional. We also understand that all rural counties in Northern California have similar health needs to be addressed, including access to care and mental health. COVID-19 has increased anxiety and depression in the last few months.

Please take a moment to complete this 5 minute survey if you are interested in participating in the Regional Mental Health Task Force. We seek participants in sub-groups that will focus on specific areas of need (facilities, resources, ACEs, school partnerships and others listed in the link below). Or perhaps participants only want to receive communications but not necessarily take an active role. This survey also functions as a “registration” for the Task Force so please – feel free to share this link with anyone you wish to invite!

Deadline for submitting interest in participation is August 7.

The Task Force will officially launch on Wednesday, September 16 at 4 pm and continue virtually every Third Wednesdays for the rest of the year:

September 16 at 4 pm – Task Force launch, overview, make sure we have included everyone, share all sub-groups and set up plan for online meetings in fall, virtual

October 21 from 4 to 7 pm – Virtual Summit with guest speakers TBA

November 18 at 4 pm – Task Force meeting for 1 hour, agenda TBA, virtual

December 16 at 4 pm – Task Force meeting for 1 hour, agenda TBA, virtual

January to June 2021 will be planned later this fall and may include an in-person summit in the spring

A parallel example of what we hope to achieve with the Regional Mental Health Task Force is Butte-Glenn Medical Society’s Residency Task Force. We started this effort on access to care issues with a focus on creating new medical residency programs last summer. Our first meeting was in August, 2019. Over the past year, we held meetings to determine what is our greatest need and prioritizing solutions. Today – actually next week – the Residency Task Force is supporting the application for state funds that will enable a Psychiatry Residency Program to launch in the coming years. We are about to produce a White Paper on a strategy for the region to develop residency programs and considering an Integrated Behavioral Health Family Medicine Residency. We took ideas, known needs in our community and within a year applying for funds to develop real and sustainable solutions.

On behalf of Healthy Rural California’s Board of Directors, I want to thank North Valley Community Foundation which has provided the funding needed to lead the Regional Mental Health Task Force, which will be aligned with their Butte Thrives effort. NVCF also funded the feasibility study needed to launch the psychiatry residency program. We are grateful!

Please email Executive Director Kristy Bird MaKieve with questions at and look for updates on

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