In 2009-10, the Sierra-Stanford Partnership joined The Sierra Fund to provide breast cancer support groups locally to women via video-conferencing in Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties. This project was in partnership with Stanford University School of Medicine and funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program.
This successful project has now developed into an award winning independent nonprofit, Connecting to Care.
Connecting to Care (CtoC) is an incorporated, non-profit organization serving healthcare consumers in rural Northern California. Its mission is to provide charitable health services through comprehensive health care planning, integrated health care delivery systems, innovative technologies, education, programs, and services to connect underserved populations to care; and promote the health and well-being of individuals regardless of their economic status. CtoC is co-located in Grass Valley (Nevada County) and Redding (Shasta County), California.
The Sierra Fund continues to work with C2C, most recently as part of our outreach program to bring board-certified trainings on mercury in the human body to healthcare professionals in rural Sierra communities.
Connecting to Care’s organization website
Health Outreach Program – The Sierra Fund’s program to reach out to rural Sierra communities about potential exposure pathways to legacy mining toxins
Mercury Trainings for Healthcare Professionals – The Sierra Fund’s program to educate regional doctors about mercury in the human body, and how to talk to their patients about eating fish