Nursing Newborn


"You are pregnant and you are powerful.  You are bold and you are beautiful.  Go forward in your boldness, in your beauty and in your contentedness.  Trust your body to birth and know that the collective power of women worldwide will be with you."  
- Author Unknown

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation aims to improve the well-being of the residents of Northern California and Hawaii by supporting, strengthening, and enhancing programs and organizations that address the unmet health and healthcare needs of vulnerable members of the community.

For 2021, the Foundation will have the following grant programs for Health:

For all Health grants, the Foundation targets funding opportunities with realistic goals and diverse funding streams. Preference will be given to organizations that emphasize measurable effectiveness and demonstrate a commitment to promoting health equity. Time-limited projects which are difficult to fund through traditional channels will receive special consideration.

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Maternal Healthcare Access & Education

For many women, bringing a new life into the world is a very positive and fulfilling experience. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, especially for women living in low income, at-risk communities, where they are more likely to experience heightened levels of stress, fear, and anxiety while also facing higher risks of complications, morbidity, and even mortality. The United States spends approximately $98 billion annually on hospitalizations for pregnancy and childbirth—higher than any other country in the world, yet maternal death rates related to pregnancy and childbirth continue to rise. Furthermore, research has shown that African American women are roughly four times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than women in all other racial/ethnic groups.  

According to the World Health Organization, about half of all maternal deaths in this country are preventable. Improving access to a full range of high quality and affordable reproductive health services can make a difference. Data indicates that in the United States, women without health insurance are 3-4 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications. Increasing the availability of updated and accessible reproductive health information can also make a significant impact. Prenatal care programs play an important role in alleviating risk factors and improving pregnancy outcomes. Yet, due to lower levels of education and language barriers, immigrants and Hispanic women are at higher risk than white or black women for receiving little to no prenatal care.  

The Joseph & Vera Long Foundation seeks to support organizations that work to eliminate health disparities by providing education about, and access to, essential maternal health care services.

By subsidizing effective programs and providing timely contributions for larger capital projects, we aspire to increase the number of women who receive adequate reproductive healthcare services in Northern California and Hawaii.

Grants will be made for:

  • Program Costs

  • Capacity Building

  • Discounted Access to Services

  • Capital Improvements

Examples of the types of outreach that we are looking to support include (but are not limited to):​

  • Birth Control and Family Planning

  • Prenatal Care

  • Midwifery and Doula Care

  • Postpartum Care

  • Perinatal Mental Health Resources

  • Lactation Support

​To submit a request for funding from the Maternal Healthcare Access and Education grant program, please follow the process outlined on the Grants page.

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Promoting Healthy Aging Through Social Connection

Social connection is critical to the health and well-being of older adults. However, one in every six older Americans feels isolated, with more than half of them being chronically lonely. The health impact of social isolation is as significant as high blood pressure, obesity, and lack of exercise, resulting in as much as a 50% increase in early mortality (equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day). Groups of older people at particular risk for social isolation include those who are unpartnered, live alone, lack a reliable source of transportation, have limited English proficiency, care for disabled family members, or lack information about or access to available community resources.

While there is limited awareness of the extent of this problem, there are model programs and effective solutions that can ameliorate social isolation. Part-time employment and volunteer roles help older adults stay active, remain socially engaged, feel needed, and have a sense of meaning in their lives. Telephone and online interventions can be just as effective as in-person contact for reducing loneliness. Group support programs enhance problem-solving skills, decrease stress, increase knowledge about available services, and improve social and psychological well-being.

If we can make community social programs more available, more accessible, more appropriate (e.g., culturally relevant), and more welcoming, we can help foster social connections for older adults, reduce social isolation, and improve the quality-of-life of our community's most detached and vulnerable elders. 

The Foundation seeks to support organizations that provide seniors with opportunities for productive engagement and social connection and that develop effective solutions to the issue of social isolation.

By helping existing programs and promoting innovations, we aim to ensure that  targeted groups of older adults become more socially connected, supported, and engaged in their communities; this will lead to improved health and well-being.

Grants will be made for:

  • Program Costs

  • Capacity Building

  • Discounted Access to Services

  • Capital Improvements

Examples of the types of programs that we are looking to support include:​

  • In-Home Visits

  • Telephone Support

  • Peer Group Support

  • Community Social Networking

  • Transportation & Technology Facilitation

  • Community Social & Educational Programs

  • Part-time Employment

  • Senior Volunteering

​Preference will be given to programs and organizations with a high outreach to low-income seniors living in their own homes.

To submit a request for funding from the Promoting Healthy Aging Through Social Connection grant program, please follow the process outlined on the Grants page.