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Departing Legislators Receive Foundation Recognition for Leadership in Policy Arena

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 General News J E 4
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SACRAMENTO, Calif., Aug. 11 The California WellnessFoundation (TCWF) presents its 2008 Public Policy Leadership Award to twomembers of the California State Senate who have influenced millions of livesby advancing public policies that promote the health of Californians. Thehonorees are Sen. Sheila Kuehl and Sen. Jack Scott. The two departinglegislators will be recognized at a ceremony in Sacramento on August 12, 2008.

"Senators Kuehl and Scott deserve to be recognized as champions for thehealth of underserved people in California," said Gary L. Yates, TCWFpresident and CEO.

Sen. Sheila Kuehl has devoted 14 years to public service. Among the billsshe has authored are measures to protect reproductive rights, fund hospitalsand clinics and expand access to primary preventive health and screeningservices for low-income families. Sen. Kuehl's passionate service as chair ofthe Senate Health Committee put universal access to health care at the centerof California's policy debate. Her health-focused legislative leadership hasextended to the areas of environmental health and the prevention of domesticviolence.

During his 12 year legislative career, Sen. Jack Scott has been a leaderin advancing policies to control the proliferation of guns, improve schoolsafety and enhance youths' access to after-school activities -- strategiesthat have solid track records for reducing violence against youth. Hechampioned measures to develop the health care workforce by increasing accessto higher education and nursing training. After leaving the California StateSenate, Scott will serve as chancellor of California's community collegesystem.

"Senators Kuehl and Scott exemplify the spirit of public service andcommitment to the health and wellness of their constituents -- and allCalifornians," said Sandra Martinez, TCWF's program director overseeing theaward program.

The purpose of the Public Policy Leadership Award is to recognizedeparting legislators who have made substantial contributions to theadvancement of public policies that promote the health of underservedCalifornians.

The California Wellness Foundation is an independent, private foundationcreated in 1992, with a mission to improve the health of the people ofCalifornia by making grants for health promotion, wellness education anddisease prevention. The Foundation prioritizes eight issues for funding:diversity in the health professions, environmental health, healthy aging,mental health, teenage pregnancy prevention, violence prevention, women'shealth, and work and health. It also responds to timely issues or specialprojects outside the funding priorities. TCWF is one of the state's largestfoundations. Since its first year of operation, the Foundation has awarded5,169 grants totaling more than $641 million. Last year, TCWF awarded $64million in grants in pursuit of its mission. Please visit TCWF's website athttp://www.tcwf.org for more information, including a newsroom section devotedto the Public Policy Leadership Award and the two honorees. Photos suitablefor downloading are also available.

SOURCE The California Wellness Foundation
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