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Women of Color Health Initiatives


CCP manages two initiatives funded by The California Wellness Foundation (Cal Wellness) to address health issues that disproportionately impact women of color: Incarceration and sexual health and well-being. The Re-entry Women of Color and Employment initiative seeks to ensure the financial well-being of women of color returning to their communities by increasing access to employment and other forms of sustainable income. By investing in innovative practices and policy/advocacy activities, the initiative is enhancing the intersections of health and wealth for this vulnerable community. In addition to supporting the communications, grant making, and evaluation strategies, CCP also provided “backbone” support for the Women Organizing Re-entry Communities of Color Collaborative (WORCC) to facilitate gender-specific investments and distribution of resources resulting from Proposition 47 – California’s efforts to reduce criminalization and re-invest in community driven solutions to prevent recidivism and re-entry success.


The Women of Color and HIV, AIDS and STI initiative, consists of three complementary strategies including communications, demonstration projects, and policy change. As project manager, CCP works with internal staff and external partners to coordinate.


  • Upspoken, the initiative’s public awareness campaign and online platform for Black women,

  • Two regional demonstration projects to test inclusive and trauma-informed behavioral health interventions, and

  • Local policy efforts to increase attention and investments from public and private sectors.

The success of Upspoken inspired the creation of RoyalTea, a sexual health toolkit created by and for Black Women to care for themselves and their sexual health. CCP supports the design of grant making strategies, requests for proposals, coordination of communications, external evaluation, and program implementation activities for both women’s initiatives.

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