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Strong Ties to Community, Despite a Pandemic

The trajectory of the pandemic and the continued surge and spread of the virus in our community prohibited many programs supported by NorthBay Healthcare to commence or continue in 2020. In addition, wildfires that ravaged Northern California and affected thousands within Solano County also hampered community partners.

Nonetheless, NorthBay was able to support many nonprofit partners and community organizations.

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Access to Health Care

OLE Health — The federally qualified health center, which operates a Fairfield clinic in medical offices provided by NorthBay, expanded services to the most vulnerable, particularly those on Medi-Cal and Medicare. OLE increased its primary care practice from 1,821 patients in 2019 to 3,234 in 2020. NorthBay provided space and funding to add two more health care providers to the clinic staff.

Healthy Eating & Active Living

Meals on Wheels — Challenged by the pandemic, the Solano County program that delivers nutritious meals to homebound seniors was able to distribute more than 15,000 meals per month. NorthBay supported the local organization with a $10,000 grant.

Downtown Fairfield Farmers Market — Through a $15,000 grant, the business association began a weekly certified farmers’ market with a “Market Match” program, which provides 2-for-1 coupons to match dollar for dollar what low-income participants spend.

Economic Security

Organizations promoting businesses, jobs and the local economy continued to receive support through membership and grants in 2020. They include:

  • Solano Economic Development Corp.;
  • Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce;
  • Vacaville Chamber of Commerce;
  • Dixon Chamber of Commerce;
  • Solano Hispanic Chamber of Commerce;
  • Solano Black Chamber of Commerce;
  • Rio Vista Chamber of Commerce; and
  • American Canyon Chamber of Commerce.
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Literacy

Reach Out & Read, a program that gives free books to children ages 0 to 5 when a family makes a visit to a NorthBay Center for Primary Care, received a grant to continue its partnership with NorthBay in 2020. The program, established a decade ago, has provided tens of thousands of books to young families to encourage parents to begin reading to their children at the earliest age.

Donations and Sponsorship

Curtailed because of the pandemic and a pause on charitable giving in 2020, donations were nonetheless given to a host of local nonprofit groups, including:

  • Sober Grad Nite
  • Girls on the Run
  • Touro University Health Education Scholarships
  • Pink Lemonade Cancer Awareness
  • Ag Day
  • Adopt-a-School — Fairview Elementary School in Fairfield and Eugene Padan Elementary School in Vacaville