The California Endowment is a private, statewide health foundation established in 1996 as a result of Blue Cross of California’s creation of WellPoint Health Networks, a for-profits. This conversion set the groundwork for initiative’s mission:
The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.
Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The California Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout the state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The Endowment’s Web site at www.calendow.org