Success stories

Valley Vision excels in community-based problem-solving, using research and the power of public-private partnerships to drive results. Here are just a few examples of how Valley Vision—working together with partners and collaborators—is achieving outcomes that matter.

EPIC TRAIL

PROBLEM

There is a patchwork of trails throughout the greater Sacramento region that, if connected, would offer one of the longest contiguous trails in the United States.

SOLUTION

Valley Vision has engaged stakeholders, built political will, and elevated champions in an effort to plan and invest in an “epic” trail that will connect the region. Focusing on trail creation in El Dorado County, the effort will connect to existing trails in other parts of the region and ultimately has the potential of connecting to the mega region, including the San Francisco Bay area and Lake Tahoe region.

IMPACT

Valley Vision is working with a nationally recognized design firm to conduct a detailed study that will lead to the construction of an Epic Trail. This would vastly expand trail service, preserve train excursion service, and offer economic, tourism, and environmental benefits that enhance the region’s healthy living, recreational advantages and overall quality of life.

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COMMUNITY HEALTH NEEDS ASSESSMENTS

PROBLEM

Knowing how to help people—especially the disadvantaged—get the healthcare they need is a constant challenge that requires the best available data and information.

SOLUTION

For more than 10-years, Valley Vision has been provided the four major not-for-profit health systems in Sacramento region the research they need to understand the priority unmet health needs in the communities they serve.

IMPACT

Hospitals use the information Valley Vision collects from the community and from state and federal sources to prioritize their investments to ensure better health outcomes for all.

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FOOD WASTE RECYCLING

PROBLEM

California has set new food waste recycling policies to end food waste in landfills.  This policy change requires brand new practices that affect both business and communities.

SOLUTION

Valley Vision is helping organize a coordinated public, private, and community sector response to reduce food waste in landfills in a way that helps the environment and creates economic opportunity.

IMPACT

Food waste is a major contributor to air pollution so by reducing the waste stream, the air will be cleaner and we can all breathe easier.

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WORKFORCE ACTION PLAN

PROBLEM

The Sacramento region lacks the skilled workers needed to fill critical jobs that employers need, which threatens continued economic growth.

SOLUTION

Valley Vision is working with a wide array of partners and developing strategies to maximize our region’s Strong Workforce Program investments and to grow a talented workforce by opening up strategic pathways to high quality jobs.

IMPACT

Setting a path to align workforce development strategies that affect 100,000 jobs as part of the Capital Region Workforce Action Plan.

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STUDENT NUTRITION POLICY

PROBLEM

The Sacramento City Unified School District was using 11-year-old guidelines to determine student health and nutrition policy.

SOLUTION

Valley Vision’s decade-long focus on cultivating our food economy is rooted in the belief that we must provide adequate and healthy food for all residents—that includes in schools and hospitals—while ensuring environmentally sustainable practices and economic growth for farmers, ranchers, and food

IMPACT

Valley Vision advocated for an updated School Wellness Policy, which overcame political opposition and was adopted by the School Board 5-1 in August 2017 and today serves to improved health and wellness for 45,000 students across the entire school district.

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MENTAL HEALTH COALITION

PROBLEM

Sacramento County was forced to close the front door of the mental healthcare system in 2009, harming patients and families and triggering a backlash.

SOLUTION

Valley Vision gathered and mediated mental health service providers, hospital systems and county executives to set goals and collaborate on strategies that ensure equitable access to mental health care for those in need.

IMPACT

Valley Vision’s orchestration of the Mental Health Coalition led to approval of funds for additional facilities and bed capacity. The New Sacramento County Urgent Care Facility will open its doors and service the needs of mental health patients in winter 2017.

SLINGSHOT

PROBLEM

The Sacramento region has historically fallen short in retaining the talent necessary to fuel the innovation economy and to cultivate entrepreneurial growth.

SOLUTION

Through project SlingShot, Valley Vision—working in alignment with regional workforce development boards—is increasing support and resources to entrepreneurs and small businesses.

IMPACT

Valley Vision is managing the distribution of specialized grants totaling $750,000 focused on the growth of startups and innovators across the Sacramento region.

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