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Ueberroth Family Foundation Sees Health and Education Converge at SOS-El Sol Wellness Center

When is trust a prescription for good health? When it comes to serving the families of El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana, which celebrated its 15th anniversary in May. Not only is the award-winning charter school’s English and Spanish dual-immersion model credited with enabling its nearly 1,000 preschool-through-eighth-grade students achieve high levels of academic success, the new SOS-El Sol Wellness Center also is providing El Sol families a wide range of on-site ...
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Giving Every Kid a Reason to Smile

Dental disease is the No. 1 chronic disease of children, even more common than obesity and asthma. Although it’s almost entirely preventable, one out of three Orange County children has untreated tooth decay. Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County has been grappling with this epidemic since 2001, and now, with its new Smiles X-Press program, children living in some of Orange County’s most impoverished neighborhoods are getting a high-tech, high-touch way to access preventative ...
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A Water-Wise Orange County Is Within Reach

Is it possible to conserve our way out of California’s relentless drought? Garry Brown, chief executive officer of Orange County Coastkeeper, says it is – if we adopt new habits in the near term and embrace innovative water treatment technologies in the long term. “Although this is one of the most extreme droughts we’ve had in California history, it’s not out of the ordinary. We have to get used to living with drought,” Brown said ...
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Mark Draper Gives Back to Nature

The great outdoors called to Mark Draper early on, beckoning him to spend his youth exploring the open spaces of Laguna Canyon and the blue expanse of the Pacific Ocean. As encroaching development threatened to mar the pristine area, the great outdoors called upon the Laguna Beach native once again – this time, to take action and help preserve it. “It all started when I was mountain biking in the open spaces around Laguna Beach,” ...
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Rising Tides: Is OC Ready for the Silver Tsunami?

Honor or forsake. Two extreme – yet common – ways cultures around the world care for aging members of their communities. As the Silver Tsunami crests over Orange County, we have a decision to make: How will we choose to care for those who spent their lifetimes caring for us? Orange County is home to more than 400,000 older adults over the age of 65, and that number will increase to 870,650 within 20 years ...
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Here We Grow Again: OCCF Ranks Seventh in Nation in Grantmaking

Thanks to the donors, dreamers and doers who make the needs of our community the center of their lives and legacies, OCCF is growing in our ability to make Orange County a stronger, healthier and more vibrant community for all. CF Insights just released its latest survey of U.S. community foundations, ranking OCCF as the seventh most-active grant maker in the nation among more than 750 peers - jumping up five rankings since last year's ...
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Keith Swayne Honors Wife’s Legacy by Helping to Unlock Alzheimer’s Research

As baby boomers age, they bring with them a population explosion unseen in modern times. The numbers alone indicate that Orange County will see an influx of issues we have never faced before. And coping with a loved one who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia tops the list. At last count, 11.7 percent of Orange County residents age 65 and older are afflicted, as Orange County Healthy Aging Initiative ...
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Creating an OC Strategic Plan for Aging

Orange County’s senior population is growing exponentially while other age demographics are shrinking, exposing at least a third of our neighbors to problems we’ve never faced as a community. Although residents age 65 and above make up 12.4 of Orange County’s population this year, this figure will double by 2045. By then, nearly 5 percent of residents will be older than 85, an especially fragile demographic. The “silvering” of our population has wide-ranging implications on ...
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2016 OC Community Indicators Report Shows Students Are Better Prepared – But the Opportunity Gap Is Widening

Tomorrow’s leaders are getting a head start on success today. That’s the good news gleaned from the 2016 OC Community Indicators report, which was released on June 22, 2016 to local community and business leaders at an Orange County Forum luncheon. More than half of Orange County children were deemed ready for kindergarten this past year, and 55 percent of eighth-grade students met literacy achievement standards. Most Orange County school districts performed better than the ...
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Kids Under Five Get Reading Boost from Three OC Funders

After eight years in development, Orange County has a new tool to measure the developmental progress of every child at the time they enter school. Spearheaded by the Children & Families Commission of Orange County, the Early Development Index (EDI) is a revealing measurement of the early learning needs of young children throughout our community. EDI is not only a population-based, validated assessment of school readiness and healthy development, it also addresses how children are ...
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