Sierra Kings celebrates grant, scholarship recipients

Sierra Kings Health Care District presents ceremonial checks to community partners in Reedley, Parlier who received grants from the district in support of preventative health care programs

High school students from Parlier and Reedley pose with their ceremonial scholarship checks at a grant awards ceremony hosted by Sierra Kings Health Care District in Reedley April 4, 2024. SKHCD, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, awarded 20 scholarships to high school seniors planning to pursue careers in health care. (Serena Bettis)
High school students from Parlier and Reedley pose with their ceremonial scholarship checks at a grant awards ceremony hosted by Sierra Kings Health Care District in Reedley April 4, 2024. SKHCD, in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, awarded 20 scholarships to high school seniors planning to pursue careers in health care. (Serena Bettis)
Serena Bettis
Published April 6, 2024  • 
10:00 am

REEDLEY – Four years into its transformation from a hospital district to a grant-making agency, the Sierra Kings Health Care District (SKHCD) celebrated the nearly $350,000 in grants it awarded over the last year. 

Inside the Kings Canyon Unified School District’s (KCUSD) board room, SKHCD CEO Chinayera Black-Hardaman spoke about the programs SKHCD has helped fund at a grant awards ceremony on April 4. Black-Hardaman explained to SKHCD’s guests that the district focuses on addressing obesity, diabetes and behavioral health, and awards most grants to programs that line up with those goals. 

“Although we’re a funder, we call ourselves a partner, because we couldn’t do what we do unless you all partner with us to make that thing happen,” Black-Hardaman said. 

SKHCD also presented ceremonial checks to 20 high school students from Reedley and Parlier who received $1,000 scholarships from SKHCD and Kaiser Permanente to support their plans to pursue a career in health care.

Serena Bettis
General Assignment Reporter