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KHS Helps Fund School Wellness Programs throughout Kern County

Community news | Friday, March 11, 2022

Contact: Jacquelyn Jans

Bakersfield, CA: Kern Health Systems through its affiliate, Kern Family Health Care is proud to announce that it has opened its 2022 School Wellness Grant Program for public schools and districts in Kern County to implement a school-based wellness program starting in the 2022-2023 school year. The goal of this grant program is to engage students and stakeholders in activities that promote and support the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing among students.

Since 2015, this Program has helped 15 schools in the county to implement wellness programs. Grants were given for school gardens, classroom meditation, healthy cooking lessons, running clubs, social and emotional learning tools, family nights, new sports equipment, filtered water drinking stations, school murals, and much more.

Pamela Dobrenen with the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS), a past grant recipient stated, Funding provided through the 2019-20 Kern Family Health Care School Wellness Grant Program dramatically changed the culture at KCSOS Alternative Education schools. Healthy eating, cooking clubs, food-to-table gardening, fitness, and mindfulness/social-emotional learning are now central to what is available for students on all of our campuses. All four court school sites now have both hydroponic and traditional gardens established and three sites are expanding their programs to include greenhouses. The cooking clubs, started as one of our grant objectives, helped students to discover new foods, cook meals using nutritional recipes and food grown in our school gardens. The ongoing support provided by the Kern Family Health Care team was unexpected and welcomed. Their team is very hands-on and gave us advice and guidance throughout the process. I have no doubt that the grants provided through Kern Family Health Care’s School Wellness Program will have a lasting impact on the health and well-being of the youth in Kern County.”

Schools applying for this grant funding can request up to $50,000 to implement their programs. Applications are due by April 1, 2022 and grant awardees will be announced this summer. Learn more at

About Kern Health Systems

Kern Health Systems, the County Health Authority, is an independent public agency that governs Kern Family Health Care, the Health Plan of more than #326,000 members. As a public entity, Kern Health Systems’ mission is dedicated to improving the health status of our members through an integrated managed health care delivery system.