We connect individuals and families to the medical coverage, primary and preventative care, and social services and healthcare resources they need to lead healthy lives.

Our approach is peer-driven, one-on-one, and most importantly, effective. It is our goal to help:

  • Increase understanding of healthcare issues for uninsured and underserved people
  • Help them overcome the challenges that prevent them from getting coverage
  • Educate residents about their healthcare options
  • Offer in-person, in-language assistance
  • Provide onsite assistance for patients in local emergency departments

Our History

Former Sacramento Mayor Joe Serna, Jr. had a vision for all children to enjoy good health through better nutrition and medical care. When we originally set out with our Cover the Kids program, that’s exactly what our focus was: the kids.

But over time, our our scope changed and the program grew to include children and adults. With a vision of good health for all residents, SC became an independent organization in 2013. Since then, we’ve worked hard to help the underserved in our community navigate their way to healthcare coverage, and we’ve created groundbreaking new programs that tackle the complex issues tied to healthcare access.

Our innovative Navigator Program has become the cornerstone of our work. Through this program we’ve been able to help more than 50,000 people enroll in healthcare, educate them on better health and nutrition, and connect them to care and other needed resources.

Though we’ve come a long way, our work will not be finished until every resident in Sacramento County is enrolled in a healthcare plan and has access to the care they need.


In the past three years, we’ve helped more than 50,000 residents find healthcare coverage, family doctors, schedule appointments, and most importantly, improve their health.

Click here to see our map of 2015 enrollment and navigation services.

Click here to see our 2013 – 2015 chart of growth in enrollment and navigation services.


Our Board

Michelle Odell

Michelle Odell is the Director of Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento, where she oversees all aspects of Public Affairs including community relations, government relations; community health and community benefit planning; and internal and external communications, including media relations.

In addition to serving as the Chair for Sacramento Covered, Odell also is the Director for the local PBS affiliate (KVIE), and the Los Rios Foundation. She is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum and a member of the Mayor’s Gang Task Force. Previously. Odell served on the Board of Directors of WEAVE, Elk Grove Economic Development Corporation, The Sacramento Ballet, The Sacramento Public Library Foundation, Sacramento Children’s Receiving Home, The Sacramento Theatre Company and Stanford Home for Children.

Ashley Brand

Ashley Brand is the Director of Community Health and Outreach for Dignity Health’s Greater Sacramento Service Area hospitals. She provides leadership and oversight for programs and initiatives that are aimed at building safety-net capacity and increasing access to care for the underserved communities. Ashley is responsible for ensuring services and initiatives are aligned with priority health issues in the community, support strategic objectives of the Service Area, and meet state and federal reporting requirements. Ashley has over 10 years of experience developing, implementing and managing programs that target the underserved and uninsured populations in both Northern and Southern California and internationally.

Gordon Fowler

Gordon Fowler is the President/CEO of 3fold Communications, with a mission of "contributing to thriving communities.” Fowler brings Sacramento Covered a wealth of knowledge in the areas of strategic marketing and business solutions and branding. In addition to managing 3-Fold, Gordon plays an instrumental role with The Glue Factory, an innovative incubator space focused on building community-based entrepreneurs, as well as The Impact Foundry (formerly the Nonprofit Resource Center), an association of, and resource for, nonprofits serving the 29 counties in Northern California.

Phil Horn

Phil Horn is the Vice President of Ticket Sales and Services for the Sacramento Kings, where he oversees all strategy and execution related to selling tickets to all Sacramento Kings home games in an effort to sell the arena out on a nightly basis. Phil has championed a “Sales 3.0” philosophy with his team, leading the way in cutting-edge, disruptive sales acceleration technologies in the sports industry. Recently named one of Sacramento’s 40 under 40, Phil is passionate about his community and brings that passion and enthusiasm to Sacramento Covered.

Gary King

Gary King serves as SMUD’s Chief Workforce Officer, where he is responsible for enterprise services--such as procurement, fleet, and facilities management--as well as for human resources, health and safety, workforce development, and inclusion. His role also includes information technology and information security. Sacramento Covered is pleased to have Gary and his wealth of knowledge on our Board of Directors.

Erica Taylor

Erica Taylor serves as the Vice President, Communications and Community Relations for Golden 1 Credit Union. In her role she oversees the internal and external communications, community partnerships, corporate giving, and financial education. In addition to Sacramento Covered, Erica serves on the boards of directors for the Los Rios Foundation and the Sacramento Metro Chamber.

Keri Thomas

Keri Thomas serves as the Director of Community and Government Relations for the Sutter Health Valley Area. She is responsible for working with elected and community leaders and not-for-profit agencies on sustainable programs that enhance community health in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, Solano, Amador, Yuba and the South Valley which includes San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Modesto counties in California.

Robert Waste

Robert Waste, UC Davis Health System Director of Government and Community Relations and UC Davis Health System Clinical Professor, brings a high level understanding and depth of health care knowledge to the Sacramento Covered Board of Directors. Robert is the former Chair of the Department of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Sacramento and has held fellowships at both Harvard and Yale University. He has authored several books and has been a frequent television and newspaper commentator on public policy at the national, state and local government levels.


Kelly Bennett

Claire Sinclair

Lorena Sanchez

Joil Xiong


SAVE THE DATE! 17th Annual Healthy Kids Day on May 6th!

Sacramento Covered is proud to announce our 17th Annual Healthy Kids Day!  This year’s free community event will be on Saturday, May 6th at the new Golden 1 Center Pavilion on 500 David J Stern Walk, Sacramento, CA 95814.

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Sacramento County Board Resolution of Recognition (02/24/2017)

On Tuesday, February 28th, the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors presented Sacramento Covered with a Resolution recognizing its 16th Annual Healthy Kids Day for increasing access to health care and coverage.  Sacramento Covered CEO Kelly Bennett accepted the resolution presented by Supervisor Serna.  Also in this honor included the volunteer nurses who partnered with us to provide hundreds of free flu shots.

We are incredibly grateful and owe the success of Healthy Kids Day 2016 to all of our sponsors and community partners who collaborated with us in making the event possible.  Our work continues at this year’s Healthy Kids Day – happening Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at the new Golden 1 Center!


To view video, click here.

16th Annual Healthy Kids Day (12/10/2016)

Healthy Kids Day 2016

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, Sacramento Covered hosted its 16th Annual Healthy Kids Day at Sleep Train Arena. With the support from sponsors and community partners, the event provided hundreds of FREE flu shots, dental and vision screenings, blood pressure checks, and over 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to families and individuals of all ages.

If you did not have a chance to see the coverage, check out the links below:


What is Sacramento Covered?

Sacramento Covered is a 501(c)3 dedicated to improving the overall health of residents in the Sacramento region by connecting them to medical coverage, primary and preventative care, and other needed resources.  Since its inception in 2013, Sacramento Covered has assisted more than 50,000 area residents.

When was Sacramento Covered created?

Sacramento Covered evolved from the City of Sacramento’s “Cover the Kids” program, which was inspired by the late Mayor Joe Serna, Jr. in 1999.  Sacramento Covered became an independent organization in July 2013, and now operates in five hospital emergency rooms, community clinics, its main office and additional sites throughout the community.

What makes Sacramento Covered unique?

Our innovative navigator program has become the cornerstone of our work.  This highly successful program mitigates specific barriers to accessing care in the region through a one-on-one, peer-driven approach.  Health and patient navigators are responsive to the changing healthcare environment.  As such, they are knowledgeable about the multitude of resources available to area residents and help them improve understanding of the healthcare delivery system.

What does Sacramento Covered do?

Through the deployment of health and patient navigators in area hospitals and throughout the community, we provide one-on-one, in-language assistance that connects people to care and coverage.  We provide  culturally competent outreach, education and enrollment services with the purpose of empowering people with information about the healthcare delivery system.

How is Sacramento Covered different from Covered California?

California Covered is the state-run exchange that offers healthcare insurance.    Sacramento Covered is a non-profit organization that educates people about the enrollment process and teaches them how to use their coverage, as well as helping them access timely primary and preventative care and other services.

What is meant by “coverage does not mean access?”

The Affordable Care Act brings the opportunity for healthcare coverage to more people than ever before.  However, we know that having health insurance does not ensure access to medical care.  Many people who now have insurance do not know how to navigate the system, and basic confusion over managed care creates challenges for many. Sacramento Covered helps the uninsured, newly insured and underserved in our community overcome barriers to care.  We help patients gain access to primary and preventative care, which decreases dependency on hospital emergency departments for primary care and improves the quality and continuum of care.

How many languages are spoken by Sacramento Covered staff?

We are proud to serve the English, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian and Hmong-speaking communities.  These populations are culturally diverse and include those living at or below the poverty line, the undocumented and/or mixed-status families, those with low English fluency, and those who need additional assistance accessing care.

What do navigators do?

Our navigators are extremely knowledgeable about the ever-changing healthcare environment and the resources available to area residents.  They represent the communities we serve and have extensive experience working with various health programs available to Sacramento County residents.  Navigators advocate in many ways like providing education, identifying health resources and assisting patients to reduce barriers to care through transportation, interpreting and other services. Through their efforts, Sacramento Covered is reducing dependency on hospital emergency departments for primary care and improving the quality and continuum of care in this region.  

How often do navigators contact clients?

Sacramento Covered navigators follow up with families at least three times during the first six weeks after our initial contact and are available to clients as needed.  Many families develop a rapport with their navigators and seek services beyond this timeframe. Oftentimes, more than one navigator helps a patient because some patients have multiple needs that require differing expertise.  

How does Sacramento Covered help people overcome barriers to care?

Sacramento Covered helps people address and mitigate specific barriers in order to gain timely access to primary and preventative care.  Barriers may include the lack of transportation; difficulty finding a provider that accepts particular insurance; lack of affordable child care options; and cultural/language barriers – just to name a few.  

How is Sacramento Covered funded?

Sacramento Covered is a grant-funded organization.  The majority of its funding comes from local hospitals, health plans, and state and local health service agencies.