Press Releases: National
July 29, 2008
Kaiser Permanente Approves $22 Million in Community Benefit Grants in Second Quarter of 2008
Focus on Community Health and Charitable Care and Coverage
OAKLAND, Calif. – Kaiser Permanente announced today that it has approved more than 415 community benefit grants and donations totaling approximately $22 million in the second quarter of 2008. The quarter's contributions continue to support the organization's commitment to programs that will make a measurable impact on the health of its communities.
"Kaiser Permanente has a long history of funding programs that extend good health practices beyond the doctor's office and into the community," said Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D., senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. "We are extremely pleased to contribute to programs nationwide that include collaborative efforts to provide quality care, support programs that improve community health and bolster our commitment to our nonprofit partners."
Care and Coverage for Low-Income People
In its continued support of providing uninsured families with ongoing access to comprehensive care, Kaiser Permanente awarded $150,000 over two years to Maternal and Child Health Access, an agency that works to improve the health of Los Angeles County's low-income women and families through advocacy, education, training and direct services.
Funding of $100,000 over the next two years also will go to the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County to establish a Medical Legal Community Partnership. The partnership will focus on issues of housing, environmental health, immigration, access to public benefits, domestic violence prevention and health care rights.
Safety Net Partnerships
The "Tools for Quality" Program is among the projects Kaiser Permanente has targeted to receive a two-year $750,000 grant for Safety Net community clinics and health centers. This funding is to enable the clinics and health centers to adopt technology to improve chronic disease care. Kaiser Permanente is committed to supporting the Safety Net, which serves California's uninsured and low-income populations who often live in underserved communities that are especially vulnerable to health disparities.
Community Health Initiative
As part of its commitment to fighting obesity, Kaiser Permanente has pledged $750,000 over two years toward a study by the Institute of Medicine titled, "Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention: Integrating Action and Evidence." The study will establish appropriate scientific criteria for assessing the evidence-base for community- and policy-level obesity prevention efforts and develop practical recommendations to make evidence-informed decisions.
Other grants addressing obesity prevention in local communities include a $220,000 contribution to the California Medical Association Foundation for the "Physicians for Healthy Communities–Obesity Prevention Project" to develop a web-based registry that will connect physicians to local organizations engaged in obesity prevention activities. A $300,000 grant was also awarded to the California Task Force on Youth & Workplace Wellness to support programs such as the development of the "California Fit Business Award" recognizing workplace wellness programs; the "School Wellness Challenge" to assist schools in developing and implementing their school wellness policies, and legislative luncheons to educate state legislators and the public about various healthy eating, active living topics such as food stamps, menu labeling and access to water in schools.
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: www.kp.org/newscenter.