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January 22, 2013

Kaiser Permanente Awards Grants to Four Colorado Springs Area Nonprofit Organizations

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Kaiser Permanente Colorado, the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, today announced it has awarded $59,500 in grant and donation funding to four Colorado Springs area nonprofit organizations during the fourth quarter of 2012.*

Local Communities Received $68 Million in Grants from Kaiser Permanente

The recipients of the funding include:

Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care — $10,000
Through the funding provided by Kaiser Permanente, Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care will provide increased support for quality end-of-life care to patients who live on a fixed income, have limited insurance benefits, or are completely uninsured.

SET Family Medical Clinic of Colorado Springs — $10,000
Funding from Kaiser Permanente will support the Senior Well Being program. The SET Family Medical Clinic manages the Senior Well Being program, which serves seniors living in subsidized or low-income neighborhoods in El Paso County. This program is designed to lessen the amount of social isolation among the low-income senior population by promoting wellness, healthy living, nutrition and socialization.

Big Brothers, Big Sisters Pikes Peak — $15,000
With support from Kaiser Permanente, the Student Success Initiative will implement new strategies to impact children's attendance, behavior and grades — indicators that have been linked to high school graduation rates. The result will be a new mentoring model that continues to evolve to support the school-related needs of Colorado’s at-risk children, putting more young people on the path to graduation and lifelong success.

Community Partnership for Child Development — $24,500
CPCD’s In-Home Education Program offers early childhood education, parenting skills classes, and health education in families’ homes. With support from Kaiser Permanente, the In-Home Education Program will support health and nutrition education for children and their parents, as well as referrals to community support organizations.

“Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving the health of our members and the communities we serve,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government and external relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “One way we are able to accomplish this is by funding and partnering with organizations that provide comprehensive, effective and culturally competent services to meet the needs of their communities. These four organizations have served Colorado Springs and surrounding areas for decades. We are honored to partner with them to help solve health challenges.”

Kaiser Permanente has provided high-quality, convenient health care to more than 56,000 members living in southern Colorado since 1997, with access to more than 800 affiliated providers in the area. In addition, the Kaiser Permanente Pueblo North Medical Offices, located at 3670 Parker Blvd. in Pueblo, offers members family medicine, internal medicine and pediatric care. In Colorado Springs, Kaiser Permanente also offers primary care to members 55 and older at its Briargate Senior Health Center, located at 4105 Briargate Parkway. Both medical offices provide laboratory, pharmacy and routine radiology services for all members. Visit kp.org to learn more about Kaiser Permanente. To learn more about the Kaiser Permanente community benefit programs, go to kp.org/communitybenefit.

*The Denver Foundation is a community foundation serving the seven-county Metro Denver area. The Kaiser Permanente Community Health Fund is administered by The Denver Foundation as a donor-advised fund. The Denver Foundation administers more than 900 funds for businesses, individuals and families, established for a wide range of charitable purposes since its founding in 1925.

About Kaiser Permanente Colorado
Kaiser Permanente Colorado is the state’s largest nonprofit health plan, proudly working to improve the lives and health of Colorado residents for more than 40 years. Kaiser Permanente Colorado provides comprehensive health care services to more than 535,000 members through 26 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The health plan was named “Highest in Member Satisfaction” among Commercial Health Plans by J.D. Power and Associates for the fifth straight year. Kaiser Permanente was recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as the top-ranked commercial health plan in Colorado, No. 6 in the nation and the second ranked Medicare plan in the U.S. Kaiser Permanente was also recently recognized as a 2012 Hypertension Champion by Million Hearts™. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente proudly directed more than $90 million to community benefit programs to improve the health of all Coloradans. For more Kaiser Permanente news, visit kp.org/newscenter or follow us on twitter @kpcolorado or facebook.com/kpcolorado.