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February 25, 2010

Kaiser Permanente Partners with Northwest Health Foundation to Dole Out More Than $3 Million in Public Health Grants

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kaiser Permanente Northwest and the Northwest Health Foundation awarded more than $3 million in grant funds to aid 25 Oregon organizations that work to address the social determinants of health in our communities.

The money is part of an annual grant-giving initiative financed by the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund to advance the health of the areas served by Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

“The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund is an integral part of our efforts to improve the health of our community,” said Dan Field, director, Community Benefit and External Affairs at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “Healthy communities require more than just access to medical care. Real health care reform means addressing the underlying social determinants of health, and these grants aim to do just that.”

Each of the selected organizations seeks to enhance the social factors that promote health equity and/or eliminate the factors that contribute to health disparities in our communities. Projects range from establishing youth councils to improve the outcomes of school-based health centers to addressing the health and equity impact of urban planning. Many of the projects take a preventive or “upstream” approach to improving our community’s health by addressing the root causes of health disparities.

“These grant recipients are all committed to addressing the behaviors that lead to healthy and unhealthy outcomes,” said Thomas Aschenbrener, president of the Northwest Health Foundation. “They also know that improving the health of everyone in the community means reducing health disparities among different populations.”

The following organizations received grants:

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Portland


Casa Latinos Unidos de Benton County, Corvallis


Center for Diversity and the Environment, Portland


Center for Intercultural Organizing, Portland


Central City Concern, Portland


Child Advocates, Inc., Oregon City


The Children’s Institute, Portland


Clark County Health Department, Vancouver, WA


Community Cycling Center, Portland


Community Health Partnership (Capacity Building), Portland


Community Health Partnership (Implementation), Portland


Ecotrust, Portland


Fair Share Research & Education Fund, Portland


Innovative Housing, Inc., Portland


Multnomah County Commission of Children, Families and Community, Portland


Native American Youth and Family Center, Portland


Neighborhood Partnerships, Portland


Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc., Portland


Organizing People, Activating Leaders, Portland


Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon, Portland


Partnership for Safety and Justice, Portland


Sisters of the Road, Portland


Upstream Public Health, Portland


VOZ Workers’ Rights Education Project, Portland


Western States Center, Portland


The Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at Northwest Health Foundation was established with $28 million in 2004. To date, the Community Fund has awarded 90 public health grants totaling more than $15 million to organizations in Oregon and southwest Washington. The fund was established to support community-based efforts to enhance social factors that promote health equity, and help eliminate those factors that contribute to health disparities.

While health care reform is being debated across the country, the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund is achieving real, effective health care reform right here in the Northwest, by addressing the critical factors that lead to healthier people and healthier places.

About the Northwest Health Foundation
The mission of the Northwest Health Foundation is to advance, support and promote the health of the people in Oregon and southwest Washington. The Foundation invests in efforts that address the root causes of health through community-driven solutions and seeks to ensure that the voices of all people are represented in health policy discussions. Northwest Health Foundation focuses its work in three areas: public health, health care reform, and health workforce. More information can be found at

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