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Press Releases: Ohio

November 6, 2009

Kaiser Permanente Ohio Awards Community Benefit Grants for 2009

CLEVELAND — Kaiser Permanente has awarded more than $345,000 to 11 organizations located in the communities in which we serve. The recipients are Akron Children’s Hospital; The Akron Beacon Journal Charity Fund, Inc.; Cleveland State University College of Science; Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Northeast Ohio Chapter; Children's Hunger Alliance; Cleveland Rape Crisis Center; Epilepsy Association; University Hospitals, MacDonald Women’s Hospital; The Center for Community Solutions; Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood/Invent in Children; and Providence House.

Through our mission, Kaiser Permanente contributes to the health of communities with quality, service-oriented and affordable health care. We invest directly in improving community health by providing exceptional medical care, working to increase access for the underserved, and developing and supporting programs that promote healthy living. We strive to be more than traditional corporate citizens by collaborating directly with the community.

Each year Kaiser Permanente Ohio awards grants to an array of nonprofit organizations throughout our service area. These target our priority areas of prevention, children and youth, and improving social determinants of health. Daniel Beck, vice president and regional counsel of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Ohio, highlights the importance of the grants:

“Our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. In that light, I am proud that our Thriving Community Grants will sustain healthy communities across our service area. At a time when Northeast Ohioans continue to cope with incredibly challenging economic conditions, it is especially important for Kaiser Permanente and the like-minded stakeholders we’re working with to support our local community and we are proud to fulfill our commitment through these and future efforts.”

The 2009 grantees are highlighted below:

Akron Children’s Hospital: $24,495

  • The grant will help fund the “2010 Pediatric Diabetes Camp.” This camp teaches and promotes prevention and disease management for youth with diabetes through fun and educational activities. Ultimately, the goal of the camp is to help the children become more comfortable and confident when dealing with diabetes.

Akron Beacon Journal Charity Fund, Inc.: $10,000

  • Funding will benefit the “Orthodontic and Eye Care for Summit Country Children” project, which provides orthodontic treatment, eye examinations, and eyeglasses to children under age 18 who have been unable to receive necessary dental and eye care, generally for financial reasons.

Cleveland State University College of Science: $28,652.25

  • Funding will help enhance the regional health science education field and work to transition a greater number of high-school students into health related pre-professional career programs in college. The program will also recruit more minorities into health careers, ultimately working to improve the quality of health care provided to low-income and minority patients.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Northeast Ohio Chapter: $10,000

  • The “Education and Outreach Program” will use the funding to increase the number of educational workshops per year, and to facilitate support meetings for people with Type 1 diabetes. “We are so grateful to Kaiser Permanente for selecting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as a Thriving Communities Grant recipient. As a result of this funding, we will be able to improve the quality of life and health of those affected with Type 1 diabetes in Northeast Ohio by sharing knowledge and resources and providing support to those living with this devastating disease,” Laura Chalker, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, stated.

Children’s Hunger Alliance: $30,000

  • This grant will work to serve 300 low-income children in Cleveland through the “Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program.” This program provides after-school nutrition education aimed at combating childhood obesity due to poor nutrition. Children will gain access to the information and skill development needed to make healthy choices through self-esteem and team building lessons and activities.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center: $25,000

  • Funds will directly support the “Comprehensive Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention” program, which offers specific sessions that focus on the prevention and reduction of youth affiliated sexual violence. The program also supports the “Men of Strength Clubs,” which raises young men’s awareness of the importance of male involvement in rape prevention.

Epilepsy Association: $10,000

  • The “Youth Epilepsy Education Program’ educates children and youth about epilepsy and its causes, including the importance of reducing risky behaviors that may cause head trauma, and how to respond when someone has a seizure. For children K-3 the program is delivered through a puppet show called “Kids on the Block.” Children in grades 4 – 12 receive information through a video and facilitated discussion about epilepsy.

University Hospitals, MacDonald Women’s Hospital: $30,000 (3-year request totaling $90,000)

  • The “Centering Pregnancy Program” is a model for prenatal care which seeks to improve health outcomes for young mothers, ages 14 – 25, and their children. The program integrates health assessment, education and support into a unified session within either a group setting, or the privacy of a one-on-one interaction with a provider.

The Center for Community Solutions: $25,000

  • CCS is partnering up with Cleveland State University to launch “Cleveland’s Living Room.” This program will conduct forums and provide material on various health topics to be held at Cleveland Public Library branches. The primary objectives are to inform Cleveland residents of important health issues affecting their lives, and to provide guidance and information for citizens to improve their individual health and the health of their communities.

Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood/Invent in Children: $35,000

  • “Parenting Plus at Home” is dedicated to helping families with young children diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. The program is dedicated to teaching stress management training to the families by providing supportive techniques and enhancing their coping resources.

Providence House: $60,000

  • The grant supports “Days of Care,” a nationally recognized Crisis Intervention and Abuse/Neglect Prevention Model, that offers round-the-clock services and immediate housing placement solutions for infants and young children when they are at risk of abuse or neglect due to family situations.

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.

In northeast Ohio, Kaiser Permanente addresses the health care needs of approximately 140,000 members in a nine county area. Services are provided by more than 180 Ohio Permanente Medical Group physicians, 3,000 network affiliated physicians and more than 1,900 non-physician employees. In 2009, Kaiser Permanente of Ohio celebrates 45 years of providing care in Northeast Ohio.

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