Creating Healthier Communities With More Than $15.5 Million in Grants

The communities where people live, work or go to school — in some cases down to the ZIP code or block — play an important role in health.

That’s why Kaiser Permanente will award grants totaling more than $ 15.5 million in the coming months to community-based and national charitable organizations working to ensure access to care and improve the conditions for health in the communities Kaiser Permanente serves.

“As a nonprofit health system, a vital part of our mission is to improve community health,” said Cynthia Telles, PhD, Community Health Committee board chair. “Our goal in Community Health is to address the root causes of poor health and engage our communities in identifying priorities and solutions.”

Some of the organizations that Kaiser Permanente will fund include:

ProCureWorks, a project of Health Care Without Harm, will increase access to healthy, sustainable and regionally sourced food in schools and health care systems in California.

Maui Economic Development Board will expand STEM programming in schools and after-school programs to increase student interest and build career pathways for local youth in science, health care and technology fields.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Washington will hire a statewide Youth Outreach Coordinator and expand its peer-led Ending the Silence program to support mental health among students, teachers and parents in Washington state.

IRCO Africa House, an organization that provides culturally and linguistically specific services, will train African-American immigrants and refugees as community health workers in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“We know health is about more than health care,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s chief community health officer. “We know food and activity play a critical role in health, and access to economic opportunity and education provides a foundation for healthy living. These grants are part of Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to improve all aspects of our communities’ health.”

Quarterly community grants such as these are part of the contributions that Kaiser Permanente makes each year to serve those most in need, collaborate to improve the conditions for health and equity in the communities it serves and apply technology to create community-based solutions. In 2017, Kaiser Permanente contributed more than $ 2.8 billion to improve health and wellness in communities across the country.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Supports Community Health Initiatives With $105,000 in Grants

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 105,000 in community benefit grant funding to three neighbor island nonprofits working to improve community health and promote active living.

“Encouraging healthy, active lifestyles helps our keiki develop good habits that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Dave Underriner, president Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “We’re proud to support community initiatives that enable our children to get outdoors and thrive.”

Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii was awarded $ 45,000 to promote accessible, safe bikeways and pathways for Hawaii Island residents through the Mayor’s Active Living Advisory Council, founded in 2013 with funding from Kaiser Permanente. PATH will develop a Safe Routes to School master plan for Hawaii County, with Walk to School Day programs in 12 schools and bike-share programs in Hilo and Kona. PATH will also provide a three-day bike safety education program and helmets to 1,200 students in 18 Hawaii Island schools.

Boys and Girls Club of Maui received $ 40,000 to promote healthy eating and physical activity among after-school program participants on Maui. The Triple Play program will support a Healthy Habits curriculum with nutrition, education and fitness components, encourage more physical activity and help youth track the progress of their health and fitness goals. The program will take place at six Boys and Girls Club of Maui clubhouses, reaching approximately 1,500 youth between the ages of 6 and 17.

Maui Economic Development Board was awarded $ 20,000 to expand STEM programming in schools and after-school programs in order to increase student interest in science, health care and technology fields. The grant also aims to improve students’ self-confidence, team-building skills and social skills. It will also help build career pathways for local youth by implementing 32 education and workforce development programs in 29 schools across the state. The program is expected to serve 14,000 students and teachers in Maui County, and an additional 31,000 statewide.


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, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group 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: kp.org/share.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards $119,000 in Grants to Support Health Care Workforce and Economic Development

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $ 119,000 in community benefit grant funding to three nonprofits seeking to promote economic opportunity and support workforce development throughout the state.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing the shortage of health care workers and promoting economic opportunities in Hawaii,” said Dave Underriner, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “Supporting Hawaii’s health care sector, and helping small businesses grow and create jobs are among many ways we are committed to a thriving Hawaii.”

Hawaii Community College (via UH Foundation) was awarded $ 69,333 for the school’s nursing program to help address health care labor shortages on Hawaii Island. Ninety percent of the school’s nursing graduates — approximately 40 students per year — go on to work in health care positions on Hawaii Island, addressing a critical need for care providers in rural areas. The grant will be used to purchase a simulation mannequin that provides essential clinical education and hands-on skills learning to maintain accreditation for the nursing program.

Patsy T. Mink Center for Business and Leadership, in partnership with Mana Up (via YWCA Oahu), received $ 35,000 to promote economic opportunity, counseling and training for locally owned small businesses, with a specific focus on women’s leadership development. The nonprofits will offer a 10-month professional development course for 11 emerging women leaders, as well as a 12-week accelerator program for 20 local small businesses.

Hawaii Hospital Education and Research Foundation received $ 15,000 to expand scholarships for health care students in Hawaii. A shortage of providers in primary care, specialty care, mental health and oral health care, especially on neighbor islands, affects the health of the entire state. HHERF plans to offer scholarships ranging from $ 500 to $ 2,000 to 15 or more Hawaii health care students pursuing degrees in nursing, medicine, physical and occupational therapy, certified nursing assistant, medical assistant, pharmacy and health care IT.

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, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group 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: kp.org/share.

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