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Kaiser grants provide access to health care, offer nutrition and prevent youth violence

By From page A4 | July 16, 2013

Kaiser Permanente has announced $1.4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations that serve the community by improving access to health services, promoting healthy eating and active living, and preventing community and family violence.

The Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grants are awarded annually.

This year there are 56 grants ranging from $7,500 to almost $100,000. They come at a time when government funding is not always available and private donations may be inconsistent, a news release said.

“I admire all the leaders and teams at these organizations and what they are trying to accomplish,” said Patricia Rodriguez, senior vice president and area manager for Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center. “The impact of their work on our community is tremendous.”

Nearly $186,400 in grants were awarded to six programs in Yolo County:

CommuniCare Health Centers, $39,361 for expanded access to care for unstable, severely mentally ill resident residents of Yolo County who are insured or on Medicare. This will help establish a patient-centered health home that integrates mental health care, primary care, referral and case management, health education, chronic care management, assistance with medication costs, and other patient support services.

Health Education Council, based in West Sacramento, $35,715 for a park prescription pilot project. The goal of the project is to increase the prescription of outdoor physical activity to prevent (or treat) health problems resulting from poor diet or inactivity.

Health Education Council, $52,000 for the Don’t Buy the Lie Program. This program helps share an anti-tobacco message with students in middle school and high school, delivered by Victor DeNoble, a former research scientist and whistleblower against the seven major tobacco companies.

Yolo County Children’s Alliance, $25,000 to support the West Sacramento Family Resource Center. These funds will help the center ensure access to care by identifying, enrolling and retaining low-income children and adults in the family support programs for which they are eligible.

Yolo Family Service Agency, $15,000 for counseling children and their families through school-based therapeutic services in West Sacramento. The program’s mission is to help children succeed in school so they can be active, productive and happy.

Harm Reduction Services, $19,322 for a project addressing the education and referral needs of young individuals who are using drugs. These youths are generally not effectively attached to community services, medical care and drug treatment. HRS will offer direct support, free medical care, syringe distribution, health education and referral help.

 For more information about Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grants, visit www.kp.org/communitybenefit.

Enterprise staff

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