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Kaiser Permanente Approves $12 Million in Community Benefit Grants in Third Quarter of 2008
Date:10/28/2008

Focus on Education and Providing Quality Health Care to Disenfranchised

Communities

OAKLAND, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente announced today that it has approved more than 490 community benefit grants and donations totaling approximately $12 million in the third quarter of 2008. The not-for-profit organization is committed to supporting programs that enhance education and strengthen the quality of health care to underserved communities and the homeless.

"Kaiser Permanente is reinforcing its commitment to the communities we serve by supporting programs that focus on the importance of good preventive health and address the barriers to quality care for many Americans," said Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D., senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. "Good health starts with a healthy local environment. By providing sustained support to local organizations, we are able to make a direct, positive impact on issues like the shortage of health care workers, homelessness, the uninsured and childhood obesity."

Key grants in each of the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit focus areas are included below.

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Kaiser Permanente awarded $312,000 in funding for a Health Career Scholarship Program at the Oregon Health Career Center. The goal of the program is to award 115 scholarships to prepare high school seniors from underserved communities for careers in the health professions.

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Post- Baccalaureate Program received $100,000 to support the program, which assists California residents from disadvantaged backgrounds to gain admission to medical school. Students will be selected based on evidence that they will likely return to serve their communities as future health care providers.

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Kaiser Permanente awarded $1 million to La Maestra Community Hea
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