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Kaiser Permanente Approves $13 Million in Community Benefit Grants in First Quarter of 2009
Date:4/28/2009

Funding Focuses on the Safety Net and Elderly Care in Underserved Communities

OAKLAND, Calif., April 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente announced today that it has approved more than 400 grants and donations totaling approximately $13 million in the first quarter of 2009. The not-for-profit health care organization's grants focused this quarter on expanding access to specialty care in the safety net and improving care for the elderly.

"In these times of great need, we must strengthen support for the most vulnerable people in our communities, such as the uninsured and the elderly," said Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D, senior vice president, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. "When specialty care is deferred due to lack of access, individuals and communities experience unnecessary hardships. Kaiser Permanente's grants are helping communities come together to address this access challenge."

Kaiser Permanente's grants nationwide included, but were not limited to, the following:

Strengthening the Safety Net

Kaiser Permanente has awarded five Southern California coalitions $900,000 each, totaling $4.5 million, through the California Specialty Care Access Initiative. These grants are part of a coordinated, statewide program initiated and led by Kaiser Permanente and launched in 2007 to increase access and reduce demand for specialty care among uninsured and underinsured populations. The initiative targets access to care in various specialties such as gastroenterology, orthopedics, neurology, ophthalmology, and cardiology. The following lead agencies are recipients of the Specialty Care grants this quarter:

  • The East Valley Community Health Center
  • The Kern Medical Center
  • The Latino Health Collaborative
  • The Valley Care Community Consortium
  • The Venice Fam
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