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

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Other Kaiser Permanente grants to strengthen the safety net include a $250,000 grant to the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center for implementing electronic health records at the Hillsboro, Ore., clinic. The Center plans to implement EHRs at all of its clinics, with the goals of improving the quality of patient care, reducing health disparities, increasing efficiency in the clinic's care delivery systems, increasing patient safety, and decreasing medical errors.

Clinica Campesina Family Health Services of Lafayette, Colo., is the recipient of a $127,800 grant for the "A-L-L Evidence-Based Model to Address Disparities in Diabetes." A-L-L is a Kaiser Permanente-derived pharmaceutical treatment proven to be effective in reducing cerebrovascular and coronary death in diabetics using the drugs Aspirin, Lovastatin, and Lisinopril. The agency is receiving funding and technical support to translate this treatment into practice with its diabetic population.

Improving the Quality of Care for the Elderly

The South Asian Network's Elder Caregivers Program, of Los Angeles and Orange counties, is the recipient of a $100,000 grant to support programs for the elderly by training 100 South Asian caregivers. Funding will increase education for caregivers on aging issues, provide monthly culturally sensitive workshops, and provide peer support group activities for caregivers.

Kaiser Permanente also has funded two grants totaling $275,000 to the University of California, Irvine Center for Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect. Of this amount, a $125,000 grant will support the university's Pharmacy Training Program to develop, pilot, and evaluate a curriculum on elder abuse. Pharmacists and pharmacy staff also will be trained as "gatekeepers" for identifying and reporting elders at risk for abuse, neglect, and self-neglect. The
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