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

remaining $150,000 will support the establishment of a statewide Elder Abuse Policy Council, whose duties will include educating policymakers on elder mistreatment issues.

The University of Southern California will receive $240,000 for the Andrus Gerontology Center's Fall Prevention Center of Excellence Coalition. The grant will focus on building a sustainable Fall Prevention Coalition and strategic plan to provide services, help reduce injuries from falls, and provide training and advocacy for culturally diverse, underserved communities.

Addressing the Social, Economic and Environmental Determinants of Health

The Hacienda Community Development Corporation of Portland, Ore., is the recipient of $150,000 to support the development of the Micro Mercantes Cooperative, an initiative promoting the sale of prepared food at local farmers markets. In addition to making fresh and nutritious food easily available to the community, funding will train entrepreneurial residents of the area in management, finance, and marketing, with the goal of developing a business plan and building an independent, self-sustaining cooperative.

Mercy Corps of Portland received $244,824 to develop the "Building Freedom through Lifelong Information For Entrepreneurs" program. Through skills training, employment opportunities and matched savings accounts, the LIFE program is designed to help women, who were formerly incarcerated at the Coffee Creek Correctional Institution, to achieve economic stability.

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