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Kaiser Permanente Approves $22 Million in Community Benefit Grants in Second Quarter of 2008
Date:7/29/2008

Focus on Community Health and Charitable Care and Coverage

OAKLAND, Calif., July 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente announced today that it has approved more than 415 community benefit grants and donations totaling approximately $22 million in the second quarter of 2008. The quarter's contributions continue to support the organization's commitment to programs that will make a measurable impact on the health of its communities.

"Kaiser Permanente has a long history of funding programs that extend good health practices beyond the doctor's office and into the community," said Raymond J. Baxter, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. "We are extremely pleased to contribute to programs nationwide that include collaborative efforts to provide quality care, support programs that improve community health and bolster our commitment to our non-profit partners."

Care and Coverage for Low-Income People

In its continued support of providing uninsured families with ongoing access to comprehensive care, Kaiser Permanente awarded $150,000 over two years to Maternal and Child Health Access, an agency that works to improve the health of Los Angeles County's low-income women and families through advocacy, education, training and direct services.

Funding of $100,000 over the next two years will also go to the Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County to establish a Medical Legal Community Partnership. The partnership will focus on issues of housing, environmental health, immigration, access to public benefits, domestic violence prevention and health care rights.

Safety Net Partnerships

The "Tools for Quality" Program is among the projects Kaiser Permanente has targeted to receive a two-year $750,000 grant for Safety Net community clinics and health centers. This funding is to enable the clinics and health centers to adopt technology to improve chronic disease care. Kaiser Perman
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