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Kaiser Permanente Approves $43 Million in Community Benefit Grants in Fourth Quarter 2008
Date:2/3/2009

for the Center to Promote Healthcare Access, to establish a partnership between the Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District to expand programs to increase the number of children and families enrolled in health and social service programs.

Community Health Initiatives

Kaiser Permanente has awarded $250,000 to the California Food Policy Advocates of Southern California, for the Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Project. This project targets improving access to healthy food for low-income children under 5 years old -- a vulnerable population for which early intervention can have a long-term impact.

Kaiser Permanente has also provided a grant of $100,000 to fund Youth Radio, an Oakland-based program designed to promote the intellectual, creative and professional growth of youth ages 14 to 24. Funding will support a Mind-Body Health Center for youth access to healthy food, physical activity on site, mental health counseling, school and preparatory assistance, job training and career coaching.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta is the recipient of a $175,000 grant for the creation of LEANkids, an after-school program designed to lower obesity rates, increase physical activity, improve nutrition and improve the self image of Atlanta youth from ages 6 to 12.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health plan. Founded in 1945, the program is headquartered in Oakland, Calif. Kaiser Permanente serves 8.6 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Today it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente Medical Groups. Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes approximately 164,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and 14,000 p
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