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Kaiser Permanente Provides $1.4 Million in Holiday Gifts to 40 Metro Atlanta Nonprofits
Date:12/24/2007

ATLANTA, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente is providing 40 Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations with a surprise holiday gift in the mail this year: over $1.4 million in grant funds to support local health initiatives. The end-of-year grants range from $5,000 to $250,000 and focus on increasing access to health care for low-income, uninsured or underinsured individuals; funding for nursing and pharmacy scholarships; and other community health programs.

"These grants demonstrate our commitment to improving access to care and the health of metro area residents. Each organization receiving a grant helps fulfill our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve," said Evonne Yancey, Kaiser Permanente's director of Government and Community Relations.

Metro Atlanta area organizations receiving grant funds from Kaiser Permanente include:

Safety Net Providers

A total of 29 safety net providers (examples: free clinics, community clinics, hospitals) who participated in a Kaiser Permanente commissioned safety net study will share in a total of $620,000 to support their programs for the uninsured.

The Atlanta Women's Foundation

The Atlanta Women's Foundation will receive $250,000 to establish an initiative to create opportunities for women and girls to understand the components of good health and improve their well-being.

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Kaiser Permanente is providing $150,000 to support a multi-year community health improvement initiative aimed at improving the health status of residents living in South DeKalb's Belvedere neighborhood.

$50,000 Grants

Several organizations will receive $50,000 grants focused on reducing health disparities, improving care and coverage for the low income and homeless, and creating wellness programs. These organizations include: The American Cancer Society, The DeKalb County School System, Morehouse School of Medicine, St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services and the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.

(Following is a listing of all community organizations receiving Kaiser Permanente grant funds.)

Grant Recipients

Below are all community organizations that received end-of-year grant funds from Kaiser Permanente.
AID Atlanta Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc.

American Cancer Society Hebron Community Health

Center

Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc. Kennesaw State University

Foundation

Center for Community Based Partnership McIntosh Trail Community

Service Board

Clayton College and State University Medical Network for Education

and Research

Clayton County Board of Health Mercer University School of

Pharmacy

Cobb/Douglas Board of Health Ministries United for Service

and Training

DeKalb Community Service Board Morehouse School of Medicine

DeKalb County Board of Education Oakhurst Medical Centers,

Inc.

DeKalb County Board of Health Saint Joseph's Mercy Care

Services, Inc.

Fulton County Department of Health Southside Medical Center,

and Wellness Inc.

Fulton Life Enrichment Foundation, Inc. Sweetwater Valley Community

Action Mission Program, Inc.

Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Inc. The Arch Foundation for the

University of Georgia

Georgia Mountains Community Services Board The Atlanta Women's

Foundation

Georgia Perimeter College The Community Foundation for

Greater Atlanta

Georgia State University The Good Samaritan Health

Center, Inc.

Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc. The Road to Recovery, Inc.

Grant Park Family Health Center, Inc. West End Medical Centers,

Inc.

Gwinnett County Board of Health YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Gwinnett Hospital System, Inc. YWCA of Greater Atlanta

Kaiser Permanente is the state's largest nonprofit health plan, serving the health care needs of Atlanta metro area residents for 22 years. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. currently provides comprehensive health care services to approximately 275,000 members through 15 medical facilities in a 28-county service, and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. The Health Plan provided more than $5 million in community benefit programs and services.


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