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Kaiser Permanente: Investing in Community Health

This fall, Kaiser Permanente pledged community grants to help increase underserved
communities’ access to healthier food, create economic and educational opportunity, and
ensure equitable care. These investments all underscore Kaiser’s commitment to empowering
healthy communities.

Delivering on this commitment, Kaiser Permanente recently announced that in the coming
months it will award grants totaling over $15.5 million to national and community-based
charitable organizations that work to provide access and care to improve health conditions in
Kaiser Permanente-served communities.

One of the organizations supported by these grants is IRCO Africa House, an organization that
provides culturally and linguistically-specific services. With the grant, IRCO Africa House will
train African-American immigrants and refugees as community health workers in Oregon and
Southwest Washington. In Washington, grants will also help the National Alliance on Mental
Illness Washington hire a statewide Youth Outreach Coordinator, and expand its peer-led
“Ending the Silence” program to support mental health among students, teachers, and parents
in Washington state. The Maui Economic Development Board will expand STEM programming
in schools and after-school programs thanks to the Kaiser Permanente grant, while
ProCureWorks will increase access to healthy, sustainable, and regionally-sourced food in
schools and health care systems in California.

“Improving community health is core to our mission and the work we do,” said Community
Health Committee board chair, Cynthia Telles PhD. “By working with communities to identify
priorities and solutions, we can better address and resolve the root causes of poor health.”
In order to serve those most in need and to work to improve community health and equity,
Kaiser Permanente awards quarterly community grants. Kaiser Permanente contributed more
than $2.8 billion to improve health and wellness in communities across the country in 2017 and
will continue these efforts in the years to come.