August 15th, 2011
Santa Rosa nonprofit gets $1 million Kaiser grant to fight
By Dan Verel
North Bay Business Journal   

SANTA ROSA — Kaiser Permanente has given a $1 million grant to the Community Activity
and Nutrition Coalition of Sonoma County to help curb obesity and promote healthful eating
in the Kawana Springs and Roseland neighborhoods of south Santa Rosa.

The coalition, also known as Can-C, is an alliance of individuals, professionals and
community-based organizations focused on improving healthful eating and active living.
The investment is part of Kaiser’s new three-year, $10 million Healthy Eating Active Living
(HEAL) Zones initiative across Northern California.

The HEAL Zones are designed to help make healthful choices accessible to more people in
underserved communities — and in turn to prevent diseases such as diabetes and
hypertension that often result from obesity. The project is supported by Kaiser Permanente
through a fund they established at the East Bay Community Foundation.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding from Kaiser Permanente because it will allow us to
work with residents to make changes that reflect the specific needs of our community,” said
Anthony Taylor, health program manager with the County of Sonoma Department of Health
Services, the coordinating agency for the grant. “The partnership with Kaiser Permanente
is invaluable in the campaign to fight chronic diseases associated with overweight and
obesity here in Sonoma County.”

In addition to Santa Rosa,  six other Northern California communities received $1 million
HEAL Zones grants:

Bayview-Hunters Point in San Francisco
Madera in Fresno
Monument in Concord
South Sacramento

Kaiser will also dedicate an additional $3 million to technical and evaluation support as well
as other Northern California place-based community investments over the next three years.

“In the first five years of the HEAL work, we saw increased physical activity, greater
availability of healthy food in corner stores, improvement of our local parks and creation of
safe walkways,” said Yvette Radford, Kaiser’s regional vice president of external and
community affairs. “We also learned that going forward, we could make a greater impact by
concentrating our efforts in smaller, more targeted areas. For Kaiser Permanente, the
HEAL Zones are much more than just funding. They are an extension of the work in our
medical centers, and our commitment to helping create healthy individuals and healthy
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June 2011
by Maura Larkins
Kaiser gives away $1 million during party in new Kaiser building, but at the same time
outdated fluouroscopy equipment into building for its own patients.  US News
and World Report says that
Kaiser's level of technology is low.

Perhaps Kaiser's real goal is self-promotion and political influence.  After all, Kaiser could
use the money it collects from its patients to improve the health of those patients, but
chooses not to.  Perhaps Kaiser would be serving its patients better by simply conducting a
asking for voluntary contributions from its patients for community oral
health.  That way, the patients could get a tax deduction for their charity, and it would be
Kaiser Permanente high-profile gifts
It's good to promote oral health, but is that the real reason Kaiser is creating oral
health grants?  Perhaps the real goal is influence.  After all, Kaiser could use the
money it collects from its patients to improve the health of those patients, but chooses
not to.  Perhaps Kaiser would be serving its patients better by simply conducting a
campaign asking for voluntary contributions from its patients for community oral
health.  That way, the patients could get a tax deduction for their charity, and it would
be voluntary.

Kaiser Permanente Announces Oral Health Grants
Kaiser Permanente
The Lund Report

(August 18, 2011—PORTLAND) Would you guess that clues to spotting the number one
killer of men and women in America can be found in the mouth? It’s true: Studies have
shown a link between heart disease and oral health and that people with gum disease are
nearly twice as likely to develop cardiovascular disease. Poor oral health has also been
linked to Alzheimer’s disease and premature birth weight. In children, physicians say poor
oral health is often a sign of malnutrition.

That’s why Kaiser Permanente has made improving the oral health of our community a top
priority. The 2011 Kaiser Permanente Northwest Oral Health Initiative has awarded multiyear
funding to 10 community-based programs, all of them designed to create an immediate and
lasting impact. This three-year commitment from Kaiser Permanente will total $1.2 million
and touch an estimated 907,440 children and adults.  

“The funding for these organizations reflects Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to the
community in improving oral health as part of total health,” said John Snyder, DMD, Dental
Director and CEO of Permanente Dental Associates.

Here are some examples of how the initiative will affect the community: The Virginia Garcia
School Based Oral Health Initiative will use its $145,000 grant to bring dental care to young
people at Forest Grove and Tigard high schools. Hygienists and dental assistants will
provide onsite education, and four times a year dentists will apply fillings, crowns, and other
needed treatments from the Virginia Garcia mobile clinic van.

Another grant will solidify the oral health partnership between Kaiser Permanente and
Portland Public Schools. This $150,000 grant will strengthen the PPS partnership with the
Friends of Creston Dental Clinic, the only school-based safety net dental clinic in Multnomah
County and one of the few dental clinics serving low-income children in Multnomah County.

Many of the young people served at these clinics have never been to a dentist, so their
visits help them establish lifelong habits of sound oral health. That’s the goal for all 10 of the
organizations receiving grants from the 2011 Oral Health Initiative.  
Kaiser Permanente and La Maestra Community Health Center
Celebrate Ribbon Cutting of Innovative ‘Green’ Clinic
Press Releases: Southern California
July 16, 2010

Rodger Dougherty, Kaiser Permanente, office: 619-528-7783
R. Daniel Hernandez, La Maestra, office: 619-864-6505

SAN DIEGO — With today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, La Maestra Community Health Center
in San Diego, officially welcomed City Heights neighbors and community leaders to preview
the new, larger facility which, thanks to a $1 million grant from Kaiser Permanente, will now
increase capacity threefold and be able to accommodate an anticipated 180,000 patient and
client visits per year. The funding represents the largest grant La Maestra has received to
date from any single donor, and the largest grant Kaiser Permanente has ever given to a
San Diego nonprofit organization.

La Maestra’s new facility is also designed with the highest environmentally friendly standards
in air quality ventilation, lighting, energy-use sources, waste management and natural
materials, and with 36,440 square feet of space in three stories, will allow La Maestra to
increase the full range of primary health care and social services to City Heights.

“We are proud to have supported La Maestra in meeting its mission,” said Benjamin K. Chu,
MD, MPH, president, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “La Maestra and Kaiser
Permanente are both committed to meeting the challenges of responsible environmental
stewardship in the work we do. We all recognize that healthy communities and a healthy
environment are critical to individual health and wellness.”

“Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to improving the health of people living and working in the
communities we serve and one way we accomplish this is through our partnerships with
community clinics such as La Maestra,” said Mary Ann Barnes, senior vice president and
executive director with Kaiser Permanente San Diego. “Such clinics provide complete health
care for the uninsured and underserved, and the opportunity to have Kaiser Permanente
recognized in the naming of the clinic’s Family Medicine and Obstetrics/Gynecology
Departments is a true honor and symbol of our partnership.”
Kaiser Permanente makes $5.1M in Q3 NorCal safety net
San Francisco Business Times
Chris Rauber, Reporter
November 16, 2011

Kaiser Permanente    has made $5.1 million in third-quarter community benefit grants to
safety net hospitals and clinics Northern California, officials told the San Francisco
Business Times.

Funding is being used to increase access to chronic disease management programs,
health screenings and heart disease and stroke prevention programs, among other
programs, according to the Oakland-based health care giant. The two-year grants were
awarded through a Kaiser Permanente fund at the East Bay Community Foundation. They
run from Nov. 1 through October 2013.

Funding is often augmented by clinical expertise and best practices, in an effort to help
shore up the public safety net, said David Shearn, M.D., the Permanente Medical Group’s
regional director of physician education and development.

Among others, Kaiser made the following Q3 grants:

$200,000 to Alameda County for four clinics working to reduce heart attack and stroke for
approximately 2,700 patients.
$200,000 to San Mateo Medical Center for expand intensive case management for 1,000
new Latino patients with “poorly controlled diabetes.”
$200,000 to San Francisco General Hospital, to expand its work with heart attack and
stroke patients to a seventh clinic reaching an additional 1,300 patients.
$150,000 to the School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County, to help educate youngsters
who are overweight about healthier habits.

Other grants went to the San Francisco Community Clinic Consortium, San Francisco’s
Women’s Community Clinic, St. Anthony Free Medical Clinic/St. Anthony Foundation,
Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, and the East Bay’s Asian Health Services, Axis Community
Health, and the Berkeley-based Lifelong Medical Clinic, said Kaiser spokesman Joe

All told, the new batch of grants will allow 16 additional safety net clinics and public
hospitals implement Kaiser’s “Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes Every Day” program,
which has reduced those conditions by up to 60 percent among high-risk patients who
follow a low-cost medication regimen, and other quality-improvement efforts, Kaiser said.

Kaiser gives $17.3M in community grants - $5.2M in NorCal
San Francisco Business Times
November 8, 2011

Kaiser Permanente    says it awarded community grants to 675 Golden State nonprofits
and community benefit organizations in the third quarter, including $5.2 million to such
organizations in Northern California.

Raymond Baxter, Oakland-based Kaiser’s senior vice president of community benefit,
research and health policy, made the announcement late last week.

It came just before the health care giant announced its third-quarter and first nine months’
financial results.

Kaiser makes grants in several distinct categories including, but not limited to: promoting
healthy communities; expanding access to health care; and developing and disseminating
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January 28, 2012
Knabe Releases
Statement on Kaiser
Permanente's $1M
Grant to Long Beach
by Long Beach Post

Supervisor Don
Knabe, of Los Angeles
County’s Fourth
District, issued the
following statement
the news of Kaiser
Permanente’s $1 Million
grant for a three year
investment in a Healthy
Eating Active Living
(HEAL) program in North
Long Beach:
“I want to congratulate
Mayor Bob Foster and
9th District
Councilmember Steve
Neal for their hard work
and commitment to
healthy living in North
Long Beach. Long Beach
continues to raise the bar
on providing education
and opportunities for its
residents to make healthy
lifestyle choices. This
grant acknowledges that
dedication. Through
community partnerships
and this generous
funding, those most in
need will have

access to healthy foods
for their families and
more opportunities to
participate in physical
activities necessary for
good health and well-

"I appreciate Kaiser
Permanente’s investment
in our community and
look forward to the
positive results that can
be shared with other
communities in Los
Angeles County."
2:18pm | Healthy choices
will be easier in North
Long Beach due to a
Kaiser Permanente's $1
million 3-year investment
in Healthy Eating Active
Living (HEAL). The City
of Long Beach
Department of Health and
Human Services (Health
Department) received
this grant from Kaiser
Permanente to promote
the public's health in
targeted areas of North
Long Beach. The Health
Department has been
granted the funds as the
coordinating agency of
the Coalition for a
Healthy North Long
Beach, an alliance of
community groups
focused on improving
health for all residents in
North Long Beach.

“The Kaiser Permanente
HEAL grant will help us
improve the lives of
residents, and transform
entire neighborhoods,”
Mayor Bob Foster said.

"The residents of North
Long Beach will be thrilled
at the chance to work with
the Coalition for a Healthy
North Long Beach and key
partners to improve the
health of our community by
encouraging healthier
living and more active
lifestyles," said 9th District
Councilmember Steven
Neal. "I am also delighted
to work with Kaiser
Permanente, the
neighborhoods and
community groups to
inspire policy, systems,
and environmental change
through some of the
exciting initiatives planned
over the next three years."

The investment in North
Long Beach is part of
Kaiser Permanente's new
three-year, more than $7
million HEAL Zones
initiative across Southern
California. The HEAL
Zones are designed to
help make healthy
choices accessible to
more people in
underserved communities
— and in turn to prevent
diseases such as
diabetes and heart
disease that often result
from obesity.

“Obesity is one of the
most pressing health
concerns for our
communities today. We
are especially concerned
about the high rate of
childhood obesity in
North Long Beach, where
55% of individuals over
12 years of age are
overweight or obese,”
said Joseph Colli, MD,
assistant area medical
director and Pediatrician
at Kaiser Permanente
South Bay Medical
Center. “Poor diet,
inactivity and obesity
contribute to the risk for
many health issues, such
as type 2 diabetes, high
blood pressure and
stroke. That’s why it’s
important that we all work
together to create
opportunities for children
and families to eat
healthier and move more
in communities like North
Long Beach."

The vision of the HEAL
Zones is that at the end
of the three-year grant
period, communities will
be measurably
transformed so that
opportunities for
engaging in healthy
behaviors – walking and
biking on safe routes,
buying affordable fresh
fruits and vegetables
close to home, exercising
in parks and participating
in active after-school
programs — are part of
daily life.

“The Health Department
team is excited to receive
this funding from Kaiser
Permanente and are
proud to be partners with
them in the fight against
obesity in our
community,” said Ronald
R. Arias, Director of the
City's Health Department.
“The Health Department
and the Coalition for a
Healthy North Long
Beach look forward to
working together to
create lasting changes to
make the North Long
Beach community a
healthier place for all to
eat better and move
more as part of their daily
life. In the end, its all
about having fun and
getting outside to walk,
run, swim, bike and play.”

The North Long Beach
HEAL Zone project brings
together partners from the
Coalition for a Healthy
North Long Beach
including the Office of 9th
District Councilmember
Steven Neal, the
Department of Parks,
Recreation and Marine,
the Department of Public
Works, the Department of
Development Services,
Long Beach Unified
School District, Long
Beach Community Action
Partnership, The Children’
s Clinic, Californians for
Justice, and various
Local Communities Received $68 Million in Grants from
Kaiser Permanente in 2011
By Kaiser Permanente
Feb. 10, 2012

Grants totaling $29.4 million were awarded by Kaiser Permanente in the fourth quarter to
725 organizations that are bringing meaningful and timely solutions to the communities
they serve. This brings total grantmaking to $68 million for 2011.

"There is a deep connection between Kaiser Permanente and the communities where our
members, physicians and employees make their homes," said Raymond J. Baxter, senior
vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy. "We are proud to work
with a diverse group of credible organizations in these local areas to make better health a

Kaiser Permanente awards grants in distinct categories including, but not limited to:
promoting healthy communities, expanding access to health care, and developing and
disseminating knowledge.

Kaiser Permanente ContributionsThis is a sampling of the grants awarded by Kaiser
Permanente in the fourth quarter of 2011.

A $330,000 grant has been awarded to The Coalition of Orange County Community
Health Centers to bring resources and opportunities for member clinics to enhance the
quality of clinical care delivered to their patient populations and to strengthen operations
as they prepare for the impact of health reform.
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta received a $500,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente of
Georgia to provide access to care for underserved people through partnerships with
community-based organizations, clinics and health centers. The project supports issues
identified through strategic health assessments, including increasing the number of
babies born full-term; reducing homeless individuals' reliance on emergency rooms;
providing care to uninsured people living with HIV/AIDS; establishing new primary care
access points; and providing care coordination in safety-net clinics.

The Marion County Health Department near Portland, Ore., received a $170,000 grant to
establish healthy corner stores in the Northern Marion County cities of Gervais, Hubbard,
Mt. Angel and Woodburn, where there are a high percentage of families living in poverty.

ALL PHASE, an initiative that utilizes low-cost and generic medications and clinical
interventions to reduce heart attacks, will be implemented at Community Clinic, Inc. in
Rockville, Md., through a $143,949 grant. The project will benefit CCI patients age 55 and
older with diabetes, and select diabetic patients ages 40 to 54 who are also high risk for
heart attack and stroke.  With patient involvement, the project will develop care
management plans and enhance care coordination. A team-based approach, comprised
of three components: treatment, psychosocial solutions and patient personal goals, will
be implemented.

In support of the collaboration between the Hawaii Dept. of Health and Hep Free Hawaii, a
$40,350 grant was awarded to raise awareness and encourage active participation in the
prevention, diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis and liver disease in Hawaii.  
Together, the two entities will coordinate with local Asian and Pacific Island populations
and community groups to develop culturally appropriate and accessible educational
materials.  Hawaii has the highest liver cancer rate nationwide and Hepatitis is seen as a
major contributing factor, affecting mostly API populations of which Hawaii has a high-

In Northern California, grants totaling $335,000 were awarded to five community clinic
consortia across the region to help enroll patients in subsidized health insurance
programs — and keep them enrolled— by incorporating new processes into clinic
systems. The grants will help strengthen clinic capacity to keep individuals continuously
enrolled in health coverage, a critical step in the successful implementation of health
In Ohio, a Thriving Communities grant of $25,000 will support the Cleveland Foodbank's
Children's Nutrition Initiative.  CNI is designed to meet the needs of children at risk of
hunger.  Through the BackPacks for Kids, Kids Cafes and Summer Feeding Programs,
Cleveland Foodbank ensures that participating children do not go hungry in the
evenings, on weekends, or over summer vacation.
UCR: Medical school gets $3 million Kaiser grant
Press Enterprise
April 03, 2013

Kaiser Permanente of Southern California has given the UC Riverside School of Medicine
a two-year $3 million grant, school officials announced Wednesday, April 3.

The money will bolster the school’s $10 million annual budget, providing funds for
outreach efforts and scholarships for eight of its 50 incoming students. The school opens
its doors for the first time this fall.

“It’s a significant percentage of our support,” said medical school Dean G. Richard Olds.
“It’s a huge influx of funds for us, and it’s part of our core mission.”

Kaiser Permanente of Southern California has about 3.5 million health plan members in
an area stretching from San Diego to Ventura County. It has hospitals in Riverside and
Fontana and is exploring building a medical center in Temecula.

Olds said most of the Kaiser grant will be used to strengthen “pipeline program,” which
cultivates interest in medicine among students at Inland high schools and middle schools.
The goal is to generate greater diversity in potential applicants to the medical school, he

The grant will fund a weeklong Medical Leaders of Tomorrow summer camp for as many
as 50 students from the seventh through 10th grades who are at risk both educationally
and socioeconomically. The students will attend workshops on study skills, leadership
and team building and will attend science presentations including lab and clinic tours.

A second summer program, for incoming college freshmen, is a booster for students who
have expressed an interest in pursuing medical careers.

The grant also will provide $20,500 scholarships for eight medical students. Annual
tuition for the school is $32,000, Olds said.

He said the school is continuing to seek grants and support from outside agencies, even
as it tries to secure $15 million in annual funding from the state. State Sen. Richard Roth,
D-Riverside, is among those pushing for the money to be included in the state budget for
the coming fiscal year. The money has been removed from past budgets by Gov. Jerry

“I can’t just wait for $15 million to get through the state,” Olds said. “We’re out there
looking for funds. We’re really glad to get this one, and we’re obviously trying to get
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