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Kaiser Permanente Awards Grants to Support 41 Sonoma and Marin County Nonprofit Organizations

Kaiser Permanente donated funds to nonprofit organizations to improve the health of the communities in Sonoma and Marin counties. Twenty-three Sonoma County and 18 Marin County nonprofits received Kaiser Permanente grant funding.

Kaiser Permanente makes a direct impact on community health by supporting organizations that are implementing locally identified health improvement programs. The Community Benefit program works in partnership with local nonprofits to address important health needs in their communities.

“Our partnership with  these important organizations is just one of the ways we are working to improve the health of our communities,” said Judy Coffey, RN, Sr. VP and Area Manager, Marin-Sonoma. “In addition to grant funding, Kaiser Permanente also works side by side with our community partners to share medical research, clinical practices, and the expertise of our physicians and staff.”

Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grants fund efforts to address some of the most crucial health issues in Sonoma and Marin counties, including:

·     Improving access to health care coverage, health services and health education

·     Supporting Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) initiatives that help people to eat better and         be more physically active as part of daily life

·     Preventing and treating oral health problems for low-income families without dental insurance

·     Preventing and providing treatment for mental/behavioral health

·     Preventing and providing treatment for substance abuse issues

The grants range from $7,500 to $20,000. The 2014 grantees and their programs are:

In Sonoma County:

·     California Parenting Institute, Child Abuse Treatment Program

·     Catholic Charities of Diocese of Santa Rosa, Helping Homeless Families Thrive

·     Centro Laboral de Graton, Graton Health Promoters for Wellness

·     Community & Family Service Agency, Senior and School Based Mental Health in River Area

·     Community Action Partnership Sonoma County, Give Kids a Smile Dental Care

·     Community Child Care Council Sonoma County, Healthy Kids Club

·     Community Garden Network of Sonoma County, Operating Support

·     Community Matters, Preventing and Reducing Bullying in Sonoma County

·     Council on Aging Services for Seniors, Meals on Wheels Senior Dining Cafes

·     County of Sonoma Department Health Services, Safe Routes to School Matching Grant

·     Interfaith Sustainable Food Coalition, Make CSAs a SNAP

·     Jewish Community Free Clinic, General Operating Support

·     LifeWorks of Sonoma County, LifeWorks El Puente (The Bridge)

·     Lomi Psychotherapy Clinic, Legacy Fund for Mental Health

·     Northern California Center for Well Being , PlayWorks Recess Activity in Schools

·     PDI Surgery Center, Project Tooth Fairy Case Management

·     Redwood Community Health, Strengthening Health Insurance Enrollment Capacity

·     Redwood Empire Food Bank, Megan Furth Harvest Pantry

·     School Garden Network of Sonoma County, Growing School Gardens

·     SOS Community Counseling, SOS Transition and Sustainability Project

·     Valley of Moon Children Services, Dental Services for Kids at VMCC

·     Verity, Children First

·     YWCA of Sonoma County, Domestic Violence Mental Health Services

In Marin County:

·     Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM), Farm Fresh Incentives for CalFresh Families

·     Canal Alliance, Latino Immigrant Behavioral Health Services

·     Center for Domestic Peace,  Domestic Violence Safety Net Services

·     Healthy Community Consortium (HC2), Partnership Support

·     Healthy Marin Partnership, Partnership Support

·     Huckleberry Youth Programs, Huckleberry Teen Health Program

·     Jewish Family and Children’s Services, BOOST Older Adult Mental Health

·     La Luz Center, Healthcare Access for All

·     LIFT for Teens. Davidson Community School Health Hub

·     Marin Center for Independent Living, Breast Cancer Benefits Planning

·     Marin City Community Services District, The Marin City Action Academy

·     Mentor Me Petaluma,  Healthy ME! (Healthy Mentoring Experiences)

·     North Bay Children’s Center, Garden of Eatin’ Obesity Prevention Program

·     Novato Youth Center, Behavioral Health Promotion

·     Parent Services Project, Canal Promotores-Access to Care

·     Petaluma People Services Center, Bounty Hunters Community Network

·     Rotacare Free Clinic of San Rafael,  Operations Support

·     San Geronimo Valley Community Center, San Geronimo Valley Health Access


About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 9 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery   and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/newscenter.

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