Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente has announced community-benefit grants totaling approximately $13 million to organizations working to expand access to safety-net specialty care and improve care for the elderly.
The more than four hundred grants include $900,000 each to the East Valley Community Health Center, Kern Medical Center, Latino Health Collaborative, Valley Care Community Consortium, and Venice Family Clinic as part of the California Specialty Care Access Initiative, which is designed to increase access and reduce demand for specialty care among uninsured and underinsured populations.
In addition, Kaiser Permanente awarded $275,000 to the University of California, Irvine Center for Excellence in Elder Abuse and Neglect for its pharmacy training program and to establish a statewide Elder Abuse Policy Council; $250,000 to the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center to implement electronic health records at one of its clinics; $244,824 to Mercy Corps in Portland, Oregon, to help formerly incarcerated women achieve economic stability; and $240,000 to the University of Southern California to establish a fall prevention coalition at its Andrus Gerontology Center.
"In these times of great need, we must strengthen support for the most vulnerable people in our communities, such as the uninsured and the elderly," said Raymond J. Baxter, senior vice president of Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, Research, and Health Policy. "When specialty care is deferred due to lack of access, individuals and communities experience unnecessary hardships. Kaiser Permanente's grants are helping communities come together to address this access challenge."