Continuing its strong commitment to support the communities it serves, the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center announced that it will award a total of $464,000 in Community Benefit grants to 44 nonprofit organizations across Los Angeles County in 2016.
The grants support community-based organizations and community health clinics that are dedicated to providing direct services that improve the health and well-being of the communities within the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center geographic service area.
"We believe that our support and collaboration with local partners is key to helping improve the overall health of our community," explained Mario Ceballos, community benefit manager at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. "This is just one of the many ways in which our medical center hopes to create the positive impact we all envision for our communities."
The Los Angeles Medical Center's grant funding is informed by Kaiser Permanente's (No. 1 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) annual Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). Grants are awarded to organizations in one of four community health need categories: Access to Health Care, Prevention and Management of Pediatric Obesity/Diabetes Prevention, Prevention and Management of Adult Hypertension, Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease, and Early Detection, Prevention and Management of Mental Health Illness.
As listed in the Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center 2016 CHNA report: "Good health for the entire community, which we call Total Health, requires equity and social and economic well-being."
Programs supported by Los Angeles Medical Center's community benefit help underserved individuals and families receive primary care, specialty, dental and mental health care. They also teach people how to manage chronic diseases, promote preventive care, provide healthy eating and active living education, and support basic needs such as employment training, food security, housing and transportation.
The 44 2016 Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center Community Benefit grant recipients are:
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