Kaiser Permanente awards $895K to improve community health

Kaiser Permanente’s mid-Atlantic region is providing $895,000 in grants to community organizations and non-profits throughout the mid-Atlantic region in support of community health initiatives.

The 15 grants support programs that improve health and well-being throughout the region. The health system, which has more than 770,000 members in the region and 33 medical centers, provides grants each year to organizations that support the environmental and socioeconomic drivers of health in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia as part of its ongoing commitment to improving community health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for support in 2020. Kaiser Permanente’s 2020 grants in the mid-Atlantic region will support the following organizations and initiatives:

·        Wesley Housing Development Corporation of Virginia: Bringing Affordable Housing and Healthcare Access to Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia.

·        Bailey’s Crossroads Health Access Partnership: Culmore Clinic: Reducing Barriers to Healthcare Access in Bailey’s Crossroads/Culmore, Virgini

·        Medical Care for Children Partnership Foundation: Comprehensive Health Services for Children in the Bailey’s Crossroads and Culmore Communities

·        Liberty’s Promise: Empowering Immigrant Youth in Culmore/Bailey’s Crossroads to Succeed

·        The Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools: Justice High School Health and Medical Sciences Expansion Planning Grant

·        Housing Initiative Partnership Inc.: Purple Line Corridor Outreach & Counseling Initiative

·        Windward Fund: Washington Regional Food Funders: Creating a healthier, more equitable, and more sustainable food system

·        Family Services Inc.: Improving Mental Health and Resiliency for At-Risk Youth and Families: Thriving Germantown Community HUB

·        Central Kenilworth Avenue Revitalization Community Development:Health and wellness activities targeted to the Hispanic community in Greater Riverdale led by native Spanish speaking community organizers.

·        Latino Economic Development Corporation of Washington: Purple Line Small Business Resilience Program

·        United Way of Central Maryland: The Impact of the Benefits Cliff on Maryland’s ALICE Families

·        South Fairfax Regional Business Partnership Inc.: Bailey’s Crossroads MicroLoan and Technical Assistance Program

·        University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation Inc.: University of Maryland SMHP School Mental Health Expansion at Vivien T. Thomas Project

·        Associated Catholic Charities Inc.: Expanded School Mental Health Program

·        IM.E. Organization, Inc.: Community Health Program – Lockerman Bundy

At the core of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving health and well-being is robust support of community and social health initiatives.

This includes strategies to address social factors that impact a person’s total health, such as access to basic nutrition, a place to live, and economic opportunities. Kaiser Permanente focuses its community investments in neighborhoods and ZIP codes where there are significant and preventable barriers to good health. Since its inception 75 years ago, the organization has maintained a deep and abiding commitment to health equity and the elimination of health disparities. Through its integrated care delivery approach as well as its community health focus, Kaiser Permanente is working to identify, address and anticipate individuals’ and communities’ social health needs to positively contribute to total health.

In June, Kaiser Permanente launched the Mid-Atlantic Community Network  through a partnership with Unite Us. The new network provides a comprehensive and free community resource linking social service organizations, health care providers and public agencies in the region to help community members meet their social health needs. The network launched in Washington and suburban Maryland in June and will expand to Baltimore and northern Virginia later this year and in 2021.


Originally published on The Daily Record.

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