Kaiser Permanente in Greater Sacramento announced today that it has awarded 55 grants totaling $1.4 million to local not-for-profit organizations, schools, and government entities that seek to improve access to medical care, support mental health services, reduce violence, and promote healthy eating and active living.
The Community Benefit grants – which range in individual amounts from $7,590 to $99,000 – are part of a longstanding practice for the region’s leading integrated health-care provider, which seeks to improve the health of the communities it serves in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer and El Dorado counties.
The largest allocation of funding will help the uninsured and underinsured access health care programs and services at various community clinics and organizations. The Sacramento Native American Health Center, for example, will use its $52,000 grant to implement a team-based approach to improve the outcomes for patients with high medical needs, such as chronic conditions, multiple medications management, and co-occurring disorders.
“This grant will help us identify patients who meet the definition of ‘high need,’ offer a high intensity case management, and have greater impacts on their health outcomes, including helping to prevent emergency room visits,” said Britta Guerrero, chief executive officer of the Sacramento Native American Health Center. “As a result, our medical teams will be able to provide more efficient and effective care, while empowering and educating our patients to advocate for themselves and their condition-specific needs.”
Kaiser Permanente operates medical centers and outpatient clinics in three local service areas – South Sacramento, Sacramento and Roseville. The Community Benefit grants will help thousands of underserved area residents in communities throughout Greater Sacramento.
In 2013, Kaiser Permanente hospitals and health plan provided approximately $207 million in community benefit to the Greater Sacramento region. Community grants are one part of the community benefit portfolio that also includes charity care and coverage provided to uninsured or underinsured individuals in local communities.
For a full list of grant recipients, click on: http://sacramento.kaiserpermanente.org/the-kp-difference/caring-for-our-community.