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Kaiser grants support healthy eating, active living


Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has announced more than $132,000 in grant funding to six local community organizations/programs: AIDS Community Care Team, Hawaii Food Policy Council, Kahi Mohala, Palolo Elementary School in partnership with Green Fleet Hawaii, University of Hawaii Maui College, and Transitional Health Science Simulation project.

Grants support healthy eating, active living, and community health safety net initiatives.

“At Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, we are dedicated to making a positive difference in the community and are happy to support programs that encourage exercise and healthy, active lifestyles for families, and offer nutritional education and assistance,” said Janet Liang, president of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii.

Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) grants include:

* Palolo Elementary, in partnership with Green Fleet Hawaii, received $12,500 in grant funding to support Healthy Heart Healthy Planet, a school-wide program that gives children a fun and alternative approach to fitness. Each classroom utilizes a virtual “goal garden” that is powered by students’ physical activities tracked by a solar-powered pedometers.

* The Hawaii Food Policy Council, with the State of Hawaii Office of Community Services, received $6,500 to support various forums to generate innovative ideas for expanding access to healthy, local food for everyone.

Community Health Safety Net Initiatives

Kaiser Permanente supports local health departments, public hospitals, health centers, and other organizations that address disease prevalence and health disparities – collectively referred to as the “safety net” – to help improve care and expand treatment capacity for the communities they serve.

* AIDS Community Care Team, in collaboration with Hep Free Hawaii, received $45,210 for a pilot initiative that will utilize a “patient navigator” concept/model to benefit viral hepatitis patients through learning about treatment and disease management options and connecting with health care providers.

* Kahi Mohala received $12,500 for its Lehua Project, a program unit with the goal of improving the therapeutic environment and care delivery to patients.

* Through a $50,000 grant to the University of Hawaii Foundation, Kaiser Permanente is supporting the Transitional Health Science Simulation project, designed to address ongoing need for nursing clinical and workforce education through the integration of a full range of core clinical experience.

* University of Hawaii, Maui College was awarded a $5,512.94 in support of a program that provides “baby dental packets” and information kits to parent to reduce tooth decay rates among children in Maui. Program will be developed in partnership with community health care centers, pediatricians, and organizations serving needy population.

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