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Kaiser grants support community health initiatives


Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has announced $77,207 in grant funding, in support of the following community health initiatives and safety net efforts aimed at promoting access to vision care, oral health care, and diabetes prevention.

* Project Vision – $19,819

The “Better Vision for Better Life” program provides community outreach, vision screenings, access to free eyeglasses, and vision care to children, low-income residents, the vulnerable and the homeless on Oahu and the Big Island.

The grant and matching funds will enable Project Vision to upgrade and outfit with a retinal camera a mobile vision screening vehicle that was recently secured for the Big Island, as well as support outreach and coordination efforts on both islands.

* University of Hawaii Maui College – $11,388.32

Targeting communities and populations with high health disparities, the “Keiki Dental Kits & Oral Health Outreach” program leverages integrated partnerships between community organizations, providers, and health care institutions.

As part of an effort by Kaiser Permanente Hawaii to address the oral health needs of children on the neighbor islands, this grant will provide baby dental packets to pediatric offices, clinics and community health centers on Maui to benefit 4,000 children and their families, as well as provide in-kind support for maternal home visits by community health workers.

* Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center (WCCHC) – $46,000

An alliance of public and private stakeholders, including the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, has formed to specifically address the issue of diabetes prevention through a recognized “Collective Impact” best practice approach.

This grant will assist in the alliance’s place-based approach, which includes assessment of factors contributing to diabetes, mapping community perceptions and assets, identifying indicators and developing metrics for impact.

Through this program, more than 2,000 individuals are expected to be impacted.

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