WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills announced today that it has awarded $889,347 in grant funding to 18 community organizations in the west San Fernando Valley and Ventura County.
The organizations will receive their three-year grants on August 5, 4-6:30 p.m., during an awards reception at the Performing Arts Education Center at Calabasas High School, 22855 W. Mulholland Highway, Calabasas, CA 91302.
“We understand that good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital,” said Michael Carter, executive director of Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills. “That’s why we use our Community Benefit Grants Program to support nonprofit agencies that offer direct health care services or address public policy aimed at improving community health.”
Jennifer Lopez, community benefit manager for Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills, said the grants support critical health needs in our local communities.
“Thanks to our grant program, we’re able to support our nonprofit community partners in their efforts to expand access to care, provide preventive health care to vulnerable adults and children and improve physical and nutritional care in underserved neighborhoods.”
Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills awards grants in four distinct categories: Access to Health Care for Vulnerable Populations, Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL), Emotional and Social Support, and Oral Health.
2014 Community Benefit Grant Recipients
- Caregivers: Volunteers Assisting the Elderly in Ventura will receive $60,000 to sustain in-home support and transportation services for more than 550 homebound seniors as well as expand free services for isolated, frail seniors.
- CAUSE in Ventura will receive $60,000 to improve health outcomes by empowering residents through a leadership pipeline to advocate in their community for environmental changes that reduce childhood obesity.
- Center for Living and Learning in the San Fernando Valley will receive $24,869 to provide peer facilitators to a support group for those transitioning into the workforce from drug treatment and incarceration.
- El Centrito Family Learning Center in Oxnard will receive $60,000 for their Padres Promotores initiative to engage Latino and immigrant parents through peer-to-peer support and trainings.
- The Foundation for Educational & Employment Resources Development Inc. in Oxnard will receive $24,869.40 to provide swim lessons and certified junior lifeguard training and employment.
- Grandparents as Parents in the San Fernando Valley will receive $60,000 to provide peer advocacy for kinship families via support groups and mental health services.
- Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in the San Fernando Valley will receive $60,000 for a Recuperative Care Center to help homeless individuals recovering from an illness or medical emergency.
- North Valley Family YMCA will receive $60,000 to create school-based parent advocacy councils that help identify, inform and implement policies to improve the physical and nutritional health of students, staff and administrators.
- One Step A La Vez in Fillmore will receive $24,869.40 for a peer-to-peer program to support released incarcerated and probationary youth in partnership with the Juvenile Justice System and Fillmore Unified School District.
- Safe Passage in the San Fernando Valley will receive $24,869.40 for “Stepping Stones to a New Life,” a peer-to-peer counseling program for victims of domestic violence.
- SOS Mentor in the San Fernando Valley will receive $60,000 to provide the tools for middle school students to create environmental and policy changes that enhance healthy eating and active living options at their schools.
- Turning Point Foundation in Ventura will receive $60,000 for its Homeless to Home Project which provides a Peer Health Navigator to assist persons who are homeless and mentally ill.
- United Cancer Advocacy Action Network in Thousand Oaks will receive $24,869.40 to prevent and manage dental caries due to the treatment of radiation and chemotherapy through education and collaboration with local non-profit dental programs.
- United Way in Ventura County will receive $60,000 to implement a dental care provider referral system for children needing care, including a process for determining eligibility, among other services.
- Valley Village in the San Fernando Valley will receive $45,000 to provide oral health care to people with developmental disabilities.
- Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation in Ventura will receive $60,000 to coordinate culturally and linguistically responsive access to donated dental treatment for underserved youth, 18 years and younger.
- The Village Family Services in the San Fernando Valley will receive $60,000 to provide supportive services to homeless and at-risk youth.
- Westminster Free Clinic in Thousand Oaks will receive $60,000 to provide free access to primary health care, including screening, preventive services, mental health and chronic disease support.
About Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high quality, affordable health care services to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 3.7 million members in Southern California. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.