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Community Groups Benefit From Over $190,000 in Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Grant Funding

August 15, 2014

kids holding pumpkins in a field in Hawaii Students hold up items from Mala'ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School, which runs a farm-stand for low-income families.

HONOLULU – Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced that it has selected six community health and wellness organizations to receive grants for their work serving Hawaii’s youth and populations at risk. The following recipients will be awarded a combined total of more than $190,000 in community benefit funds:

  • The Department of Education received $34,200 to implement the Playworks recess model to promote physical activity in targeted Hawaii schools, following a successful pilot program in Castle Complex schools during the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Honolulu Theater for Youth was awarded $20,000 for their work integrating core concepts of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Eating Active Living initiative in theater-based programs for preschool children.
  • Hawaii Appleseed Center will receive $45,000 to study the impact of disciplinary practices in Hawaii public schools, and its effect on low-income Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander children.
  • Hep Free Hawaii received grant funding for $41,970 to continue its work facilitating patient care and providing outreach and education for at-risk populations.
  • Kupu’s “CommunityU” will receive $45,000 to lead youth advocacy programs with a focus on community heath and the HEAL initiative.
  • Mala’ai: The Culinary Garden of Waimea Middle School was awarded $5,000 to implement a farm stand program to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income families on the Big Island.

“Kaiser Permanente wants to play an active role in improving the health of our community,” said Joy Barua, director of Community Benefit and Health Policy. “Through these grants, and working hand in hand with our community partners, we have the opportunity to support youth, promote healthy eating and provide services to vulnerable populations.”

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