Kaiser Permanente Awards $80,000 to Hawaii Public Health Institute

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group of people holding a large check for $80,000
Maria Borje-Bonkowski, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Regional Compliance Officer, left, with Jaylen Murakami, Makamae Namahoe, Roella Foronda, Scott Stensrud and Jessica Yamauchi— all from HPHI.

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente has awarded an $80,000 community benefit grant to Hawaii Public Health Institute, a nonprofit, policy-based organization bringing together community organizations, government, academia and businesses to improve the quality of life for people in Hawaii. The grant will support the development of policies and systems to build healthier communities and improve health and wellness in Hawaii.

HIPHI’s focus areas include activities supporting obesity prevention, including healthy eating and active living; oral health; school-based health; and other community health initiatives. It will continue to improve outreach and efforts through existing measures, such as the Coalition for Tobacco-Free Hawaii, the Obesity Prevention Task Force and Hawaii Coalition for Oral Health.

Additionally, HIPHI plans to identify statewide and county-specific health policy priorities, develop factsheets and infographics on key health issues, create a health policy agenda for 2019, conduct a statewide public opinion poll and share results with legislators, and conduct a policy and advocacy training. It will also develop and disseminate its annual legislative recap piece for partners, legislators and community members in 2019.

“Affecting health policy creates meaningful change at a statewide and countywide level, providing better access to resources and information for our residents,” said Dave Underriner, president Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. “HIPHI’s legislative work, community outreach and advocacy are critical to creating healthier communities in Hawaii.”

About Hawaii Public Health Institute
Hawaii Public Health Institute (HIPHI) is a non-profit hub for health, bringing community-based organizations, government, academia, foundations and business together to improve the quality of life for the people of Hawaii. HIPHI collaborates on a variety of issues that impact health, including transportation, education, access to healthy food and economic opportunity.

About Kaiser Permanente
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, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group 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.