Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Awards Grants to Support School-Based Health Programs

Press Release
three men holding a large check with donation for the American Diabetes Association
Garan Ito, American Diabetes Association board chair, left; LJ Duenas, ADA Hawaii director; and Garret Sugai, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii vice president, Health Plan Service and Administration.

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced that it will give two local nonprofits $55,000 in community benefit grants to support school based health programs. The grants support Kaiser Permanente’s mission of total health by funding programs that improve the mental, physical and social well-being of Hawaii’s residents.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center received $35,000 to improve access to adolescent, school-based health services in Waianae with school-based health centers at Waianae High School and Waianae Intermediate School. In the past year, nearly 1,200 middle school and high school students were served at WCCHC’s school-based health centers; more than 200 of those students were uninsured or underinsured. The grant will increase access to behavioral health services, screenings and group sessions with a licensed adolescent clinical psychologist.

American Diabetes Association received $20,000 to support the ongoing implementation of Act 214 in Hawaii, which authorizes Department of Education employees to volunteer and assist students with diabetes testing, insulin administration, and glucagon administration in emergencies. The grant will provide training for 100 personnel in 15 schools to perform routine and emergency diabetes care for more than 1,000 students living with this chronic condition.

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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 Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. 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 Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.