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Kaiser Permanente gives out community grants

1:58 PM, Nov 10, 2009   |    comments
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Each year, Kaiser Permanente Ohio awards grants to an array of nonprofit organizations throughout our service area. These target  priority areas of prevention, children and youth, and improving social determinants of health. 

The 2009 grantees are:

Akron Children's Hospital: ($24,495) The grant will help fund the "2010 Pediatric Diabetes Camp." This camp teaches and promotes prevention and disease management for youth with diabetes through fun and educational activities.

Ultimately, the goal of the camp is to help the children become more comfortable and confident when dealing with diabetes.

Akron Beacon Journal Charity Fund, Inc.: ($10,000) Funding will benefit the "Orthodontic and Eye Care for Summit County Children" project which provides orthodontic treatment, eye examinations, and eye glasses to children under age 18 who have been unable to receive necessary dental and eye care, generally for financial reasons.

Cleveland State University College of Science: ($28,652.25) Funding will help enhance the regional health science education field and work to transition a greater number of high-school students into health related pre-professional career programs in college.

The program will also recruit more minorities into health careers, ultimately working to improve the quality of health care provided to low-income and minority patients.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Northeast Ohio Chapter: ($10,000) The "Education and Outreach Program" will use the funding to increase the number of educational workshops per year, and to facilitate support meetings for people with Type 1 diabetes.

Children's Hunger Alliance: ($30,000) This grant will work to serve 300 low-income children in Cleveland through the "Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities Program."

This program provides after school nutrition education aimed at combating childhood obesity due to poor nutrition. Children will gain access to the information and skill development needed to make healthy choices through self esteem and team building lessons and activities.

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center: ($25,000) Funds will directly support the "Comprehensive Approaches to Sexual Violence Prevention" program which offers specific sessions that focus on the prevention and reduction of youth affiliated sexual violence. The program also supports the "Men of Strength Clubs" (MOST) which raises young men's awareness of the importance of male involvement in rape prevention. 

Epilepsy Association: ($10,000) The "Youth Epilepsy Education Program" educates children and youth about epilepsy and its causes, including the importance of reducing risky behaviors that may cause head trauma, and how to respond when someone has a seizure.

For children K-3, the program is delivered through a puppet show called "Kids on the Block." Children in grades 4-12 receive information through a video and facilitated discussion about epilepsy.

University Hospitals, MacDonald Women's Hospital: ($30,000) (3-year request totaling $90,000) The "Centering Pregnancy Program" is a model for prenatal care which seeks to improve health outcomes for young mothers, ages 14-25, and their children. The program integrates health assessment, education and support into a unified session within either a group setting, or the privacy of a one-on-one interaction with a provider.

The Center for Community Solutions (CCS): ($25,000) CCS is partnering up with Cleveland State University (CSU) to launch "Cleveland's Living Room." This program will conduct forums and provide material on various health topics to be held at Cleveland Public Library branches.

The primary objectives are to inform Cleveland residents of important health issues affecting their lives, and to provide guidance and information for citizens to improve their individual health and the health of their communities.

Cuyahoga County Office of Early Childhood/Invent in Children: ($35,000) "Parenting Plus at Home" is dedicated to helping families with young children diagnosed with a chronic medical condition. The program is dedicated to teaching stress management training to the families by providing supportive techniques and enhancing their coping resources.

Providence House: ($60,000) The grant supports "Days of Care," a nationally recognized Crisis Intervention and Abuse/Neglect Prevention Model, that offers round-the-clock services and immediate housing placement solutions for infants and young children when they are at risk of abuse or neglect due to family situations.

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