Kaiser Permanente Gives $279,000 to Improve Health in Hawaii

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Posted: Tuesday, August 22, 2017 10:25 pm

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Kaiser Permanente Hawaii announced that it has selected five community organizations to receive grants to improve access to quality health care, nutrition and health education across the state.

"Kaiser Permanente is always striving to deliver the message of total health, caring for the mind, body and spirit, in innovative and impactful ways," said Joy Barua, senior director of Government and Community Relations & Community Benefit at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. "Our community partnerships allow us to deliver this message through educational theater, policy initiatives, and research."

University of Hawaii Foundation and the Hawaii Initiative for Childhood Obesity Research and Education received $95,000 to promote water consumption as a healthy alternative to sugary beverages as part of the Hawaii 5210 program. Schools will "earn" water-bottle filling stations through the adoption of policies that reduce or eliminate sugary beverage consumption. The program is a part of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools effort and will provide 12,500 students in 13 Maui schools and 14 Oahu schools with refillable water stations.

Hawaii Public Health Institute received $80,000 to research county-specific health policy priorities, conduct policy and advocacy trainings, and develop a health policy agenda to be distributed to lawmakers prior to the 2018 legislative session start. Priority topics include: healthy eating, increasing physical activity, promoting oral health, increasing immunization rates, decreasing tobacco use, and protecting the Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides invaluable funding for the state of Hawaii’s public health agencies.

The Kohala Center was awarded $60,000 to expand its farm-to-school pilot program, now in its second phase, to increase access and effectiveness of school nutrition programs for underserved families. The Kohala Center will implement USDA child nutrition programs, improve nutritional quality and taste of student meals, and source locally procured meals. The program is expected to benefit 2,500 students at nine schools on Hawaii Island; 71 percent of students at these schools qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

Honolulu Theatre for Youth received $25,000 to bring educational theater to more than 16,000 preschool children in Hawaii. The program will promote emotional and behavioral health through original theatrical productions designed specifically for preschool children. The initiative will integrate core behavioral health concepts into two theatrical productions, "Ouch!" and "The Red Balloon," focusing on empathy for others and effective communication for emotional and physical pain. Parents, teachers, students and staff from ten schools across the state will engage in interactive workshops and classroom activities related to behavioral health education.

The Hawaii State Rural Health Association was awarded $19,750 to expand its Extension for Community Health Outcomes program, developed to address barriers to health care access and workforce shortages by bringing behavioral health skills and resources to primary care providers in rural and underserved areas. The organization will train 20 primary-care providers, psychologists, social and case workers, psychiatrists and pharmacists that serve low-income, rural and underserved communities. Participants will earn continuing medical education credit and training is free at virtual ECHO clinics.

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente

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