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June 5, 2007 > Kaiser Permanente awards community grants

Kaiser Permanente awards community grants

At a June 1st luncheon honoring past and present community grant winners, Sylvia Jimenez, Community Benefit Manager and Colleen McKeown, Senior Vice President and Area Manager spoke about Kaiser Permanente's desire to help those organizations that are dedicated to delivering high quality health care and education. Ms. McKeown noted that this was the second annual recognition event designed to promote the "overall health and wellbeing" of the Greater Southern Alameda County community. Over 100 grants and significant in-kind contributions for an educational theatre program to bring health education to thousands of schoolchildren, have been awarded to the area over the last several years.

Funding priorities for the 2007 grant program were in five major categories: reduce rates of obesity and overweight in adults and children; improve prevention and management of diabetes; improve prevention and management of heart disease; improve management of childhood asthma; and reduce pregnancy among 15 - 19 year olds.

Prior to formal presentations, some grantees, including South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative, American Lung Association of the East Bay, Friends of Children with Special Needs, Lighthouse Community Center, Tri-City Health Center and PFLAG displayed materials and spoke with guests. The program highlighted Friends of Children with Special Needs and South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative, two of the 37 grantees for 2007. Attendees were entertained by special performances of Filipinos for Affirmative Action and Cemanahuac Aztec Dancers. The event was held at the Newark Hilton.

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