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May 10, 2011 > Eden Awarded Grant

Eden Awarded Grant

Submitted By Stacey Hoang

Eden I&R (Information & Referral), Inc. received a $10,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to pilot a new program that will offer 2-1-1 callers in southern Alameda County information on select health education classes.

"We are excited about this new project. Not only are we providing 2-1-1 callers with information that meets their immediate basic needs, but we are going one step further by providing them with health education classes for a healthier living community," said Barbara Bernstein, Eden I&R's Executive Director.

For this pilot project, 2-1-1 callers from the cities of San Leandro, Hayward, Union City, Newark, Fremont, and the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, San Lorenzo, and Fairview will receive information on select free and low-cost health education classes. All classes listed are aligned with Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Priorities in "reducing obesity and overweight rates in adults and children" and "improving prevention and management of diabetes and cardiovascular disease."

Simply by dialing 2-1-1, southern Alameda County callers will be able to receive information and referrals to the over 2,600 health and human service programs available throughout the county, as well as gain access to information on upcoming classes that can benefit their health.

2-1-1 is a toll free number, available 24/7 and in over 150 languages for the public to access health, housing and human service information and referrals. All calls are confidential and are handled by professionally trained Phone Line Resource Specialists who assess needs and then provide the appropriate referrals. Currently 2-1-1 Alameda County handles over 9,000 calls per month, the largest call volume in the 9 Bay Area Counties.

To learn more about Eden I&R, 2-1-1 Alameda County, or this pilot program, visit To learn more about Kaiser Permanente, go to

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