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July 2, 2013 > Grants fund healthy living programs

Grants fund healthy living programs

Submitted By Jessie Mangaliman

Kaiser Permanente has awarded $536,000 in grants to 34 programs serving local communities in southern Alameda County as part of its annual Community Benefit grants program. "Our approach to community involvement is more than funding," said Arleen Carino, Community Benefit Manager for the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program in southern Alameda County. "We work side-by-side with community organizations and safety net of community clinics and public health systems to improve health, share our experience and expertise."

Local organizations and programs that received grants this year include:

REACH Ashland Youth Center: A new center in the unincorporated community of Ashland, received a grant for a Peer Health Education project addressing reproductive and sexual health needs of youth in unincorporated Alameda County.

Davis Street Family Resource Center (San Leandro): Awarded a grant to establish a Saturday pediatrics dental clinic twice a month for uninsured or underinsured children.

City of Fremont Parks and Recreation Department: Received a grant to conduct water safety and swimming skills for children and adults.

Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF): Awarded a grant to host 10 raised bed gardens for Fremont's ethnic groups - Afghanis, Indians, Filipinos, Chinese and Mexicans - to engage them in discussions and dinners about healthy eating.

Alameda County Deputy Sheriff's Association: Awarded a grant to build a community-wide effort that will teach young people pro-social behaviors to prevent youth violence.

For more information, go to: kp.org/newscenter.

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