ATLANTA, Dec. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente is providing 40 Atlanta-area nonprofit organizations with a surprise holiday gift in the mail this year: over $1.4 million in grant funds to support local health initiatives. The end-of-year grants range from $5,000 to $250,000 and focus on increasing access to health care for low-income, uninsured or underinsured individuals; funding for nursing and pharmacy scholarships; and other community health programs.
"These grants demonstrate our commitment to improving access to care and the health of metro area residents. Each organization receiving a grant helps fulfill our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve," said Evonne Yancey, Kaiser Permanente's director of Government and Community Relations.
Metro Atlanta area organizations receiving grant funds from Kaiser Permanente include:
Safety Net Providers
A total of 29 safety net providers (examples: free clinics, community clinics, hospitals) who participated in a Kaiser Permanente commissioned safety net study will share in a total of $620,000 to support their programs for the uninsured.
The Atlanta Women's Foundation
The Atlanta Women's Foundation will receive $250,000 to establish an initiative to create opportunities for women and girls to understand the components of good health and improve their well-being.
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Kaiser Permanente is providing $150,000 to support a multi-year community health improvement initiative aimed at improving the health status of residents living in South DeKalb's Belvedere neighborhood.
Several organizations will receive $50,000 grants focused on reducing health disparities, improving care and coverage for the low income and homeless, and creating wellness programs. These organizations include:
The American Cancer Society,
The DeKalb County School System,
Morehouse School of Medicine,
St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services and
the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.
(Following is a listing of all community organizations receiving Kaiser Permanente grant funds.)
Below are all community organizations that received end-of-year grant funds from Kaiser
Permanente. AID Atlanta Hands of Hope Clinic, Inc.
American Cancer Society Hebron Community Health Center
Center for Black Women's Wellness, Inc. Kennesaw State University Foundation
Center for Community Based Partnership McIntosh Trail Community Service Board
Clayton College and State University Medical Network for Education and Research
Clayton County Board of Health Mercer University School of Pharmacy
Cobb/Douglas Board of Health Ministries United for Service and Training
DeKalb Community Service Board Morehouse School of Medicine
DeKalb County Board of Education Oakhurst Medical Centers, Inc.
DeKalb County Board of Health Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services, Inc.
Fulton County Department of Health Southside Medical Center, and Wellness Inc.
Fulton Life Enrichment Foundation, Inc. Sweetwater Valley Community
Action Mission Program, Inc.
Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Inc. The Arch Foundation for the University of Georgia
Georgia Mountains Community Services Board The Atlanta Women's Foundation
Georgia Perimeter College The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Georgia State University The Good Samaritan Health Center, Inc.
Good Shepherd Clinic, Inc. The Road to Recovery, Inc.
Grant Park Family Health Center, Inc. West End Medical Centers, Inc.
Gwinnett County Board of Health YMCA of Metro Atlanta
Gwinnett Hospital System, Inc. YWCA of Greater Atlanta