March 16, 2021

Healthy lifestyles for our children and seniors

More than $100,000 in funds will support youth diabetes prevention and help seniors age in place.

Kula No Na Poe Hawaii delivers a healthy meal to kupuna, or elder, in Papakolea.

Contact: Laura M. Lott
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HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii has awarded $111,777 in community benefit grant funding to 2 organizations working to create healthier habits and environments for “keiki” and “kupuna” — our children and elders — in Hawaii.

The American Diabetes Association received $25,000 to shift its Imagine Project Power program to a virtual setting in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Imagine Project Power provides youth between the ages of 7 and 13 who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes with tools and resources to develop healthy, lifelong, and sustainable habits. Participants in the program, called “campers,” will be organized into small groups with an assigned virtual counselor who will guide them through weekly challenges and activities. Campers and their parents or guardians will also have virtual one-on-one sessions with medical practitioners to discuss diabetes management and tips for incorporating exercise and healthy diets into daily routines.

Kula No Na Poʻe Hawaiʻi received $86,777 for its Kupuna Community Care Network II program, which serves Native Hawaiian kupuna from Papakolea, Kewalo, and Kalawahine Hawaii Homesteads. Participants will receive basic technology education, information on the effects of dementia and COVID-19, and tools to create a safe home and community environment. The program aims to address risk factors that cause Native Hawaiians to become more susceptible to the early onset of chronic diseases and empower kupuna and their caregivers to safely “age in place.”

“Many other factors contribute to a person’s overall health and wellness, not just the medical care we provide in our hospitals and clinics,” said John Yang, MD, president and medical director, Hawaii Permanente Medical Group. “We’re pleased to support organizations such as the American Diabetes Association and Kula No Na Poʻe Hawaiʻi, which work to provide education and resources that allow our keiki and kupuna to thrive in their own communities.”

This set of grants is the latest in a series of contributions from Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii to help residents throughout the state receive vital support services in response to the socioeconomic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the last 12 months, the health care organization has gifted over $2 million in current or planned grants to organizations serving communities across Hawaii and has hosted 18 food distribution events that have provided over 350,000 pounds of food to more than 9,000 local families.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health.