December 19, 2019

2 organizations serving West Oahu youth receive $116K

The Kaiser Permanente grants aim to help Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and Adult Friends for Youth improve access to health care and services.

Adult Friends for Youth check presentation.

WAIANAE, Hawaii Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $116,000 in community benefit grant funding to Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center and Adult Friends for Youth. Both grants will help improve access to health care and services for the West Oahu community.

“As we look to expand our reach with the opening of our West Oahu Medical Office in 2021, we are excited to partner with organizations to improve the health of the surrounding community,” said Linda Puu, RN, vice president of quality, safety, and care experience for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Helping ‘keiki’ access the health care they need and supporting their healthy development is critical to creating a brighter future for West Oahu,” said Puu, using the Hawaiian word for “children.”

Adult Friends for Youth received $60,000 to purchase a mobile assessment vehicle to provide outreach services in partnership with the Honolulu Police Department, District 8, serving the Ewa and Makaha regions. District 8 has the highest rate of juvenile delinquency in Honolulu County, and statistics show youth are more likely to drop out of school and become repeat offenders after experiencing just one court appearance. The vehicle will help AFY reach more high-risk youth to provide direct outreach, assessment, and customized case plans to prevent minors from entering the juvenile justice system and reduce rates of repeat offenses.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, a federally qualified health center serving communities in West Oahu, has received $56,000 to continue expanding its school-based health center program in Waianae and Nanakuli schools. Kaiser Permanente has supported WCCHC’s school-based health center initiative since 2016, providing $176,200 in community benefit grant funding over the past 3 years. With this most recent grant, WCCHC will expand student engagement through an anti-bullying program, training for peer mentors and adult advisors, and outreach activities. It will also continue to focus on providing primary and acute care to more than 4,900 students, some of whom are uninsured or underinsured.

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 Hawaii in 1958, 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 12.2 million members in eight 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. 


Laura Lott