January 16, 2017

Kaiser Permanente Awards More Than $600,000 in Grants to Improve Health in Marion and Polk Counties

Employees also give their time at six community service sites

SALEM, Ore. – Kaiser Permanente Northwest has awarded $605,000 in multiyear grants to three nonprofits serving Marion and Polk counties. These grants complement the organization's annual community service events honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

The grants support Kaiser Permanente's mission to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. They address health where it begins: in our schools, homes and workplaces.

Two of the three grants were awarded through the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at the Northwest Health Foundation, which focuses on three funding areas: early life, education and economic opportunity:

  • A $200,000 grant has been awarded to Evolve Workforce & Property Management in Woodburn. Funds will support increasing economic opportunities for low-income people in the Willamette Valley, especially farmworkers and their families, by expanding a job-training program.
  • A $80,000 grant has been awarded to the Western States Center, which focuses on racial, gender and economic justice. Funds will support policy efforts to improve reproductive health among the Latino population in Marion and Polk counties.
  • The final grant was awarded as one of seven Kaiser Permanente grants, totaling $2.27 million, to reduce homelessness in vulnerable populations statewide:

    • A $325,000 grant has been awarded to Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast to provide housing support services to individuals struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues in Marion County. Funds will also be used to advocate for additional affordable housing units statewide.
    • "These grants will help create new and equal opportunities for Marion County residents to live a long, healthy life," said Deborah Sailler, MD, mid-valley physician service area director with Kaiser Permanente. "All community members should have this opportunity, no matter where you live, where you're from, or where you work."

      Lastly, dozens of Kaiser Permanente employees will demonstrate their passion for community by volunteering their time at six community service sites this Monday through Wednesday. Service projects include physicians providing free care at the Salem Free Clinic, employees organizing books at the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, and employees weeding and mulching plantings at the Marion-Polk Food Share's farm.

      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 nonprofit 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 more than 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental 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. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente contributed more than $141 million toward healthier communities in the Northwest. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/share.