HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii awarded four local organizations a combined $190,000 in community benefit grant funding. The organizations are working to improve access to health care and promote healthy lifestyles, with a focus on serving low-income and vulnerable communities.
Mental Health America of Hawaii received $60,000 for its Youth Suicide Prevention Program, a comprehensive, evidence-based program that focuses on preventing youth suicide and bullying. The grant will also enable the organization to continue advocating for policies that reduce adverse childhood experiences, such as abuse, neglect, or growing up witnessing violence or substance abuse issues in the home. In Hawaii, 45 percent of middle-school students report being bullied, and 24.8 percent have had suicidal thoughts. The suicide prevention program will engage students of all ages from elementary to high school and provide support to families, benefiting more than 5,000 youth on Maui and Oahu per school year.
The Food Basket received $50,000 to implement Da BUX Double Up Food Bucks, a project designed to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (or SNAP) participants on Hawaii Island. The project uses a “dollar for dollar” incentive to provide SNAP customers with Community Supported Agriculture produce boxes and KTA Superstore produce discounts. The Food Basket will also work with community partners to provide nutrition education, recipes and cooking demonstrations to program participants.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui was awarded $40,000 for the after-school program Triple Play and More, which promotes physical fitness and activities, nutrition education and healthy habits. The program includes the innovative Walking Classroom, where students listen to educational podcasts while walking around outside. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui will deliver the program to six clubhouses on Maui, reaching more than 1,500 youth from 20 schools.
Aloha Medical Mission received $40,000 to improve access to oral health services on Oahu. Since 2012, Aloha Medical Mission has provided $54 million in basic dental services for free to more than 23,000 unemployed, immigrant and low-income patients. Working with nursing students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hawaii Pacific University, Aloha Medical Mission will initiate a monthly screening clinic in Leeward and establish additional clinics in Waianae, Central Oahu and Honolulu. The program is expected to serve more than 2,000 people annually.
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 by Henry J. Kaiser, and in Hawaii since 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. 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 Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii.