HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced that two local organizations were awarded grants that will support health equity and economic security in Maui County.
Hawaii Cord Blood Bank received a grant of $27,500 to expand Maui’s cord blood banking program and allow for the collection, shipping and public banking of cord blood from newborns born at Maui Memorial Medical Center. The organization addresses a critical health disparity by improving access to cord blood transplants in multiethnic communities. Cord blood contains stem cells that can be used to provide effective treatment to patients with otherwise fatal diseases, including leukemia and sickle cell disease. Members of Hawaii’s ethnically diverse community who donate their newborns’ cord blood to a national public registry through HCBB have the potential to improve access to life-saving cord blood transplants for multiethnic patients living around the world.
The Maui Economic Development Board received $20,000 to provide programming that will serve 45,000 students and teachers statewide. The program aims to increase student interest in science and technology fields and improve self-confidence, social skills and ethical responsibility. Twenty-three schools will benefit from MEDB’s educational program, which will improve the economic security and employability of Maui’s youth, especially in low-income and disadvantaged communities. Participants will be encouraged to innovate and gain hands-on experience with student-driven approaches.
“At Kaiser Permanente, we believe that total health — caring for the mind, body and spirit — should be available to everyone,” said Frank Richardson, vice president Legal, Government and Community Relations, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “We’re excited to partner with Hawaii Cord Blood Bank and the Maui Economic Development Board, two organizations striving to increase access to services in communities that need them most.”
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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. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.