July 31, 2018

Supporting behavioral health education in Hawaii with grants

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has awarded $52,000 in community benefit grant funding to two nonprofits seeking to promote behavioral health education for Hawaii’s keiki.

Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center received $27,000 to launch a school-based health center serving Nanakuli Intermediate and High schools. School-based health centers increase access to health services for students, including acute care, immunizations and health maintenance services, with a particular emphasis on behavioral health. A licensed adolescent clinical psychologist will conduct outreach activities, group sessions and provide additional services for roughly 1,100 students in Nanakuli.

The Honolulu Theatre for Youth received $25,000 to support two original theater productions, “Sparkle” and “Shocka,” designed to promote healthy eating and emotional and behavioral health. In partnership with Head Start, HTY will perform interactive workshops, classroom activities and productions statewide for 20,000 preschool and elementary children. The productions integrate core behavioral health concepts into stories of adversity and healthy living through HTY’s Preschool Healthy Living Initiative.

“Supporting emotional and behavioral health education is essential for the total health and well-being of our keiki,” said Dave Underriner, president Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Hawaii Region. of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “While these topics are difficult to approach, encouraging children of all ages — from preschool to high school — to understand and communicate their emotions effectively will ultimately enable us to provide greater support to those who need it.”

About Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center

The Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center is a non-profit organization governed by a community that addresses health disparities, improves population health and reduces health inequalities despite financial and cultural barriers.

About Honolulu Theatre for Youth

Honolulu Theatre for Youth produces professional theater and drama education programs that make a difference in the lives of young people, families and educators in the state of Hawaii. Founded in 1955, HTY is one of the oldest and most respected children’s theaters in the country. HTY has served over five million people through school and family performances and drama education programs. Over 300 new plays for young audiences have been commissioned by HTY.

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 more than 12.2 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.