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October 3, 2006 > South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative receives $60,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente

South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative receives $60,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente

The South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative received a $60,000 grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program in southern Alameda County to study obesity and identify community-based program solutions.
The grant is part of Kaiser Permanente's Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) initiative. The goal of HEAL is to help communities create sustainable change in neighborhoods, schools, workplaces and health care settings so that healthy food is convenient and affordable, and to incorporate physical activity that is accessible in the community as part of one's daily life.
"Kaiser Permanente understands that being a good community partner and corporate citizen are essential qualities that add value to our communities," said Colleen McKeown, Kaiser Permanente senior vice president and area manager of southern Alameda County. "Social responsibility and community involvement are part of our legacy and are integral to fulfilling our mission, which goes beyond caring for our members."

Kaiser Permanente presented the $60,000 check to the South Hayward Neighborhood Collaborative at its Community Benefit Grantee Recognition Event on September 28 in Union City.

The special event also highlighted other community organizations that have received grants from Kaiser Permanente including Afghan Elderly Association, Davis Street Family Resource Center, Filipinos for Affirmative Action, Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center and Tri-City Health Center.  Event participants learned about the services and outstanding results from all of the community-based organizations that are part of the Kaiser Permanente Charitable Grants Program.

In 2006, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit has awarded over $280,000 in grants to 33 different nonprofit organizations in southern Alameda County under the grants program. This year, the grants focused on health priority areas including reducing child and adult obesity, prevention and management of diabetes and coronary heart disease, improving management of childhood asthma, and reducing teen pregnancy rates.

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