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December 19, 2007 > Southern Alameda County organizations benefit from Kaiser Permanente

Southern Alameda County organizations benefit from Kaiser Permanente

Submitted By Johnny Ng

Kaiser Permanente recently announced that more than $1.3 million in statewide Community Benefit grants to help 74 organizations promote HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, screening, support and treatment for people living with the disease.

The grants were made in advance of World AIDS Day Saturday, Dec. 1, and included $40,000 in funding for the Alameda County Office of Education to train school board members, administrators and teachers in the seven school districts throughout southern Alameda County on the California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS prevention Education Act and its implementation.

"HIV/AIDS education is a crucial component of awareness and prevention," said Daniel Klein, MD, Kaiser Permanente chief of infectious diseases in southern Alameda County. "These Kaiser Permanente grants play an important role in increasing HIV/AIDS education in our local communities."

The individual grants awarded were given to nonprofit organizations that provide a wide range of services for people with HIV and AIDS, including youth education, housing assistance, and food pantries.

"While HIV/AIDS is present throughout all of the communities Kaiser Permanente serves, the disease looks different from one community to the next, and affects people in very different ways," said Michael Allerton, HIV Operations and Policy Leader for Kaiser's Northern California Region. "These grants ensure we help target underserved populations with an emphasis on culturally competent care."

The Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program provides funding to address a variety of issues and concerns that affect the overall health and well-being of local communities. In 2007, the Community Benefit program awarded over $750,000 to a variety of organizations in southern Alameda County.

For more information about the grants, or to interview representatives from
Kaiser Permanente, please contact Johnny Ng at (510) 618-5938.

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