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December 23, 2009 > Tri-City Health Center receives grant from Kaiser Permanente

Tri-City Health Center receives grant from Kaiser Permanente

Submitted By Johnny Ng

The Tri-City Health Center in Fremont has received a $75,000 grant from the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program to increase AIDS/HIV testing and counseling among young people ages 15-24, particularly those who are African American and Latino.

The Tri-City Health Center was among the seven organizations in Northern California to share in the $500,000 of grants which were made in advance of World AIDS Day on December 1. These one-year Community Benefit grants of up to $75,000 went to organizations in communities with the highest incidence rate for HIV and AIDS in Northern California.

"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 Tri-City Health Center will use the one-year grant to map out the social networks of those who are at the highest risk and then work with its trained peer educators who will then go out into the local communities to educate and encourage young people to get tested.

"There is still so much stigma around AIDS/HIV," said Lisa Carver, HIV/AIDS Program Manager, Tri-City Health Center. "Our goal is to counteract those misconceptions and help those at risk to be better educated and to be tested."

Each year, Kaiser Permanente provides funds to the local community to help improve the health of its members and the community it serves. In 2009, the Community Benefit program awarded $810,000 in grants to a variety of organizations in southern Alameda County.

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