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Listen: Jordan Herget, Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Kaiser Permanente, Roseville


Grants support access to care, healthy eating and active living, community and family safety, and mental health services.

Kaiser Permanente has awarded $1.8 million in grants to 61 local nonprofit organizations that improve the health of under-served communities throughout greater Sacramento.

Community Benefit grants are awarded every year to local organizations working on specific programs and projects that align with Kaiser Permanente’s mission and goals. Funding priorities are informed by the tri-annualCommunity Health Needs Assessment.

All the grants help fund projects in the following categories:

  • Access to care and coverage
  • Community and family safety
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Healthy Eating Active Living

The grant recipients includelocal non-profits, public health agencies, school districts, and service organizations.

Here are some highlights:

ReIMAGINE Mack Road in South Sacramento received a grant for its ReVITALIZE Community C.A.R.E. Project. Funds will support the Mack Road Valley Hi Community Center, provide afterschool programs in a safe place for kids, youth mentoring, promoting conflict mediation and youth engagement. The grant also supports the Valley Mack Farmers Market held weekly through the summer.

“Funding support from Kaiser Permanente means lives change in the best ways, where grant funding meets vital afterschool and violence reduction programming for at-risk youth and low-income families in the Valley-Mack neighborhood of South Sacramento,” said Bill Knowlton, Executive Director of the Mack Road Partnership. “The partnership and collaborative efforts among Kaiser Permanente, the Mack Road Partnership, and ReIMAGINE Mack Road Foundation generates opportunity to serve our community with high quality programs, establish safe community environments, and pursue economic growth through supported, youth-workforce development efforts.”

In Roseville, the Latino Leadership Council received a grant for CREER En Tu Salud, which is a health navigation program for Spanish-speaking and underinsured adults. Promotores meet with families at home or community events during the evenings and weekends to conduct assessments and provide linkages to health care services and supports.

“The Community Benefits grant not only creates access, so our communities meet their short-term healthcare needs, but it also supports our promotores to educate and build the capacity of our Latino populations for their overall wellness. Kaiser Permanente has been a great supporter and partner and we greatly appreciate them,” said Elisa Herrera, Executive Director, Latino Leadership Council, Inc.

In Sacramento, Juma Ventures received a grant for its Juma YouthConnect program which it will use to recruit and serve 120 youth and provide them with employment, job training, and education opportunities. The program will also provide teenagers with workshops on financial literacy.

"Funding support from Kaiser Permanente has been instrumental in helping our team achieve our mission: to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for youth,” said Stephen Norris, development director for Juma Ventures in Sacramento. “Kaiser Permanente's support goes far beyond funding, helping Juma get connected to great community partners, providing engaged team member volunteers, and much, much more. Thank you, Kaiser Permanente."

Those are just a few examples of the work going on in the community that the grants support.

A complete list of all the 2019 grantees in greater Sacramento follows:

Access to Care and Coverage:

  • Breathe California Sacramento Region - Safe Air Spaces
  • Community Service, Education, and Research Fund - SPIRIT Program
  • Elk Grove Unified School District - EGUSD Teen Parent Program
  • Keaton's Child Cancer Alliance - Road to Recovery
  • Latino Leadership Council - CREER En Tu Salud
  • Sacramento Covered - Access to Care Project
  • Saint Vincent de Paul Society - Free Urgent Care Medical Clinic
  • Seniors First - Health Express
  • The Gathering Inn- Interim Care Program
  • The Health Communication Research Institute - Joshua's House Homeless Hospice Program
  • Valley High School Health TECH Academy - CACHE Outreach & CHW Intern Project
  • Yolo County Children's Alliance - West Sacramento Family Resource Center
  • Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance - Senior Health Access Resource Guide
  • WellSpace Health - T3 Foothills
  • WellSpace Health - T3 South Sacramento

Community and Family Safety

  • 3 Strands Global Foundation - Employ + Empower Program
  • Always Knocking - Multicomponent Health Care System
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters- Big Impact on Safety
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Sacramento - Juvenile Justice Empowerment & Employment Program
  • Breakthrough Sacramento - Healthier Futures Thru Academic Attainment
  • Child Abuse Prevention Council - Unite4Kids
  • City Year - Fern Bacon Team Sponsor
  • Community Against Sexual Harm - Safe Women
  • Community Recovery Resources - Wellness Navigation
  • JUMA Ventures - JUMA Youth Connect
  • Mutual Assistance Network - Youth Employment
  • My Sister's House - Communicating & Countering Abuse/Trauma in Teens
  • People Reaching Out - Youth & Family Collective
  • Placer County Office of Education - Trauma Responsive System of Support
  • ReIMAGINE Mack Road Partnership - ReVITALIZE Community C.A.R.E. Project
  • Roberts Family Development Center - Youth Development Initiative
  • Sacramento Children's Home - Crisis Nursery Program
  • Sheriff's Community Impact Program - Deputy Friend Youth Outreach Program
  • Stand Up Placer, Inc. - Victims' Services Program
  • WEAVE - Case Management & Advocacy Project

Mental and Behavioral Health

  • Anti-Recidivism Coalition - Sacramento Mental Health Project
  • First Step Communities - Shelter/Rehousing Program
  • KidsFirst - Youth Mental Wellness
  • Lighthouse Counseling & Family Resource Center - Family Wellness Initiative
  • Parent Teacher Home Visit Project, Inc. - Social-Emotional Wellness through Home Visits
  • Sacramento City Unified School District - Connect Center & LGBTW Access to Mental Health Care & Support Services
  • Sacramento Loaves and Fishes - Mental Health Services for Homeless Adults
  • Sacramento Self-Help Housing - Shared Housing Operations
  • Saint John's Program for Real Change - Psychotropic Medication and Client Support for Women Experiencing Homelessness
  • Sierra Forever Families - FFPSA Early Compliance
  • The Gathering Inn - Mental Health Clinician
  • TLCS, Inc. (Hope Cooperative) - Co-occurring Substance Use Recovery Program
  • WIND Youth Services - Connections Program
  • Women's Empowerment - Homeless Women’s Health
  • Capitol Impact - Hospital Industry Mental Health Program

Healthy Eating Active Living

  • City of Folsom Parks & Recreation - Folsom STARS
  • Elk Grove Food Bank Services - Healthy Food, Healthy Lifestyle
  • Folsom Cordova Unified School District – Growing Together
  • Food Literacy Center - Food Literacy for Low-Income Kids
  • Health Education Council - Neighborhood Cohesion Through HEAL (Walk With Friends 3.0)
  • NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center - Improving Health at the Oak Park Farmers Market
  • Placer Food Bank - Feed Our Future
  • River City Food Bank - CalFresh Expansion
  • Sierra College Foundation - Sierra Promise - Overcoming Barriers
  • Soil Born Farms Urban Agriculture & Education Project - Eat Your Veggies
  • The GreenHouse - REAL Achievers Youth Project
  • Union Gospel Mission - Iron Sharpens Iron Fitness Center
  • Franklin Neighborhood Development Corporation - Sacramento Mercado

Jordan Herget

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