AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities — Funding

Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit

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Launched in 2013, the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit is the charitable arm of the health insurer Kaiser Permanente.

TARGET AUDIENCE OR REGION: Kaiser Permanente principally awards grants and sponsorships to organizations that operate within the eight regions it serves: Northern California, Southern California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, the Mid-Atlantic States and the Northwest. Kaiser Permanente considers funding for nonprofit organizations, local government-sponsored projects and educational institutions, with some exceptions.

FOCUS OF ITS WORK: Efforts to promote wellness by reducing obesity, improving diets and increasing opportunities for exercise and physical activity; "Safety Net Partnerships" that work closely with community clinics, health departments and public hospitals to develop the infrastructure required to deliver quality health care; "Care and Coverage" efforts providing medical coverage for people participating in Medicaid and Charity Care programs. Kaiser also funds programs that educate medical practitioners, educates consumers and informs policymakers on how to deliver better health for all.

THE FUNDING MODEL: Most of the grants and sponsorships at Kaiser Permanente are processed at the regional level in areas where it has a health care member presence. Sponsorship funds are reserved for events or activities related to access to health care, prevention, racial/ethnic disparities and health care professional education. Kaiser grants support organizations and programs that aim to improve health among people of all ages by changing the environments in which people live and play.

WHY AGE-FRIENDLY WORK IS A PRIORITY: "Kaiser Permanente recognizes that a healthy community is vital to the health of the whole person, so age-friendly work is a natural extension of our integrated care model," says Mary Ann Barnes, R.N., President of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii, about providing funds to Honolulu's Age-Friendly Initiative.

AGE-FRIENDLY WORK IT FUNDS: A "Visionary" level sponsor of the Honolulu initiative, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has contributed $130,000 to date and helped provide seed funding to implement the work plan the city began upon on engaging with AARP Hawaii and joining the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities in March 2013.

HOW AN INTERESTED COMMUNITY CAN ENGAGE: Each Kaiser Permanente region handles its own funding programs and can be accessed via the community benefit website. If work occurs in multiple regions a program can apply through the national funding eligibility questionnaire.


RELATED AARP CONTENT: Download "An Age-Friendly for Kupuna to Keiki, Honolulu," a presentation by Barbara Stanton, AARP State Director Hawaii, and Joy X. Baura, MBA, MA-OC, Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit.

Profile published September 2015

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