Kaiser Permanente Invests $11.7 Million in Youth Programs

Regina Jackson

Gregory Adams

Kaiser Permanente, the largest health-care provider in Northern California, has announced that it will invest  $11.7 million in the Oakland community. The investment will help keep children and teens healthier year-round by expanding school-based health centers, and will also enhance programs that promote learning and job-related opportunities. Through funds established by Kaiser Permanente at the East Bay Community Foundation, the investment will help with the funding and expansion of programs offered by the Oakland Unified School District, Girls Inc. of Alameda County, the East Oakland Youth Development Center, and Youth UpRising. This grant to Oakland schools comes nearly three years after an initial $7.5 million grant to expand school-based centers and support youth-development programs. “Kaiser Permanente is an integral part of this community, and we strongly believe we have a responsibility to help improve the total health of Oakland by making it a better place to live, work, learn and play,” said Gregory Adams, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals, Inc., in Northern California. “We are seeing positive, tangible outcomes from our support of school-based health and youth development programs, and we want to extend the success of the important work these organizations are doing for the children and youth of Oakland.” The investment includes $10 million to the Oakland Unified School District to support school-based health centers in city schools that provide a range of health services to thousands of students a year, as well as support for the African-American Male Achievement Program and the district’s strategic-planning efforts. $1 million will go to Girls Inc. of Alameda County, an organization that serves more than 7,000 girls and their families from underserved communities of the East Bay, to renovate a new regional headquarters located in downtown Oakland. “At Girls Inc., we’re dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold,” said Linda Boessenecker, CEO of Girls Inc. of Alameda County. $500,000 will be given to the East Oakland Youth Development Center, to help expand its facilities and deliver health and wellness resources to a larger segment of the community. “At a time when our community is facing a public health crisis, Kaiser Permanente’s investment will have immeasurable impact,” said Regina Jackson, president and CEO of the East Oakland Youth Development Center. $200,000 will go to Youth UpRising to support infrastructure improvements that will continue its youth leadership programs.
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