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Antelope Valley in The News
Kaiser Permanente Announces $6 Million in New Grants in Southern California Focusing on Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services
Kaiser Permanente Southern California announced a $6 million, five-year Community Mental Health and Wellness Initiative with an immediate Local Partnership Grant (LPG) grant allocation of $1.28 million to combat and improve access to mental health services. The initial grant allocation is funding a group of two-year grants to support 16 nonprofit community partners working to improve mental health and wellness in under-resourced Southern California communities.
The grant will award approximately $80,000 to each of the 16 nonprofit community partners to aid these organizations that are representing the clinical, social service, advocacy, public, and primary and secondary school sector in Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. These organizations’ efforts include:
- Improving access and connection to care to mental health services in clinical and community settings.
- Enhancing and building the current and emerging mental health workforce to meet community mental health needs.
- Reducing self, public, and institutional mental health stigma and boosting resilience in individuals, communities, and organizations.
Every day, millions of adults and youths with mental health issues struggle in silence, either because they cannot get the appropriate care or are too ashamed to seek help. Mental health disorders are among the most common health conditions faced by Americans and Californians, with nearly one in five American adults experiencing mental illness and one half of all chronic mental illness beginning by age 14.
Kaiser Permanente’s mental health and wellness initiative seeks to address these issues in communities through improving equitable access to high-quality care and reducing the effects of mental health stigma. Some of the grantees supported by this funding have found unique ways to address mental health through a grassroots approach directly into at-risk communities. An example can be seen through one of Kaiser Permanente’s mental health grant recipients, Mental Health America Los Angeles – Antelope Valley.
No one wants to be sick, especially during the holidays, which is why it is especially important school-aged children get the annual flu vaccine this fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu is the leading cause of illness, and last year’s flu season was the deadliest in more than a
decade. Young children are especially at risk. The flu spreads quickly in tight quarters such as elementary school classrooms, and children’s developing immune systems may be more susceptible to colds and flu. Children who live in low-income communities may be at even greater risk since their access to health care and preventive vaccines are often limited.
Thanks to the voluntary Teach Flu a Lesson program, thousands of underserved students throughout Southern California received increased protection against the influenza virus this season at no charge.
Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Celebrates 50 Years & Awards More Than $5 Million In Grants To Local Nonprofit Organizations
In 1968 Lyndon B. Johnson was president of the United States; the space race was in full swing; and Kaiser Permanente came to the Antelope Valley. Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley officials and guests celebrated the health care provider’s 50 years of community partnerships and service in the Antelope Valley.
The celebration was a chance to share the accomplishments of the past 50 years and to look toward the future. Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley started with two physicians on Division Street. The nonprofit health care group now has about 134,000 members in the Antelope Valley, 1,000 employees, and 170 doctors from all specialties. “We’re very, very proud of what we’ve done,” Chief Administrative Officer Linda Lawson said.
Assemblyman Tom Lackey presented certificates from the state Assembly and state Senate, on behalf of state Sen. Scott Wilk. “We’re very proud to recognize the efforts and partnership of Kaiser Permanente,” said Assemblyman Lackey. “Being here in the Antelope Valley for 50 years is quite a feat and accomplishment.”
Representatives from Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Congressman Steve Knight, the city of Lancaster, and Lancaster Chamber of Commerce also presented certificates in honor of Kaiser Permanente’s 50th anniversary.
In June 1971 Kaiser Permanente AV opened its own building on 15th Street West off Avenue L in Lancaster. The facility is now home to Kaiser’s primary care. In 2003 Kaiser opened a facility in Palmdale. There are now six locations in the Antelope Valley, including the state-of-the-art building off Avenue L. The three-story, 136,000-square-foot building opened four years ago.
“We’re proud and honored to care for many of you, your families, and your employees,” Dr. David Kohl said. More than 200 health care providers including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and ancillary staff support this effort.
Maybelle Liquigan, administrator of Hospital and Health Plan Operations, thanked Kaiser Permanente’s partners for their commitment to making lives better in the Antelope Valley.
Amy Wiese, Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Manager, said Kaiser Permanente improves the health of the communities it serves by participating in charitable care and coverage including providing care to those most vulnerable.
Through its support of local nonprofits, community-based organizations, and schools, Kaiser Permanente provided more than $139,000 this year in community benefit grant funding. Those partnerships include the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club, Antelope Valley Family YMCA, Mental Health America of Los Angeles, and Palmdale Community Foundation.
Over the past 50 years, Kaiser Permanente provided more than $5 million in grant funding to its partners.
Prevention is about staying healthy, and preventing or delaying disease. Wellness is living your best life. Kaiser Permanente is here to help you do both. There are many things you can do to take an active role in your prevention plan to stay healthy and thrive through all stages of life.