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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.
Nancy Csizmar was a kindergarten teacher who loved art, and for over 30 years battled cancer, including a tumor behind her eye, facial cancer, skin cancer and two types of lung cancer. She carved Goose eggs, Emu eggs, Ostrich eggs and gourds winning awards in all categories at Craft shows and the Antelope Valley Fair.
While receiving chemotherapy, she gave away her carved eggs to other patients as a small gift. Nancy felt any woman having chemotherapy should have a little gift to light up their day. Even through her debilitating illness, she continued carving and giving away her eggs. In December 2017 Nancy passed away from Pneumonia.
Her husband, Jack Csizmar, decided to learn how to carve eggs to carry on the tradition in her memory.
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.