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Kaiser Permanente Recognizes the Good Works of Eight Santa Clarita Valley Nonprofit Organizations with more than $62,000 in Grant Funds

Kaiser Permanente is proud to announce eight Santa Clarita Valley nonprofit organizations have been awarded more than $62,000 in community benefit funding due to their dedication to improving health and wellness locally.

 

For more than half a century, Kaiser Permanente has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing the health of local communities. One of the ways Kaiser Permanente fulfills this social mission is by providing financial support for local nonprofit health and human service organizations, with an emphasis on under-served populations.

 

Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Grants Program awards grants to organizations committed to early detection and treatment of chronic diseases, improving physical and nutritional health in local communities, and expanding access to care for lower-income and uninsured individuals. Read about the eight community agencies receiving funds this year here.

Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Service Area to Open All Flu Clinics on Sept. 22

Kaiser Permanente will open all seasonal flu clinics throughout Southern California on Saturday, Sept. 22, and urges all members to get no-cost vaccinations early. To provide more convenient access to the influenza (flu) vaccine, Kaiser Permanente will offer members additional vaccination locations beyond their regular physicians’ offices, including drive-up flu clinics, pharmacies and walk-in flu clinics.

 

The schedule for Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center area flu clinics, including medical offices in North Hollywood, Mission Hills, Santa Clarita, and Panorama City is available here.

 

 

Observing Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, and ovarian cancer ranks fifth in cancer deaths among women according to the American Cancer Society.

 

Each year, approximately 22,240 women will receive a new diagnosis of ovarian cancer, and approximately 14,070 women will die from ovarian cancer.

 

Sylvia Fowler, MD, Chief of Oncology/Hematology from Kaiser Permanente Panorama City Medical Center wants you to know the possible signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer:

 

“Ovarian cancer happens when cells that are not normal grow in one or both of your ovaries. Treatment is most successful when cancer is found early, but often times we find this cancer after it has spread throughout the body. It is very important to be aware of any changes with your body and see your doctor if symptoms occur daily for 2 to 3 weeks,” says Dr. Fowler.

 

Knowing the following signs and symptoms can help early detection. Symptoms, when occurring almost daily for 2 to 3 weeks, may include:

  • Recent, frequent bloating
  • Pain in the belly or pelvis
  • Trouble eating, or feeling full quickly
  • Urinary problems, such as an urgent need to urinate or urinating more often than usual

 

Risk factors include:

  • Getting older
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having children later or never having a full-term pregnancy
  • Using fertility treatment
  • A family history of ovarian, breast, or colorectal cancer

 

Early detection is key! For more information, click here.

Keep An Eye on Your Child’s Backpack

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 14,000 children are treated annually for backpack-related injuries.

 

Danielle Flowers, MD, pediatrician and Physician-in-Charge at Kaiser Permanente Mission Hills Medical Offices, encourages parents to pay special attention when choosing backpacks for youths.

 

Backpacks that are worn incorrectly, not fitted properly or are too heavy, can cause backaches, shoulder pain, poor posture, and neck injuries.

 

A full backpack should never weigh more than 10-15 percent of a child’s body weight. To put this in perspective, if a child weighs 75 pounds, their backpack should weigh no more than 11 pounds.

Dr. Flowers suggests these additional tips:

  • Fit the backpack closely to the body, resting it in the middle of the back.
  • Don’t let the backpack sag. Avoid it falling more than four inches below waistline.
  • Place heavier items closest to the center of the back.

Last minute tips on rolling backpacks:

Although some parents may be tempted to purchase a rolling backpack, users tend to overload their rolling backpacks and if the pack has to be lifted continuously, it can cause wrist and/or shoulder strain.

 

Kathy Kigerl Named New Chief Administrative Officer for Kaiser Permanente Panorama City

Kathy helps to lead a team of physicians and employees serving more than 250,000 Kaiser Permanente members in the East San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. Kathy’s service area includes the five large medical offices on the Panorama City Medical Center campus, as well as medical offices in Mission Hills, North Hollywood, Santa Clarita, and Canyon Country.