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West Los Angeles in The News
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 prevalence of mental illness is significant and growing in Southern California and across the country,” said John Yamamoto, vice president, Community Health & Government Relations, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals/Health Plan. “For adults and youths affected by mental illness, the effects can be devastating, increasing their risk for serious medical conditions, diminished quality of life, and even suicide. These grants are designed to address the mental health needs within our most under-resourced communities by funding trusted nonprofit organizations that serve these areas and populations.”
In Kaiser Permanente’s continued efforts to improve mental health and wellness in the communities it serves, it once again identified mental and behavioral health as a top community health initiative.
The grants 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.
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, The Achievable Foundation. The Culver City-based organization launched the Whole Person Care Project, a two-year project geared toward improving the mental health and wellbeing of underserved community members – especially those experiencing intellectual, developmental disabilities, or other complex medical conditions.
"This grant represents a vital investment in The Achievable Foundation’s ability to deliver integrated behavioral health care in our health center setting,” said Carmen Ibarra, chief executive officer of The Achievable Foundation. “As we all know, when a service is more convenient to access, patients are more likely to take advantage of that service. We are grateful to Kaiser Permanente Southern California for investing in this project."
The project will provide an integrated mental health model within the organization’s Achievable Health Center – enabling more patients to receive mental health screenings, referrals and follow up plans that include mental health services while in the health center setting.
Interested in reading more about KP West LA's Community Health program and our support of local efforts to improve mental health and wellness in the communities we serve? Click here for a flyer.
Get in the holiday spirit by joining us by joining us for a one in a series of holiday music performances in the courtyard at KP West LA.
Psych Big Band
Monday, December 17, 12 -1:30 p.m.
Harpist - Karina Ward
Tuesday, December 18, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Soriel Music School
Wednesday, December 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Please share this flyer with your colleagues, staff, friends and family. Performances are free. See you there!
While living in Southern California comes it's share of perks -- everything from beaches to the mountains and warm to moderate temperatures throughout the year, we also deal with plenty of the negatives -- such as traffic, smog and even yearround allergies.
In this video, Kaiser Permanente member Hilary Lentini shares her story of a long-time struggle with allergies in Los Angeles, and more about how she finally found relief with the help of Kaiser Permanente Allergist Joseph Dizon, MD, of KP's Culver Marina Medical Offices.
Awards & Recognition for West Los Angeles
Prevention is about staying healthy, and preventing or delaying disease. Wellness is living your best life. Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles is here to help you stay healthy and live your best life. 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.