Kaiser Permanente donates $ 400,000 to 5 well being facilities in Hawaii to enhance entry to vaccines

Kaiser Permanente is donating $ 400,000 to five health centers in Hawaii through its Safety Net Vaccine Equity Initiative to improve access to COVID-19 vaccines.

The five health centers selected in consultation with the Hawaii Primary Care Association include the Bay Clinic on the Island of Hawaii; Malama I Ke Ola on Maui; Kalihi-Palama Health Center; Wahiawa Center for Community Health; and Waimanalo Health Center on Oahu.

The funds can be used over a six-month period to provide access to COVID-19 vaccines for communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Ways to do this include supporting mobile vaccination campaigns, delivering vaccines directly to communities, and outreach, including helping patients navigate guidelines and registering for appointments, with translation and interpreting services.

“COVID-19 poses the most immediate threat to the health of our communities, and it is our duty to vaccinate those who are at greatest risk for poor outcomes,” said John Yang, MD, president and medical director of Hawaii Permanente Medical Group , in a press release. “These grants are an extension of our ongoing work at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii to reach underserved communities who may not have equal access to vaccinations. We are grateful to be working with organizations that share this important mission. “

Kaiser Permanente, which has set up locations across the country, also addresses underserved communities. They have hosted 20 vaccination events in partnership with community centers, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island nonprofits, and the Hawaii Public Housing Authority.

Kaiser also awarded $ 90,000 to The Food Basket and Hawaii Good Food Alliance on the island of Hawaii to provide food to low-income households through an expansion of the DA BUX Double Up Food Bucks program.

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