$110K in Kaiser grants will improve health care access

A $60,000 Kaiser grant will help United Health Centers set up a system with WIC to share data and make referrals.A $60,000 Kaiser grant will help United Health Centers set up a system with WIC to share data and make referrals.Kaiser Permanente recently awarded two grants to the United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley to help the community health center connect nearly 80,000 low-income residents with health resources.

A $60,000 Kaiser Permanente grant will help United Health Centers set up a system with the Women, Infants and Children program to share data and make referrals. A separate $50,000 Kaiser Permanente grant will allow the community health center to enhance services for diabetic patients through group classes and outreach to individuals who are not keeping up with their treatment plans.

“This is something that we’ve been wanting to do, but just haven’t had the funding in place to make it happen,” said Norma Macedo, director of special projects for United Health Centers, in a statement. “With this funding, we will be better equipped to serve our patients.”

United Health Centers and the Women, Infants and Children program often refer patients to one another, but there hasn’t been a good way to track whether those patients are making it to their appointments and getting the services they need.

The $60,000 grant will pay for a new database that the two agencies will share. United Health Centers also plans to use the $50,000 grant to help treat rural Fresno County diabetics who are struggling to manage and control their disease. Group classes will provide diabetics with the skills and knowledge to achieve a healthy lifestyle.