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Kaiser Permanente Northwest opens new Cedar Hills Dental and Medical Office, making care more convenient for members on the west side - 01/19/17

KPNW also announced plans to replace its 40-year-old Beaverton Medical and Dental Office

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Portland, Ore., January 19, 2016 -- To meet the growing demand for dental care on Portland's west side, Kaiser Permanente Northwest has opened Cedar Hills Dental and Medical Office, increasing convenience and appointment availability for members who live or work nearby. The office will combine medical and dental care in innovative new ways, ensuring patients' visits address their total health.

For example, clinicians will look ahead at the dental patients on their schedule to see whether they're due for any medical procedures, like flu shots, immunizations or blood pressure checks, that can be taken care of during their visit. Because of Kaiser Permanente's integrated medical record, a dentist can then, for example, send a message directly to the patient's primary care doctor.

"As we continue to grow on the west side, we're listening closely to the needs of our members. They've told us convenient dental care is important to them, and we're opening this office in response," said Cyrus Lee, DMD, the lead dentist at the new office. "Kaiser Permanente is unique in our ability to provide both dental and medical care, and we're excited to offer our Cedar Hills neighbors the convenience of being able to visit their dentist and get medical services at the same location. Dental health can often give clues about a person's overall health, and we strongly believe that the future state of medicine will be one where the two are integrated."

The new dental and medical office is located at the corner of SW Cedar Hills Blvd. and Walker Rd. in Beaverton. It will offer general and pediatric dentistry, including hygiene services. There will be 4 dentists and 2 hygienists on staff. Members who would like to transfer their dental care to the new office can do so by calling 1-800-813-2000.

Medical members will also be able to schedule same-day and next-day medical appointments (in person, or by phone or video) with clinicians who can treat minor injuries and illnesses, and provide preventive services such as vaccinations and blood pressure checks. Dental appointments will be available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Medical appointments can be scheduled from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Supporting our community
In keeping with its mission of improving the health of the communities it serves, KPNW is donating $20,000 to Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. The donation will support Virginia Garcia's Baby Days program, which provides education about oral health to at-risk parents of toddlers.

"When we are able to help facilitate parents receiving the information they need about caring for their babies' teeth from the very beginning, it makes a critical difference in the child's long-term oral health," said Dr. Lisa Bozetti, Dental Director, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center. "This donation from Kaiser Permanente will help us make an even bigger impact in the lives of our very youngest dental patients."

New Beaverton Medical and Dental Office
Kaiser Permanente is also in the early planning stages of replacing its Beaverton Medical and Dental Office with a new building. The current office, located at the corner of Western Ave. and Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, has served members for over 40 years.

The new Beaverton Medical and Dental Office will be designed to meet future health care needs, offering additional convenience, technology and efficiencies. It is an exciting new model that will be the first of its kind for a Kaiser Permanente facility in the NW.

Kaiser Permanente expects to open the reimagined office in early 2019. The current office building will remain open, continuing to serve patients during the construction of the new facility. The new building will be constructed adjacent to the current facility, at the site of the existing Bedmart store.

Once the new facility is completed, the current Beaverton office site will be cleared and landscaped, and used to address the parking needs of members.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 250,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

$2.27 million in grants from Kaiser Permanente will help people with mental illness find and sustain housing - 01/16/17

Fifteen community health workers will offer a helping hand to reduce homelessness

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest is awarding grants to seven nonprofit agencies across the region, from Cowlitz to Lane counties, to support unique programs that engage community health workers and peer counselors in helping people with mental illness and addiction disorders find and sustain housing.

The $2.27 million in grants follows a $4 million contribution announced in September in support of the "Housing Is Health" initiative that will build 380 units of housing in Portland with Central City Concern, including 175 units of medically supported housing. Kaiser Permanente has also partnered with several other local health care providers to create the new Unity Center for Behavioral Health, which opens this month.

"As we looked at the challenges facing people with mental illness in our community, we heard repeatedly that lack of stable housing is the most critical need," said Andrew McCulloch, President, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. "But not only do they need housing, they need help getting into and maintaining housing in the first place. Without both types of support, it is virtually impossible for people with mental health and addiction issues to attain successful treatment."

Seven nonprofit agencies will receive $325,000 over three years to deploy strategies with a personal touch. Each agency has also been asked to identify policy and advocacy efforts for changes that will help bring an end to homelessness for people with mental illness and addiction disorders.

Community health workers and peer support/wellness specialists are able to build meaningful relationships to help people reach their recovery and health goals. Through coaching, mentoring, teaching, listening and caring, they can be role models who encourage self-esteem and self-confidence while sharing specific knowledge and promoting skills.

The grants were announced at a press conference held at the Transition Projects Clark Center during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day service project by Kaiser Permanente volunteers. The Clark Center provides shelter and housing short-term housing and support services to homeless men.

"On this day of service, it is an honor to connect people who have a passion for helping our community's most vulnerable members with the resources, training and strategies they need to be effective," said McCulloch.

Each of the following grant recipients has developed its own unique way of deploying community health workers and advocating for people with mental illness and addiction:

Urban League of Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon: Urban League will help households affected by chronic homelessness become housed, healthy and empowered as advocates for systemic change. A peer support specialist (addiction and recovery) and a peer wellness specialist (mental health) will join the Housing Support Team.
Contact: Julia Delgado, 503-995-2675, jdelgado@ulpdx.org

Outside In, Multnomah County, Oregon: Outside In and NAYA will partner to serve homeless youth, 18 to 25 years old, experiencing behavioral health challenges. Community health workers will work hand in hand with these youth, supporting them to find, stabilize and maintain housing.
Contact: Heather Brown, 503-535-3805, hb@outsidein.org

Catholic Charities of Oregon, Multnomah County, Oregon: Catholic Charities will help homeless women with severe mental illness and substance use disorders secure and retain housing through integrated housing, health care and behavioral health support provided by peer support specialists. Catholic Charities will partner with NAMI Oregon to provide empowerment trainings and advocacy opportunities for participants to share their stories.
Contact: Margi Dechenne, 503-688-2670, mdechenne@ccoregon.org

Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast, Marion County, Oregon: Catholic Community Services will train community health workers, provide housing support services in nine low-income neighborhoods in Marion County, and advocate for statewide policy changes to increase the number of affordable housing units.
Contact: Maureen Casey, 503-510-0151, maureencasey@ccswv.org

Love Overwhelming, Cowlitz County, Washington: Peer support case managers will provide intensive community services to high-need households to help them locate, obtain and retain safe, affordable housing. Love Overwhelming will partner with others to advocate for homeless shelters, affordable housing and improved policies related to people being released from prison.
Contact: Chuck Hendrickson, 360-749-8056, chendrickson@loveoverwhelming.org

ShelterCare, Lane County, Oregon: ShelterCare will provide training to property managers to support their efforts to work with tenants with behavioral health challenges, and refer tenants at risk for eviction to community health workers for assistance. Project partners include Trauma Healing Project, Cornerstone Community Housing, Laurel Hill Center and the Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County.
Contact: Susan Ban, 541-686-1262, sban@sheltercare.org

Willamette Family, Inc., Lane County, Oregon: Willamette Family will work to help people with behavioral health challenges find and maintain stable housing by training community health workers, providing case management, delivering a rental rehabilitation program, and advocating for statewide policy changes for prolonged case management and peer-delivered services. Contact: Eva Williams, 541-762-4526, evaw@wfts.org

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente Northwest contributed more than $141 million toward healthier communities in the Northwest. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/share.

Kaiser Permanente awards more than $600,000 in grants to improve health in Marion and Polk counties - 01/16/17

SALEM, Ore. -- Kaiser Permanente Northwest has awarded $605,000 in multiyear grants to three nonprofits serving Marion and Polk counties. These grants complement the organization's annual community service events honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

The grants support Kaiser Permanente's mission to improve the health of its members and the communities it serves. They address health where it begins: in our schools, homes and workplaces.

Two of the three grants were awarded through the Kaiser Permanente Community Fund at the Northwest Health Foundation, which focuses on three funding areas: early life, education and economic opportunity:

* A $200,000 grant has been awarded to Evolve Workforce & Property Management in Woodburn. Funds will support increasing economic opportunities for low-income people in the Willamette Valley, especially farmworkers and their families, by expanding a job-training program.
* A $80,000 grant has been awarded to the Western States Center, which focuses on racial, gender and economic justice. Funds will support policy efforts to improve reproductive health among the Latino population in Marion and Polk counties.

The final grant was awarded as one of seven Kaiser Permanente grants, totaling $2.27 million, to reduce homelessness in vulnerable populations statewide:

* A $325,000 grant has been awarded to Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Coast to provide housing support services to individuals struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues in Marion County. Funds will also be used to advocate for additional affordable housing units statewide.

"These grants will help create new and equal opportunities for Marion County residents to live a long, healthy life," said Deborah Sailler, MD, mid-valley physician service area director with Kaiser Permanente. "All community members should have this opportunity, no matter where you live, where you're from, or where you work."

Lastly, dozens of Kaiser Permanente employees will demonstrate their passion for community by volunteering their time at six community service sites this Monday through Wednesday. Service projects include physicians providing free care at the Salem Free Clinic, employees organizing books at the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation, and employees weeding and mulching plantings at the Marion-Polk Food Share's farm.

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10.6 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. In 2015, Kaiser Permanente contributed more than $141 million toward healthier communities in the Northwest. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: http://www.kp.org/share.

Attached Media Files: Marion_County_release_Final.pdf
Reminder: MLK Day press conference with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury - Mental Health and the Homeless - 01/16/17

Media Alert

Mental health and the homeless: major grants will help people who are mentally ill find housing

When: Monday, January 16
11:30 a.m.: Press conference
12:15--12:30 p.m.: Participants will be available for interviews


Where: The Clark Center, a men's transitional housing facility run by Transition Projects
1431 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland


What: It's estimated that over 50% of our homeless population suffers from mental illness.

Kaiser Permanente will announce significant grants to help people with behavioral health challenges (mental health and substance abuse) find and stay in housing.


Visuals: Men's transitional housing shelter
Volunteers completing a variety of projects to improve the shelter


Who: Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair
Andrew McCulloch, President, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
Grant recipients: Catholic Charities of Oregon, Catholic Community Services, Love Overwhelming, Outside In, Urban League of Portland



Background:

Last September, Kaiser Permanente announced a $4 million "Housing Is Health" grant as part of a unique partnership (total of $21.5 million) with five other health care organizations and Central City Concern to address homelessness in the Portland region.

This newest community investment will dovetail with both the "Housing Is Health" grant partnership and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, which opens in January.

Additionally, 100 Kaiser Permanente employees, friends and family members will be volunteering at the Clark Center, a transitional housing program, to help with a variety of building improvement projects. This is part of a larger "MLK Days of Service" volunteerism event from Friday, January 13, to Wednesday, January 18.

MLK Day press conference with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury - Mental Health and the Homeless - 01/12/17

Media Alert

Mental Health and the Homeless: Major Grants Will Help People Who Are Mentally Ill Find Housing

When: Monday, January 16
11:30 a.m.: Press conference
12:15--12:30 p.m.: Participants will be available for interviews

Where: The Clark Center, a men's transitional housing facility run by Transition Projects
1431 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

What: Kaiser Permanente will announce significant grants to help people with behavioral health challenges (mental health and substance abuse) find and stay in housing.

Visuals: Men's transitional housing shelter
Volunteers completing a variety of projects to improve the shelter

Who: Deborah Kafoury, Multnomah County Chair
Andrew McCulloch, President, Northwest, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals
Grant recipients: Catholic Charities of Oregon, Catholic Community Services, Love Overwhelming, Outside In, Urban League of Portland

Background: Last September, Kaiser Permanente announced a $4 million "Housing Is Health" grant as part of a unique partnership (total of $21.5 million) with five other health care organizations and Central City Concern to address homelessness in the Portland region.

This newest community investment will dovetail with both the "Housing Is Health" grant partnership and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health, which opens in January.

Additionally, 100 Kaiser Permanente employees, friends and family members will be volunteering at the Clark Center, a transitional housing program, to help with a variety of building improvement projects. This is part of a larger "MLK Days of Service" volunteerism event from Friday, January 13, to Wednesday, January 18.