SANTA ROSA -- As part of an investment of more than $5.1 million by Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California Community Benefit, four local organizations received funding to increase access to chronic disease management, enhance health screenings, and improve prevention of heart disease and stroke.

The grants were awarded through a fund Kaiser Permanente established at the East Bay Community Foundation.

Coastal Health Alliance, Marin Community Clinics, and the Petaluma Health Center each received grants of $150,000 as part of a Quality Improvement Initiative. The initiative, according to Kaiser, will build quality improvement reporting capabilities and establish a patient-centered medical home for patients, improve continuity of care with access to primary care providers and increase colon cancer screenings for patients 50 years and older, and expand quality improvement efforts to support a new care team model designed to improve health outcomes.

Redwood Community Health Coalition was awarded $300,000 to implement Kaiser Permanente’s Prevent Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday (PHASE) program. According to Kaiser, the PHASE program has reduced heart attacks and strokes by as much as 60 percent among high-risk patients who follow the simple, low-cost medication regimen. With funding and the expertise of its physicians, Kaiser Permanente has been sharing PHASE with community clinics since 2007.

“By providing funding and sharing our best practices with community clinics, we partner with the safety net to help people get the care they need—which makes our entire community healthier,” said Judy Coffey, RN, senior vice president and area manager of the Marin-Sonoma service area.

Kaiser Permanente said it is partnering with community health centers, local health departments and public hospitals—collectively referred to as the “safety net”—to help these health care providers improve care and expand treatment to the communities they serve.