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Community health organizations serving greater Sacramento receive more than $1 million in grants
Community health organizations serving greater Sacramento receive more than $1 million in grants

Kaiser Permanente recently announced $1 million in grants to health organizations in the greater Sacramento area to help increase access to care for people who are at the greatest risk for heart attacks and strokes. The grants are part of a larger $5.8 million investment aimed at expanding the reach and scope of the organization’s Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Every day (PHASE) program, as well as additional resources to support training and technical assistance aimed at optimizing implementation of the program in community settings.

PHASE combines medications and lifestyle changes to provide an evidence-based, cost-effective treatment for people with existing heart disease and those at greatest risk for developing it, including individuals with diabetes who are ages 55 years and older. The heart healthy regimen has helped Kaiser Permanente reduce heart attacks and stroke-related hospital admissions among its own members by 60 percent since it began the program in 2002. Kaiser Permanente has been sharing the program with community health centers through a combination of grant funding, clinical expertise, and physician mentors since 2006.

“It's incredible to see the amazing value of our integrated system being spread to other areas of need. Primary prevention, preventing the first heart attack or stroke rather than waiting to treat after the problem occurs, is critical for community health,” said Peter Miles, MD, a cardiologist and the chair of chiefs of cardiology for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. "High risk populations will benefit greatly through these grants by replicating the most effective model of care that has been defined by Kaiser Permanente.”

Today, 112 clinic sites in Northern California, which includes 25 public hospital/health department clinics (representing four public hospital systems) and 87 clinic sites from 32 health centers (representing 4 consortia) are providing care to more than 120,000 patients with diabetes and hypertension.

The organizations in greater Sacramento receiving grant funds include:

Redwood Community Health Coalition (RCHC) - $500,000 grant

  • RCHC will expand its Evidence‐based Care framework, which supports use of shared clinical guidelines. o Funds will be also used to optimize electronic health records and for population health assistance.
  • RCHC will expand PHASE from 22 to 23 sites and from 8,000 to 12,000 patients.
  • Grant funds will be shared among RCHC’s clinics throughout Northern California, including the Communicare Clinic in Davis.

Cares Community Health - $150,000 grant

  • Cares Community Health will adopt and implement the PHASE protocol over the next 36 months. Funds will help Cares optimize their multidisciplinary care team approaches to better engage patients, and to build a culture of data-driven decision making to improve health outcomes for PHASE patients.
  • Cares proposes to serve 5,300 PHASE patients with this project.
  • The Cares clinic is located in midtown Sacramento

Chapa-De Indian Health - $150,000 grant

  • Chap-De will adopt and implement the PHASE protocol in both of its clinic sites for the first time over the next 36 months. Participation in PHASE will provide Chapa-De with the resources necessary to adopt, test and refine population health management strategies, which may be applied to other conditions in the future.
  • Chapa-De proposes to serve 3,700 PHASE patients with this project.
  • Has clinics in Auburn and Grass Valley

Elica Health Center - $150,000 grant

  • Elica will adopt the Kaiser Permanente PHASE protocol at four of its sites.
  • Over the next 36 months, Elica will use funds to identify, screen and serve at-risk patients targeted by PHASE.
  • Elica proposes to serve 29,000 PHASE patients with this project.
  • Clinics are located in Sacramento and West Sacramento

Sacramento Native American Health Center - $150,000 grant

  • SNAHC will utilize PHASE funding to support its pre-diabetes, diabetes and hypertensive patient programs. This funding will help improve team based care through the addition of a Certified Health Educator who will assist chronic care patients with individualized disease orientation, case management support and disease specific group education classes for program participants and their families.
  • SNAHC proposes to serve 6,559 PHASE patients with this project.
  • Clinic is located in midtown Sacramento

"We find that our patients do much better when their support system is engaged, educated about a loved one’s health condition and together, they make changes to their lifestyle as a family unit,” said Britta Guerrero, Chief Executive Officer, Sacramento Native American Health Center, Inc. “We are looking forward to participating in the PHASE grant program and are invested in population based health care. We are proud to participate in this effort.”