The money is part of a national effort to uplift communities of color and improve public health.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Kaiser Permanente Northwest is granting $250,000 to Black-owned businesses and nonprofits spanning Oregon and Washington.
It is part of Kaiser’s national effort to take on systemic racism, by providing rapid response grants, business loans and professional development opportunities. These local actions build on $100 million in national grants and financing equity to support Black businesses.
“Systemic racism is built into our culture and society, and it can only be defeated through long-term commitment and sustained action,” said Jeff Collins, president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals of the Northwest. “We can’t fully address the health of our members and our communities without addressing racism and economic opportunity.”
Kaiser Permanente Northwest will give a total of $250,000 to ten local nonprofits on the frontlines in the fight against systemic racism:
1. African American Alliance for Homeownership
2. Albina Headstart
3. Black Parent Initiative
4. Black United Fund of Oregon
5. Kairos PDX
6. Portland African American Leadership Forum
7. NAACP Vancouver
8. NAACP Eugene/Springfield
9. Self Enhancement Inc.
10. Urban League of Portland
Each $25,000 grant will go toward general operating expenses, with the intent that services will improve overall health within communities of color, which are disproportionally impacted by economic instability and have less access to healthcare.
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