Kaiser Permanente donates $1M to bolster coronavirus response

Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente is giving $1 million to public health organizations and collaborating with the CDC Foundation to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC Foundation was created by Congress as an independent nonprofit that extends the reach of the CDC by deploying philanthropic resources to public health causes.

"Public-private collaboration and intergovernmental coordination are critically important in creating effective outbreak response," said Bechara Choucair, MD, chief health officer at Kaiser Permanente, in a press release. The funds will go to at least 10 public health organizations including the American Public Health Association and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

"These groups have immense breadth and depth of experience addressing public health issues and can ensure alignment with the healthcare ecosystem," Dr. Choucair said.   

Other organizations that will receive funding:

  • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Big Cities Health Coalition
  • County Health Executives Association of California
  • Health Officers Association of California
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • National Health Law Program
  • Network for Public Health Law
  • Trust for America's Health

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