Kaiser Permanente grant to fund patient education program
KENNESAW, Ga. (Aug. 9, 2012) — In a nod to its good work, the KSU Community Clinic recently received a $10,000 grant to fund a patient education program focused on obesity, asthma and breast health.
Awarded by Kaiser Permanente, this is the second "Good Neighbor Grant" the clinic has received from the health care organization. The first grant totaled $14,900.
"They came back and asked us if we could use another $10,000, and of course we said we could," said Beverly Maddox, the clinic's administrative director. "We are the only clinic that received additional funding from Kaiser."
The clinic's first grant focused on the treatment of hypertension and diabetes, Maddox said. This latest grant will fund the creation of individualized patient education programs, including pre- and post-testing to ensure patient learning.
According to Maddox, the clinic serves 118 patients with asthma and 57 percent of patients are female.
"We’re targeting obesity because it exacerbates hypertension, diabetes and elevated cholesterol, which are 50 percent of the health issues encountered by clinic staff," she said.
The clinic, which has been in operation for 16 years, treated 2,275 patients in fiscal year 2011 - 2012 and provides hands-on learning opportunities for more than 20 nursing and social work students each semester.
"The KSU Community Clinic serves patients who have no other access to health care," Maddox said. "Without funding from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia, we would be unable to provide the resources necessary for a formal patient education program."
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,100 students from more than 130 countries.