Kaiser to offer grants to safety net clinics

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Colorado’s safety net clinics will benefit form a $500,000  Kaiser Permanente grant program.

The grant program aims to improve the quality of care at the clinics, which largely serve uninsured or under-insured people. Statewide, more than 500,000 people use the clinics annually.

Individual grants will range from $10,000 to $100,000 and will be available to nonprofit health services in Colorado Springs, Denver, Longmont, Boulder, Pueblo, Fort Collins and Greeley.

Organizations must apply for the money and must demonstrate need for quality improvement projects, expansions to serve more patients, support for continuing education or linking patients to other community resources.

Since 2009, Kaiser has committed more than $2.5 million to Colorado’s safety net clinics, including $1 million in scholarships and loan repayments to address the shortage of medical staff in southern Colorado.