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    Kaiser Permanente donates nearly $500,000 to Morehouse School of Medicine

    Grant will fund a leadership program that aims to reduce health disparities for primary care and mental health

    Contact: Cherie A. Richardson / 404-752-1917 /

    ATLANTA, October 14, 2009 - Kaiser Permanente presented a grant for almost $500,000 to the Satcher Health Leadership Institute (SHLI) of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) to support the development and implementation of a workforce leadership program that will reduce health disparities by creating an integrated approach to primary care and mental health.

    "Morehouse School of Medicine is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of individuals and communities and Kaiser shares this value," said MSM President John E. Maupin Jr. D.D.S. "We commend Kaiser for its extraordinary philanthropy and for supporting us as we continue to prepare our students to address the primary health-care needs of those most vulnerable."

    The grant will be used to train scholars to encourage effective policy and practice in order to remedy the causes of health disparities, to improve access to care and to develop health care leaders who will advance the integration of mental and primary health care. Additionally, this initiative will create partnerships between mental and primary health care to more effectively diagnose and treat mental health conditions.

    "We are enthusiastic about our new partnership with Kaiser Permanente and the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and grateful for the support of our new fellows," said former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, M.D., Ph.D., director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute and Center of Excellence on Health Disparities and Poussaint-Satcher-Cosby Chair in Mental Health at MSM. "The mission of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute partners well with the mission and history of Kaiser and we are committed to eliminating disparities in health."

    The project will also improve access to care for underserved populations.

    "Morehouse School of Medicine strives to improve the health and well being of individuals and communities. Similarly, Kaiser Permanente's vision is to end health disparities, help everyone get the care they need and make better health a reality for all," said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president of Kaiser Permanente. "This partnership will help address the findings of our needs assessment and ultimately make better health a reality for all."

    On hand for the check presentation were Dr. Rob Schreiner, executive medical director, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group; Dr. Raymond Baxter, senior vice president, Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy, Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals; Dr. John E. Maupin, president, Morehouse School of Medicine; Peter Andruszkiewicz, president, Kaiser Permanente of Georgia; Dr. David Satcher, director, Satcher Health Leadership Institute; and Veronica Biggins, Kaiser Permanente Executive Advisory Board.

    Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), located in Atlanta, Georgia, was founded in 1975 as the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. In 1981 Morehouse School of Medicine became an independently chartered institution and the first minority medical school established at a Historically Black College and University in the 20th century. MSM is among the nation's leading educators of primary care physicians. Our faculty and alumni are noted in their fields for excellence in teaching, research and public policy, and are known in the community for exceptional, culturally appropriate patient care. For more information about Morehouse School of Medicine, visit us online at