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Prompted by COVID-19 Outbreak, Kaiser Permanente Announces CDC Foundation Partnership

By Jack O'Brien  
   March 10, 2020

The Oakland-based healthcare organization also announced a $1 million donation to combat the coronavirus crisis.

Kaiser Permanente announced a partnership with the CDC Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to assist the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in order to stop the spread of coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), according to a press release Wednesday morning.

The Oakland-based healthcare organization also announced a $1 million donation to seven public health organizations to combat the coronavirus crisis.

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The organizations that will receive funding from Kaiser Permanente include the American Public Health Association, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the Big Cities Health Coalition, the Network for Public Health Law, the National Health Law Program, and Trust for America’s Health.

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According to the Kaiser Permanente press release: "This donation will help them focus on rapidly sharing emerging evidence and data, aligning on effective protocols and policies, and cascading accurate information as it becomes available – as well as quickly debunking misinformation."

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The coronavirus has spread worldwide in recent weeks, accounting for more than 4,000 deaths as of Tuesday night, and created a significant impact on the U.S. economy.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by more than 2,000 points Monday, the largest single day drop in market history, as fears around the coronavirus continue to spread.

Additionally, a majority of North American companies have instituted employee protection initiatives and cancelled business trips as a result of concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Related: In Response to Coronavirus, Majority of North American Companies Launch Employee Protection Plans

Jack O'Brien is the finance editor at HealthLeaders, a Simplify Compliance brand.

Photo credit: Redwood City, CA, USA - Feb 16, 2020: The Kaiser Permanente sign is seen at Kaiser Permanente Redwood City Medical Center. Kaiser Permanente is an American integrated managed care consortium. / Editorial credit: Tada Images / Shutterstock.com


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