Our partners provide the sustaining support necessary to help us meet the growing needs of the community.
When a community as large and diverse as ours comes together, it’s a beautiful thing. From the dedicated individuals whose passion has fueled our organization since the very beginning, to our partnerships with local and federal agencies, foundations, and businesses, we value each relationship deeply. Because we know that only by working together can we continue to provide nutrition for all.
Partner Spotlight: Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente’s mission “to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve” couldn’t be more perfectly aligned with the mission of Open Hand Atlanta. This is only one reason why we are so fortunate to have Kaiser Permanente as a valued partner.
Recently, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. contributed $85,000 to Open Hand to support our “Eat Well Live Well Program” targeting persons with uncontrolled diabetes (A1C >7). The funding will support the provision of 2 medically-tailored meals per day for 3 months in addition to in-home nutrition assessments by an Open Hand Registered Dietitian to collect pre/post data. This is an important initiative for Open Hand — one in which we will utilize new Kaiser-funded tools that allow us to more effectively track clients’ progress on health measures and aggregate results to document the impact of program services on our clients’ health.
UPDATE: Preliminary results show that food insecurity among this target population has dropped from around 40% to 12%. Also, the number of clients referred to long-term food benefit programs (WIC and senior farmers market program) went from 0 to 10, illustrating the importance of Open Hand Registered Dietitians helping to connect clients to a sustainable means for managing their food insecurity.
We couldn’t be more thankful to have such a trusted partner as Kaiser Permanente to help us undertake this valuable project. A special thanks to Open Hand Board member Debra G. Carlton, MD, Associate Medical Director of Primary Care and Behavioral Health for Kaiser Permanente. Her tremendous guidance and leadership has enabled us to help Kaiser Permanente fulfill its mission to make a difference in our communities and make them better places to live, work and thrive.
Engaging with the public, private, and independent sectors, Open Hand partners serve as advocates, educators, and spokespersons to advance the case for philanthropy and to inspire other business leaders to make a lasting commitment to community giving.
Of course, there are those who go above and beyond with generous contributions of time and financial resources, consistently demonstrating their commitment to improving the quality of life for underserved individuals in our community living with or at risk for chronic illness. These sustaining partners are integral to Open Hand’s efforts to keep pace with the growing demand for nutrition services, and we are honored by their support.
Open Hand Atlanta believes in partnering with the community to positively impact health and social services, and we work closely with over 100 other nonprofit organizations throughout the state to implement collaborative programs that address these issues. It is only through these valued collaborative relationships that Open Hand Atlanta is able to carry out our mission and touch the lives of thousands of those in our communities that would not otherwise receive the nutrition support they so desperately need.
Athens Community Council on Aging
The Atlanta Community Food Bank
Atlanta ID Group
The Atlanta Regional Commission
C.E. Mendez Foundation
Clayton County Dept of Senior Services
Covenant House of Georgia
DeKalb County Board of Health
Emory Midtown Infectious Disease Clinic
Emory School of Medicine
Faith Health Services
Fayette Senior Services, Inc.
Fulton County Housing & Human Services Office of Aging
Fulton County Department of Health & Wellness
Georgia Department of Public Health
Georgia State University
Grady Infectious Disease Clinic
ID Group of Atlanta
Making a Way Housing, Inc.
Meals on Wheels Atlanta
Meyer Balser NORC
Morehouse Medical Associates
Morehouse School of Medicine
Quality Care for Children
St. Joseph’s Mercy Care Clinic
Senior Services North Fulton
Share Our Strength
SOURCE Partners Atlanta
South Fulton Senior Services
Truly Living Well
U.S. Dept of Housing & Urban Development/City of Atlanta
United Way of Greater Atlanta
VA Medical Center
Visiting Nurse Health Systems
YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta