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The healing power of horses

Underserved Oakland immigrants spent a day bonding with horses on a ranch in Half Moon Bay, courtesy of Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Scholars Academy invited 12 East Oakland teens from Castlemont High School to Half Moon Bay for a day of healing in the company of horses hosted by the Square Peg Foundation. The students are all newly arrived immigrants or refugees, and all participate in the Soccer without Borders program in Oakland.

“The focus was getting young, underserved women out of their city environments and into nature where they could learn the healing power of horses,” said Erica Hooper, Kaiser Permanente Northern California regional program manager, Community Health and Academic Relations. Kaiser Permanente funded the day on the ranch. 


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