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South Bay Medical Center

Community Health is central to our mission because healthy communities are where people thrive. Like our approach to medicine, our work in the community takes a prevention-focused, evidence-based approach. In pursuit of our mission we go beyond traditional corporate philanthropy and grant-making to leverage our internal resources with our physician expertise, clinical practices, health education expertise, and technical assistance. Our commitment to community includes a robust engagement process that lifts the voice of community members and highlights priority health needs in our 2019 Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and 2019 Community Engagement Summaries (CES). Through this process, Southern California Kaiser Foundation Hospitals identified urgent social and economic factors that negatively impact community health.

Based on the CHNA findings, the 2020 – 2022 Implementation Strategy (IS) Plans of Southern California Kaiser Foundation Hospitals apply a health equity lens to outline our commitment to invest, partner, and drive change to improve the health of individuals in communities we serve. While each Kaiser Foundation Hospital IS plan is unique to its service area, the high-level focus areas and strategic priorities we aim to address across Southern California in partnership with community organizations are listed below:

Access to Care: We are committed to a) increase coverage, access, and utilization of health care services for populations that are underserved, uninsured, and/or underinsured, b) improve and build the current and emerging workforce to meet the primary care needs of the community, and c) improve the capacity of healthcare systems to provide quality healthcare, including interventions to address the social determinants of health. 

Economic Opportunity: We are committed to a) reduce food insecurity and improving access to healthy foods, b) preserve and improve the availability of affordable housing and improve care coordination to serve individuals experiencing homelessness and to prevent displacement, and c) improve educational attainment and employment opportunities for underserved populations.

Mental and Behavioral Health:  We are committed to a) improve access and connection to mental health care in clinical and community settings, b) improve and build the current and emerging mental health workforce to meet community needs, and c) reduce mental health stigma and improve knowledge, capacity, and resilience in individuals, communities, and organizations.

Across these areas, we work to inspire and support people to be healthier in all aspects of their lives, and build stronger, healthier communities. In addition to dedicating resources through Community Benefit, we also leverage substantial additional assets that improve community health, including our healthcare workforce volunteerism.

At Kaiser Permanente, we believe in using the full range of our organization’s assets to improve the health of the communities we serve. We regularly gather data and seek input from our community partners and members to inform our investments and to guide the development of strategies that can make long-term, sustainable change and improve health. We are pleased to share our 2020 Community Benefit Year-End report for the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in South Bay that summarizes our efforts and highlight specific strategies and resources we deployed to respond to the prioritized health needs in the community.

Note: While Kaiser Permanente is committed to addressing these needs, local medical centers will strategically and carefully invite community partners to apply for funding in order to address needs that align with the local Implementation Strategy Plans, which may have some variations of the strategic priorities listed above. Please scroll down to view the areas that are currently being funded in this medical center.

South Bay Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed
Note

The Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center 2021 Community Benefit Grants are awarded through a “By Invitation Only” grant process.

Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center is currently focused on supporting the following health needs and related strategic priorities. Reviewing this area will help to ensure that your proposed grant project is aligned with these priorities.

If you would like to apply for Grant or Sponsorship Funding for a broader service area in Southern California or Nationally, visit this site for more information and to apply.

If you would like to apply for a local event sponsorship, such as: special fund raising events (luncheons, recognition dinners); conferences; symposia; public policy briefings; and health education forums; visit this site for more information and to apply. 

Current Grant Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center is currently focused on supporting the following health needs and related strategic priorities. Reviewing this area will help to ensure that your proposed grant project is aligned with these priorities. Grant funding priorities are organized by 1) local priority health needs based on findings of the 2019 community health needs assessment; and 2) National Common Areas of Focus and enterprise strategies (see below). In addition to local grantmaking priorities, applicants must indicate in the project narrative: a. statement of alignment to a National Common Areas of Focus for the category in which you are applying; b. statement of how your organization addresses structural racism and marginalization through its board and staff composition, administering programs and services, and/or operations.

Access to Health Care

Funding available: $80,000 (4 Grants up to $20,000 each)

Local Grantmaking Strategies:

  • Increase coverage, access, and utilization of health care services for populations that are underserved, uninsured, and/or underinsured.
    • Access and comprehensive health care to low-income individuals and families who do not have access to public or private health coverage.
    • Access to care and improved quality of care for patients through collaboration among hospitals, community clinics, clinic networks, and other safety net providers.
  • Improve and build the current and emerging workforce to meet the primary care needs of the community.
    • Physician and other pipeline and training programs, using evidence-based, culturally competent, and/or patient-centered population management modules.
  • Improve the capacity of healthcare systems to provide quality healthcare, including interventions to address the social determinants of health.
    • Design, pilot and implement systems for screening community members with social (non-medical) needs and refer to community-based programs and services.
    • Strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of community clinics and nonprofit organizations to effectively address health disparities and the prevention and management of chronic disease (e.g., cardiovascular health and diabetes).

National Common Area of Focus: Charity Care

  • Increase enrollment in coverage programs for low-income individuals/families without coverage – e.g., enrollment in Medicaid and other financial assistance programs.
    • Provide information about coverage options and assist with eligibility screening/application/enrollment e.g., navigator/ enrollment/outreach.
  • Increase access to care for low-income at-risk populations
    • Building capacity, advocating for policy, implementing programs and educating consumers in order to increase access to care.

National Common Area of Focus: Safety Net

  • Virtual care: Implementation and optimization through training and technical assistance.
  • Social health: Provide social needs to patients served by the safety net.
  • Specialty care: Delivery of specialty care in the community.
  • Core support: Operating support to safety net organizations aimed at strengthening their clinical, financial, and operational capacity to continue to meet the evolving patient needs.
    • Enables the safety net to respond to emerging needs, including COVID-19 response during pandemic.
  • Quality improvement for population health: Improve care quality and strengthen population health.

Economic Security - Food for Life

Funding available: $80,000 (4 Grants up to $20,000 each)

Local Grantmaking Strategy: Reduce food insecurity and improve access to healthy foods.

  • Design, pilot, and implement programs and systems for screening community members for food insecurity and enrolling them in food benefit programs.
  • Support programs that procure, recover, and/or redistribute food to food insecure communities and high-risk populations.
  • Support the capacity of communities and organizations to adopt and implement policies and programs to ensure access to healthy foods and to provide education in support of healthy eating.

National Common Area of Focus: Food for Life

  • Increasing Purchasing Power
    • Ensure communities have access to governmental nutrition programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), SNAP for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), school nutrition for students and families.
  • Meal / Nutrition Distribution - Distributing food to those in need with an emphasis on equity.
    • Medically Tailored Meals distribution for people with chronic conditions.
    • Building capacity for and/or distributing prepared food
    • Support meal and food distribution in partnership with schools and other nonprofit partners

Economic Security - Housing for Health

Funding available: $60,000 (3 Grants up to $20,000 each)

Local Grantmaking Strategy: Preserve and improve the availability of affordable housing and improve care coordination to serve individuals experiencing homelessness and to prevent displacement.

  • Collaboratives that support coordination and funding of resources (such as health services and housing) for individuals at risk or experiencing homelessness.
  • Capacity of communities and organizations to provide supportive services and to reduce and prevent displacement and homelessness among high- risk populations.

National Common Area of Focus: Housing for Health

  • Prevent Homelessness
    • Cross-sector interventions that address individual, community and system level indicators of housing instability and homelessness.
    • Evidence-based prevention, diversion and housing stabilization strategies to keep people in their homes or quickly rebound from homelessness such as capacity building for a community-based legal aid or tenancy supportive services.
  • Transform Care: Whole Person Approaches
    • Strategies that strengthen the connectivity and provision of care within health care and social services safety net for people experiencing homelessness or formerly homeless.
    • Enhanced integration of Health Care, Public Health and Continuum of Care (CoCs) to strengthen clinical and social services to better care for the whole person including evidence-based practices for long-term housing solutions and accelerating innovative and culturally competent virtual models of care.

Economic Security - Educational Attainment and Employment Opportunities

Funding available: $80,000 (4 Grants up to $20,000 each)

Local Grantmaking Strategy: Improve educational attainment and employment opportunities.

  • Long-term economic vitality of communities through procurement, hiring, and workforce development, and/or small business development impact investing.
  • Priority will be given to Thriving Schools, Summer Youth Education Program partners, and organizations strongly aligned to the National Common Areas of Focus for Economic Opportunity (below) and Equity Strategy (see structural racism and marginalization local funding priority).

National Common Area of Focus: Economic Opportunity

  • Quality Jobs and Careers
    • Workforce development partners to develop and implement job training and placement programs, including pre-apprenticeship programs.
    • Wrap around services to support job seekers who face socio-economic barriers to securing and maintaining jobs (e.g., transportation, childcare).
    • Connects people to quality jobs or support organizations connecting people to transitional employment paired with support services to better position them for future long-term employment (i.e., social enterprises).
  • College & Career Readiness
    • Focus on high school and/or GED achievement, with the objective of increasing attendance and graduation among students of color in low-income areas.
    • Addresses career exposure, especially in health care; mentorship; social emotional supports for students and families; and educational policy advocacy.

Mental Health - ACES/Trauma

Funding available: $60,000 (3 Grants up to $20,000 each)

Local Grantmaking Strategies:

  • Improve access and connection to mental health care in clinical and community settings.
    • Collaboratives that improve access and coordination and provide funding for mental and behavioral health services.
    • Infrastructure and capacity building of community organizations and clinics to improve access to quality mental health care.
  • Improve and build the current and emerging mental health workforce to meet community needs.
    • Pipeline and training programs to increase the number of licensed and diverse mental health professionals.
  • Reduce mental health stigma and improve knowledge, capacity, and resilience in individuals, communities, and organizations.
    • Enhancement of organizational culture, practices, and policies in schools and other institutions to be trauma-informed.
    • Programs for youth and community efforts that improve knowledge and perceptions about mental health and focus on trauma-informed care, conflict resolution, and mentoring.
    • Efforts to improve the community and social support system’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and perceptions about mental health, trauma, and resilience.

National Common Area of Focus: ACEs/Trauma

Support healing for community members from the long-term stress and inter-generational trauma of racism. Engage community organizations with skilled practitioners to prevent racial trauma, stress, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

 

  • Engage individuals, families and communities at highest risk to prevent and mitigate the impact of ACEs and trauma by:
    • Anchoring children and families in healthy relationships
    • Disrupting the cycle of trauma
    • Accelerating paths to healing and positive life journeys
  • Focused on the following groups:
    • Overall: ACEs screening, violence prevention and social needs support
    • Early Childhood: Family-centered and prenatal interventions focused on trauma-informed education, coaching and support
    • School-Age: Trauma-sensitive, resilience-based community activities (preschool through junior high-school) that are adjacent to or complement school-based efforts
    • Adolescents: Educational therapy, life-skills and job training, mentoring and internships

Structural Racism & Marginalization - Equity

In 2020, our CEO Greg Adams announced a series of actions to address racial and social justice, which included the Advancing Racial Equity Grant Initiative. For the Southern California region, $1 Million in grants were awarded to nonprofit organizations addressing structural racism through organization and leadership development, community organizing, community network building, policy change and advocacy, training and education, and technical assistance. Additionally, Southern California community health invested over $1 Million in grants to South Los Angeles nonprofits in support of programs and policy/advocacy addressing equity and systemic change.

Local Grantmaking Strategies:

  • Improve access to and quality of health care, mental health care, and social services for high need populations (race/ethnic groups, seniors, youth, formerly incarcerated, veterans, LGBTQ, etc.) and in geographic communities of prioritized need.
    • Integrate equity in the planning, implementation, and execution of strategies under access to care and mental health.
  • Improve economic security for high need populations (race/ethnic groups, seniors, youth, formerly incarcerated, veterans, LGBTQ, etc.) and in geographic communities of prioritized need.
    • Incorporate an equity lens throughout planning, implementation, and execution of strategies under economic security including education and employment, food insecurity, and housing/homelessness.

National Common Area of Focus: Equity

  • Dismantle discriminatory institutional practices, structures, and public policies that contribute to systemic racism.
    • Existing community-based organization leadership and action to dismantle discriminatory policies, systems, and practices that disadvantage communities of color.
    • Existing or non-traditional approaches to advancing racial and social justice in Black communities and identified communities of color.
    • Community organizing, organization and leadership development, community network building, policy advocacy, training and education, and/or technical assistance.

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center Community Health grant, an applicant organization (or fiscal agent), must have operations in California and be one of the following types of nonprofit organizations:

  • 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization with a 509 (a) designation indicating that the organization is not a private foundation
  • A local, state, or federal government agency, including any of its subdivisions that perform substantial governmental functions

In addition, organizations must:

  • Provide direct services to disadvantaged and/or underserved populations that address funding priorities identified in the Kaiser Permanente South Bay Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente South Bay Service Area, which includes the communities of: Carson (90745, 90746, 90747), Compton (90220), Gardena (90247, 90248, 90249), Harbor City (90710), Hawthorne (90250), Hermosa Beach (90254), Lawndale (90260), Lomita (90717), Long Beach (90802, 90803, 90804, 90806, 90807, 90810, 90813, 90814, 90815, 90822), Los Angeles (90061), Manhattan Beach (90266), Palos Verdes Estates (90274), Rancho Palos Verdes (90275), Redondo Beach (90277, 90278), an Pedro (90731, 90732), Santa Catalina Island (90704), Signal Hill (90755), Torrance (90501, 90502, 90503, 90504, 90505, 90506), Wilmington (90744). Priority will be given to communities of significant health need highlighted in bold.

Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center Community Health does not consider funding requests from international, social, recreational clubs, or for the following:

  • Sports teams and tournaments (e.g., golf tournaments, tennis events, walks, and runs)
  • Individuals
  • Religious purposes
  • Partisan political activities
  • Endowments or memorials
  • Re-granting purposes to other organizations

Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center will not consider requests from organizations that discriminate based on gender, age, economic status, educational background, race, color, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or marital status in your programs, services, policies and administration. In addition, Community Health grants will not be awarded for activities, events, or programs organized or solely sponsored by alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceutical companies, or companies that produce firearms.

We generally do not provide grants for academic research, capital campaigns, event sponsorships (including community health fairs), or political campaigns.

Grant Award Parameters and Considerations

The aim of this program is to ensure equity is at the forefront of our community health partnerships from development to evaluation.  In keeping with this goal, priority will be given to:

  • Organizations whose executive leadership (Board members and CEO/ED) and  senior staff composition reflect the communities served.   
  • Have staff and leadership with lived experience regarding the priority health need the organization seeks to address.  
  • Organizations, collaboratives, or programs supporting and partnering with high need populations (racial/ethnic groups with health and economic disparities, seniors, youth, formerly incarcerated, veterans, LGBTQ, etc.) and geographic communities (listed above in bold).
  • Community-based programs, projects, or collaboratives that traditionally have not received funding due to lack of capacity.
  • Organizations and programs utilizing screening tools and adopting interventions to address each health need that are culturally appropriate and reflective of the communities we serve.
  • Requests should only include support for specific community-based programs, projects, or services closely aligned with Kaiser Permanente South Bay’s health needs and strategic priority areas.
  • Community-informed capacity building, core operating support, and programmatic funding requests will be considered.

Other Considerations:

  • Grant objectives are specific, measurable, action-oriented, and time-defined.
  • Grant outcomes clearly indicate what will change as a result of the proposed request.
  • Grant budget includes other sources of funding (may include individual donations) and demonstrates sustainability.
  • Population to be served is clearly defined and high priority based on ethnic and geographic disparities, low-income and high health risks.
  • Repeating grant applicant has a positive reporting and evaluation history of previous grant awards.

Grant Awards: Approximately 18 organizations may be awarded up to $20,000 over a 12-month grant period.

To view your submitted application click here.

Grantmaking Contact

Janae A. Oliver
Community Benefit Manager
(424) 251.7678

By the Numbers

$362,996
Total Grants Awarded in 2019

Looking for CHNA Reports?

You can find all the CHNA Reports organized by Year and Medical Center in the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) Section of the Service Areas Page.