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Woodland Hills 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 2019 Community Benefit Year-End report for Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Woodland Hills/West Ventura that summarizes our efforts and highlight specific strategies and resources we deployed to respond to the prioritized health needs in those communities.

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.

Woodland Hills Medical Center Grants Program

Grantmaking is currently closed

Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills provides grants to local nonprofit health and human service organizations that address the priority health needs for its community service area. The current funding priorities, funding timeline, and guidelines on how to apply are provided below.

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. 

The Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center 2020 Community Health Grants are awarded by invitation only. Organizations or programs that are have not received funding in the past will be invited on a case-by-case basis. Grant inquires may be emailed to: Clara.V.Steimberg@kp.org.

Organizations that are invited to apply will receive further instructions via e-mail about submitting detailed grant project proposals.

Current Grant Funding Priorities

Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills 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.

Access to Care Strategies

  • Provide access and comprehensive health care to low-income individuals and families who do not have access to public or private health coverage.
  • Support access to care and improved quality of care for patients through collaboration among hospitals, community clinics, clinic networks, and other safety net providers.
  • Support and implement physician and other pipeline and training programs, using evidence-based, culturally competent, and/or patient-centered population management modules
  • 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 to effectively prevent and manage chronic disease, including cardiovascular health and diabetes
  • Address barriers to quality, culturally appropriate care by providing language and literacy interpretation, transportation, non-traditional access points, and/or other supportive services.

Healthy Eating, Active Living Strategies

  • Design, pilot and implement programs and systems for promoting, screening and/or enrolling community members in food benefit programs.
  • Support programs that procure, recover and/or redistribute food to food insecure communities
  • Support the capacity of communities and anchor organizations to adopt and implement policies and programs to ensure access to healthy foods
  • Provide opportunities for increasing awareness of prevention and management of chronic disease, including cardiovascular health, diabetes, and obesity.
  • Support the capacity of communities and anchor organizations to adopt and implement policies and programs to ensure access to safe spaces and physical activity opportunities

Economic Opportunity Strategies

  • Enhance the infrastructure and capacity of service providers to serve individuals at risk or experiencing homelessness.
  • Support and participate in collaboratives that support coordination and funding of resources (such as health services and housing) for individuals at risk or experiencing homelessness
  • Support the long-term economic vitality of communities through procurement, hiring and workforce development, and/or small business development impact investing

Mental Health

  • Support the infrastructure and capacity building of community organizations and clinics to improve access to quality mental health care.
  • Support the education and training of licensed mental health professionals to be culturally competent. 
  • Support efforts to improve the community and social support system’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs and perceptions about mental health, trauma and resilience
  • Support the enhancement of organizational culture, practices and policies in schools and other institutions to be trauma-informed

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for a Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills 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 Woodland Hills Service Area Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Provide services within the geographic boundaries of Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Service Area, which includes the communities of: Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Encino, Fillmore, Malibu, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Northridge, Oak Park, Oak View, Oxnard, Piru, Port Hueneme, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Santa Paula, Sherman Oaks, Simi Valley, Somis, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Topanga, Van Nuys, Ventura, West Hills, Westlake Village, Winnetka, Woodland Hills

Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills 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 Woodland Hills 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 grant program is to apply an equity lens in the planning, implementation, and execution of all health needs and strategic priorities.  In keeping with this goal, priority will be given to:

  • 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 major under-resourced communities including Canoga Park, Fillmore, Reseda, Winnetka, Oxnard, and Santa Paula.
  • Organizations and programs that utilize screening tools and adopt interventions to address each health need
  • Organizations and programs that utilize policy development and/or implementation, environmental, and/or systems changes to address a health need
  • Requests should only include support for specific community-based programs, projects, or services closely aligned with Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills’ health needs and strategic priority areas.

Grant Awards: Organizations will be awarded from $20,000 to $50,000 over an 18-month grant period.

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 and also address sustainability of outcomes
  • 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.
  • Capacity building grant requests will be considered.
  • Returning grant applicant has a positive reporting and evaluation history of previous grant awards.

To view your submitted application click here.

NOTE: Only one (1) application will be accepted per organization per cycle

Grantmaking Contact

Clara Steimberg
Community Health Manager
(818) 719-4154

By the Numbers

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.