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$1,044,938,540 in Total Funding and Grants

Kaiser Permanente has provided high-quality health care to our members and communities for more than 75 years. We understand that getting and keeping healthy means more than just eating fresh fruits and vegetables, working out, and visiting your physician once a year. In fact, there are economic, social, and environmental factors that play major roles in the quality of your health and the health of your family. That’s why we are working to make communities healthier by addressing these conditions.

Healthy People

invested in quality health care for those with little or no insurance.

We work with our community partners and others to improve Total Community Health by providing access to quality health care for those with little or no insurance

One of the ways our Community Health programs help to alleviate economic hardships is through the Summer Youth Employment Program. We provide work opportunities for aspiring physicians and future hospital administrators in our medical centers and offices. The Inroads program gives under-represented college students real-world business and health care experience, and builds leadership skills in the health care providers of the future.

Expanding access to CARE for all people

“Everyone deserves to be treated with the same respect and love we would want.”
- Paul Gregerson, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, John Wesley Community Health Institute

Because many communities continue to suffer from limited health care resources, Kaiser Permanente helps safety net institutions, including  community health centers, public hospitals, local health departments, school health centers, and local clinics like the John Wesley Community Health Institute, deliver care to our most underserved and vulnerable populations.

Programs Supported

  • Medical Financial Assistance
  • Charitable Health Coverage Programs
  • Medi-CAL Subsidies
  • Care & Coverage Grants & Donations
  • Community Clinics, Health Centers, and Public Hospitals Grants & Donations

2023 Healthy People Highlights


of the most vulnerable people in the state received quality health care through Kaiser Permanente.


low-income, uninsured, and underinsured members and non-members received financial assistance when the ability to pay for services impeded access to emergency and medically necessary care.

Healthy Environment

invested in efforts to increase economic vitality, safety, and wellness.

We support innovative efforts to increase nutritious foods, physical activity, economic vitality, safety, and wellness in local schools, workplaces, and neighborhoods.

Clean parks and open spaces are critical to healthy environments and communities. They provide safe places for people to come together, relax and exercise. We work with partner organizations, such as the Trust for Public Land, to build healthier, stronger, and safer neighborhoods through the creation of urban parks in the most underserved, at risk, and low-income neighborhoods.

Improving Economic Security in our Communities

Everyone deserves a decent standard of living. When a person or group cannot afford fresh, nutritious food; a comfortable, safe place to live; or the means to maintain basic hygiene standards, quality of life may seem out of reach – if not impossible.

Kaiser Permanente has long been committed to total health. We understand how economic, social and environmental factors in our communities – beyond the medical care we provide – significantly affect people’s health, well-being, and longevity. We strive to use our strong relationships and extensive resources to eliminate factors that can harm individual and community health.

When Kaiser Permanente Southern California began constructing a state-of-the-art medical office building in the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw neighborhood in West Los Angeles, the opportunity to provide good-paying jobs and increase economic security in the community became clear.

We collaborated with 2nd Call, a nonprofit community organization that helps former inmates rebuild their careers and lives. Through 2nd Call, former gang members like Charles Slay, who was released at age 48 after spending 27 years in prison for murder, applied their construction skills to help build the new medical center. This second chance allowed the ex-convicts not only to become part of the community, but also to help better the community.

By partnering with like-minded organizations and developing innovative ways to inspire positive change, we continue making a difference in strengthening the health of our communities and the people who live there.

Programs Supported

  • Thriving Schools
  • Active Living HEAL Zones
  • Enviornmental Stewardship
  • Community Health Initiatives Grants & Donations

2023 Healthy Environment Highlights


Districts in Southern California participated in the Thriving Schools program – part of our ongoing commitment to schools and districts across the country, helping to ensure that teachers, staff, and students have the support they need to thrive in learning and in health.


children, teens, and adults attended professional Educational Theatre performances and workshops that address current issues, including healthy eating and active living, conflict management, and bullying.

Sharing Knowledge

invested in the training of medical staff to educate a new generation.

As one of the nation's most productive research institutions, Kaiser Permanente and our research scientists are transforming the future of health.

The lack of access to high quality health care for the uninsured or underinsured is a major social concern. Community Health funds Community Medicine Fellowships and the training of medical staff to educate a new generation of physicians to improve the health of underserved communities. We contribute resources to support community clinics, public hospitals, and government programs to improve both the access and quality of patient care.

Investing in the FUTURE of care

Studies show that mentoring has a positive and significant effect on students. It helps them participate successfully in school and community life and encourages them to avoid negative behaviors.

Our Summer Youth Employment Program provides underserved or at-risk high school students with supportive and meaningful employment experiences in the health care field. Kaiser Permanente physicians and professionals mentor students, like Kenneth Phinn, and introduce them to the possibilities of careers in health care.

Programs Supported

  • Medical Research
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Grants & Donations for the Education of Health Care Professionals

2023 Sharing Knowledge Highlights


Approximately 650 scholarly articles were published by the Department of Research and Evaluation. Kaiser Permanente researchers address critical issues like cancer, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and health care delivery improvement by leveraging our research expertise, mining rich data sources, and emphasizing evidence-based practices to improve health care worldwide.


underserved or at-risk high school students participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program to gain health care work experience.

Other Community Investments

invested in the insurance that everyone experiences good health and well-being.

Diverse investments for better health and wellness for all.

Good health starts in our homes, schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. Kaiser Permanente is committed to making investments in our communities to ensure that everyone experiences good health and well-being.

Programs Supported

  • Watts Counseling and Learning Center
  • Educational Outreach Program
  • Summer Youth Employment Program
  • INROADS Internship Programs
  • Community Health Operations
  • Other Benefits for the Broader Community

$1,044,938,540 in Total Funding and Grants

Healthy People

invested in quality health care for those with little or no insurance.

Healthy Environments

invested in efforts to increase economic vitality, safety, and wellness.

Sharing Knowledge

invested in the training of medical staff to educate a new generation.

Other Community Health Investments

invested in the insurance that everyone experiences good health and well-being.