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$934,282,561 in Total Funding and Grants

Kaiser Permanente has provided high-quality health care to our members and communities for more than 70 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

$858,963,153
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.

The lack of access to high quality health care for the uninsured or underinsured is a major social concern. Community Benefit 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.

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 (including Child Health Program)
  • Medi-Cal Subsidies
  • Care & Coverage Grants & Donations
  • Community Clinics, Health Centers and Public Hospitals Grants & Donations

2016 Healthy People Highlights

415,698

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

109,023

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.

40,000

students from Medi-Cal households became certified for free school meals through a demonstration project in 14 California public school districts. California Food Policy Advocates reported that data sharing between schools and county and state agencies increased student enrollment in the program.

Healthy Environment

$5,194,520
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
  • HEAL Zones
  • HEAL Cities Campaign
  • Community Health Initiatives Grants & Donations

2016 Healthy Environment Highlights

180

schools in 24 Districts in Southern California participated in the Thriving Schools program – part of our ongoing commitment to improve community health by partnering with national organizations to enhance school meal nutrition and increase opportunities for physical activity.

225,534

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

$58,111,528
As one of the nation’s most productive research institutions, Kaiser Permanente and our research scientists are transforming the future of health.

One of the ways our Community Benefit 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.

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

  • Educational Theatre
  • Medical Research
  • Graduate Medical Education
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME)
  • Nurse Practitioner & Other Nurse Training Programs
  • Other Health Care Professional Training Programs (including anesthesia, pharmacy, physical therapy, radiology tech, and clinical psychology)
  • Health Education Grants & Donations
  • Health Care Professional Grants & Donations (including allied health and nurse education, training, and scholarships)

2016 Sharing Knowledge Highlights

990

studies were undertaken and more than 400 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.

407

medical residents from throughout the country and the world received training in our medical centers, focusing on preventive and primary care and chronic disease management to better serve culturally diverse communities.

256

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

1,028

health care professionals (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists, and pharmacy residents) received free training to enhance their professional skills, thanks to Kaiser Permanente and the Southern California Department of Professional Education.

Other Community Investments

$12,013,360
invested in the insurance that everyone experiences good health and well-being.

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 and INROADS Internship Programs
  • Community Giving Program
  • Community Benefit Operations
  • Other Nonprofit Organizations Grants & Donations

$934,282,561 in Total Funding and Grants

Healthy People
$858,963,153

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.

Healthy Environments
$5,194,520

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

Sharing Knowledge
$58,111,528

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

Other Community Health Investments
$12,013,360

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