Working together to build a healthier community for all of us.

Kaiser Permanente believes when we collaborate and support each other, our work improves the quality of health and life in our communities.

We are dedicated to total health of body, mind, and spirit, and we pursue efforts that broaden access to the highest quality care for people when they need it. We believe all of us deserve to live healthy lives in our homes, our workplaces, and our neighborhoods. That’s why, for more than 70 years, we have worked to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

We accomplish this work in countless ways, from funding knowledge and resource sharing programs that address health disparities to providing assistance with health care costs to people in need. Our commitment is exhibited in the many ways we reach out and work with others to build a healthy future for all.

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Our Community Investments


Download the 2014 Summary of Operations Report

We all deserve to live healthy lives in our homes, workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods.

One of the ways Kaiser Permanente seeks to improve the lives of the communities we serve is through the grants we give to our community partners, such as nonprofit organizations, government entities, and academic institutions. By working together, we can make a difference in promoting thriving communities that produce healthier, happier, more productive people.  

Our investments are focused on changing and improving the environments in which people live, work, learn, and play. We help create programs that provide access to high-quality, affordable health care, healthier foods, and safe, open spaces that promote more physical activity.

Read on to learn more about our Community Benefit programs and how we are working together to make our Southern California communities healthier.

$759,610,494 in Total Funding and Grants

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  • Healthy People


    We work with partners to eliminate health disparities by providing access to quality health care to those with little or no insurance.

  • Healthy Environments


    Healthier communities begin with providing access to the foods, activity and support vital to an enviornment where good health can flourish.

  • Sharing Knowledge


    From research to uncover disparities in care, to training health care professionals, we’re working to improve the health of our communities.

$13,061,826 in other Community Investments

  • 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.

  • Creating a CULTURE of health

    We know that student physical activity and healthy eating have a positive impact on academic and social development.

    Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving community health, and we’ve partnered with leading national organizations on the Thriving Schools initiative – a comprehensive effort to create a culture of health and wellness for students, staff and teachers in K-12 schools.

    Loma Vista Middle School in Riverside, California, has embraced the Thriving Schools program, and everyone – from the principal to the teachers, staff, students, and their families – has been inspired to adopt healthier lifestyles.

  • 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.


Lives Made Better

Here is a snapshot of the many ways in which Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Benefit worked together with our partners to create healthy communities in 2014:

  • 256,679 people received subsidized health coverage. Even after the launch of the Affordable Care Act, there are members of our communities who can’t afford health insurance. Kaiser Permanente helps to provide quality health care coverage for some of the most vulnerable populations in the state.
  • 61,770 people received Medical Financial Assistance to help pay for emergency or medically necessary care.
  • 13,276 community members benefited from free swim lessons, pool passes, or junior life guard for pre-teens and teens training through Operation Splash. The program promotes water safety, provides jobs for junior life guards, and encourages exercise and an active, healthy lifestyle.
  • 216 schools in 27 Districts in Southern California participate in Thriving Schools - part of our ongoing commitment to improve overall health in K – 12 schools and to create school environments where healthy decisions and physical activity are the norm.
  • 217,035 adults, teens, and children experienced Educational Theatre performances that helped and inspired them to make healthy choices for themselves and their communities.
  • 988 active projects were underway, and 360 new studies were published by the Department of Research and Evaluation. The impact of our work goes beyond conference presentations and scholarly publications. It changes clinical practice, transforms care delivery, and improves health.
  • 360 medical residents received training focused on preventive and primary care and chronic disease management to better serve a large, culturally diverse community.
  • 948 health care professionals (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and pharmacy residents) gained valuable training and are working in the community to provide health care.
  • 307 underserved or at-risk high school students received health care work experience through the Summer Youth Employment Program. Many former program participants are now serving our communities, employed as nurses, department administrators, lab technicians, opticians, and engineers.

Leadership message

The power of collaboration

I am pleased to share with you our 2014 “Making Lives Better” report, which offers a glimpse into some of the work we have done together with our partners to make our Southern California communities healthier.

In 2014, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Benefit provided nearly $760 million in support throughout the region and championed a wide array of programs for better health. From expanding access to quality health care for more than 250,000 people, to supporting neighborhoods that make the healthy choice the easy choice, our contributions had a sizable impact on the work to create healthy environments.

We are grateful to our community partners who are focused on serving people who face many challenges in their lives. They see first-hand the barriers that exist for people who are struggling to meet the cost of living, and they are there to provide services and create change through policy and advocacy work. Many of the nonprofit organizations themselves operate with limited resources.

It is an honor to partner with these non-profit organizations by awarding grants, enlisting volunteers, lending our operational and clinical expertise when we can, and supporting their missions in many other ways. Our impact on community health is expanded when we work together, and Kaiser Permanente remains committed to strengthening our existing partnerships and activating new alliances that create better health.