Health begins and is nurtured where we live, work, and play.
To help the people in our communities get and stay healthy, Kaiser Permanente continues to invest in long-term strategies, programs, and resources that foster healthy environments. We understand to maximize Kaiser Permanente’s impact on the health of the communities we serve, we need to look beyond our medical model to address social factors that affect health. One key strategy is to support the compelling work of our community partners who are deeply committed to improving the lives of the people living in their communities.
Together with our partners, we are able to improve health outcomes and change communities and lives for the better: providing access to care for the uninsured and underinsured, ensuring that there are enough safe routes for kids to walk or bicycle to school, neighborhood grocery stores stocked with fresh produce, and parks and playgrounds that welcome families and enable physical activity.
We are committed to making investments in work that helps to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy good health and well-being. Below are a few examples of these investments:
$732,234,235 in Total Funding and Grants
We work with partners to eliminate health disparities by providing access to quality health care to those with little or no insurance.
Healthier communities begin with providing access to the foods, activity and support vital to an environment where good health can flourish.
From research to uncover disparities in care, to training health care professionals, we’re working to improve the health of our communities.
$14,365,078 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.Close
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.Close
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.Close
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 2015:
- 382,727 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.
- 59,372 people received Medical Financial Assistance to help pay for emergency or medically necessary care.
- 31,000 students from Medi-Cal households have been paperlessly certified for free school meals through a demonstration project in 14 California public school districts. California Food Policy Advocates reported that the increased number of students enrolled in the program was facilitated by data sharing between schools, county, and state agencies.
- 215 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.
- 233,900 adults, teens, and children experienced Educational Theatre performances that helped and inspired them to make healthy choices for themselves and their communities.
- 1,109 active studies were underway, and more than 400 scholarly articles 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.
- 391 medical residents received training focused on preventive and primary care and chronic disease management to better serve a large, culturally diverse community.
- 1,028 health care professionals (nurse practitioners, nurse anesthetists and pharmacy residents) gained valuable training and are working in the community to provide health care.
- 321 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.