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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Below are a few examples of these investments:
$934,282,561 in Total Funding and Grants
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.
We support innovative efforts to increase nutritious foods, physical activity, economic vitality, safety and wellness in local schools, workplaces and neighborhoods.
As one of the nation’s most productive research institutions, Kaiser Permanente and our research scientists are transforming the future of health.
$12,013,360 in other Community Benefit 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
The following highlight some of the various accomplishments Kaiser Permanente Southern California Community Benefit and our community partners achieved to create healthy communities in 2016:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 256 underserved or at-risk high school students participated in the Summer Youth Employment Program to gain health care work experience.