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

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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

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  • Healthy People


    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


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

  • Sharing Knowledge


    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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.