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 Health 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 Health 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.
$947,772,545 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.
$12,629,543 in other Community Investments
Community Partnerships Help Expand Access to Vital Medical Care
No parent should have to worry whether they can receive medical care for their sick child.
Yet, each year, millions of adults nationwide face the harsh reality of not being able to obtain health care for their children and themselves. Those affected are unable to benefit from even basic medical services that are vital to one’s overall physical, mental, and social health – potentially threatening their development and quality of life.
Low-income adults and families, as well as those who lack, or have limited, health insurance, suffer the most from the immense gap in access to health care. Kaiser Permanente has long been committed to reducing health care disparities and promoting good health in the areas we serve. But we know we can’t do it alone.
To make the most significant impact, we partner with community organizations and other institutions who share a common vision that everyone deserves access to timely health care, and to live a happy, healthy, and productive life.Close
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.Close
Providing Mental Health Care in Watts
More than 50 years ago, Kaiser Permanente took a leading role in caring for the mental health and well-being of the people of Watts and the surrounding communities. In 1967, we opened the Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center (WCLC). The staff at the Center are committed to improving the total health of individuals and their families by providing counseling, outreach and essential educational and mental health services for little or no cost. The WCLC provides a safe, nurturing, healthy environment where kids and their families learn, flourish, and succeed.Close