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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Moments like these happen all the time throughout our programs and countless others like them. If you come across one of these moments, please share it here. It may just be the spark that inspires one more person to get involved.

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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.

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.

But good health involves more than going to the doctor’s office. We also collaborate with others to increase access to fresh, nutritious food; a good education; and safe, green parks to relax and play. Together we work to help make the healthy choice the easy choice – at home, work, and in our schools.

Community clinics serve a critical function  

Impoverished people often must choose between buying food or obtaining medical treatment. The goal of community clinics is to provide high-quality primary care to their patients to stay healthy or manage existing health conditions. These full-service health care facilities serve a critical function, offering free or low-cost services based on the patient’s ability to pay that are uniquely tailored to the diverse communities they serve.

Although many community clinics receive state and federal funding, they are locally organized and managed. Through collaboration, the clinics become better equipped to provide a consistent source of excellent care.

Kaiser Permanente has worked with community clinics for many years to help develop effective ways to improve access to high-quality medical care for the most in need, including:

  • Sharing best practices
  • Implementing referral protocols
  • Providing surgical assistance
  • Offering technical training
  • Contributing financial support

Partnership helps transform East Valley Community Health Center

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Kaiser Permanente Southern California worked with East Valley Community Health Center in West Covina, for example, to help create a beautiful, up-to-date facility. This team effort enabled the clinic to expand their technical, educational, and medical services, as well as to help design a welcoming and comfortable setting for patients.

“Kaiser Permanente helps clinics such as ours provide access to care through robust collaboration and partnerships that allow us to expand patient care and enhance patients’ overall well-being,” said Lelenia Navarro, chief operating officer, East Valley Community Health Center. “Partnership is the core of this relationship. It’s what provides services that our patients might not get any other place. It can be lifesaving for our patients – and that’s invaluable.”