As the state’s largest not-for-profit health plan, we are committed to improving the health of our members and the Colorado communities we serve. Every day since we opened our doors in Colorado in 1969, we have focused on making the lives of our 535,000+ members healthier. Because our members, employees, physicians, families, friends and neighbors cannot be healthy if they live, work and play in unhealthy communities, we are also intent on improving the health and vitality of Colorado communities.
We invest the time, expertise and resources of 6,000+ Kaiser Permanente Colorado physicians and employees to help address our state’s most pressing health and social concerns. In 2011, Kaiser Permanente Colorado invested $89 million in our community programs and efforts.
The health challenges in Colorado communities today are significant. Uninsured and under-insured rates are still unacceptable. Community clinics that provide the bulk of the care to the uninsured are strained. Health care reform is unfolding and will need to be implemented into the health care system. Obesity rates continue to rise. A shortage of care providers, particularly primary care physicians, specialists and nurses, is still forecasted. And difficult social challenges continue to directly affect health and impact the vibrancy of Colorado communities. Our economic climate means families are faced with difficult decisions about life necessities. Nonprofits and government agencies that provide the bulk of social services are strained. Faced with these facts, we are more resolute than ever to invest and get involved in our communities.
Kaiser Permanente has been serving the Southern Colorado area since 1997 including some overlap into portions of Pueblo County. In 2012, we expanded our services into the Northern Colorado service area, opening new medical offices in the cities of Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, and an administrative office in Loveland.
Some of our efforts in 2011 and 2012 included:
- Re-launching our Charitable Health Coverage program, KPStep, in 2011 with more than 400 low-income, previously uninsured Coloradans, enrolled. We also implemented a website to inform visitors that we accept Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and allow application for those programs and KPStep.
- Providing care to more than 16,000 Coloradans through our state’s Medicaid and CHP+ programs.
- Serving more than 5,200 patients through our Medical Financial Assistance Program.
- Investing more than $1.8 million in safety net organizations and community clinics, the frontline providers of care to the uninsured in our state.
- Supplementing our work with the nonprofit LiveWell Colorado to address our state’s obesity problem, we launched the Weigh and Win program, which provides financial incentives for Coloradans to achieve a healthy weight. 15,000 people enrolled in the first nine months of launching the program and after one year, participants are reporting an average weight loss of 11% or 17 lbs. There are three Weigh and Win sites in Colorado Springs and two in Pueblo.
- Providing free, health education performances and workshops through our Educational Theatre Program and reaching 147,000 children and adults.
- Providing $7.9 million to help train Colorado’s health care workforce through our Graduate Medical Education program.
- Giving thousands of volunteer hours to help nonprofits in 2011. In fact, on the MLK Day of Service our volunteer program had more than 500 employees and family members participating at 24 nonprofit projects and provided more than 3,300 hours of community service.
- Providing a $90,000 donation to support the American Red Cross’ Colorado Wildfire Relief efforts in 2012.
- Refurbishing the GLBT Center’s new Fort Collins location with the help of a Kaiser Permanente volunteer contingent.
- Sponsoring community events such as the United Way of Larimer County’s State of the Community, Larimer County Fair, Loveland Corn Roast, Loveland Community Classic Bike Tour and the Greeley Stampede.
- Working with the Greeley Farmers Market to double the value of the funding through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
- Donating automated external defibrillators to the Greeley Fire Department.
- Working with the Sunrise Community Health Center to implement an innovative medicine regimen to reduce cardiovascular risk for the center’s diabetic patients.