In The Community // Our Communities

Colorado



Overview

As the state’s largest nonprofit, integrated health care delivery system for 45 years, we’re committed to improving the health of our members and the Colorado communities we serve.  We provide comprehensive health care to more than 624,000+ members through 28 medical offices and a network of affiliated hospitals and physicians. We invest the time, expertise, and resources of 7,000+ Kaiser Permanente Colorado physicians and employees who are focused on making the lives of our members and communities healthier. Because our members, employees, families, friends, and neighbors cannot be healthy if they live, work, and play in unhealthy communities; we’re very intentional about improving the health and vitality of Colorado communities.

We understand that good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. Good health for the entire community requires equity as well as social and economic well-being. To be completely healthy, people need access to healthy and nutritious foods, clean air, successful schools, safe parks and playgrounds. We work hard to meet communities where they are, and to spend time in schools and with local groups, listening to people who are accessing services.

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 changing health care systems. 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’re more resolute than ever to invest and get involved in our communities.

We impact thousands of lives each year through a wide range of programs, partnerships, and assistance to help those in our community, especially the most vulnerable. For many years, we’ve worked collaboratively with community organizations to assess the community’s health needs and resources. Learn more about our community health needs assessment and community benefit strategies.

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.

In 2013, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado (Kaiser Permanente) invested $96 million in community programs and efforts. Review our annual snapshot for highlights of our community impact.

2013 Outcomes at a Glance

  • Invested $96 million in Community Benefit support, partnerships, and programs.
  • Invested $38.7 million to provide 35,575 Coloradans with health care coverage through Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs, as well as our Charitable Health Coverage subsidized health insurance product.
  • Invested $23.5 million in workforce development and advancement, including education and training.
  • Dedicated 8,057 employee hours, which is over $270,000, to community service projects; engaged with more than 100 nonprofit community partners to complete 157 projects.
  • Reached more than one (1) million Coloradans through our public health initiatives with a focus on healthy eating and active living since 2007.
  • Provided 528 programs and activities to over 154,000 Coloradans through our Educational Theatre Programs, investing $1.784 million; served nearly three million people since 1985.
  • Donated more than $452,000 by employees (and gift matching) to over 266 different nonprofit partners through annual employee giving campaign.
  • Partnered with three community health centers to implement the A-L-L (Aspirin, Lisinopril, and Lipid lowering medication) medication protocol with diabetes patients. Over 1,100 Safety Net patients have been prescribed the medication bundle which reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke by up to 60%.