We believe that good health starts where we live, work and play. That’s why Kaiser Permanente invests in the communities we serve. We aim to make real and lasting change. Each year we partner with more than 150 local organizations that are embedded in community health work. It is estimated that this work has affected more than 1 million people in the Northwest Region. We take pride in these collaborations and the opportunity to help build greater health capacity and sustainability in the region. We also take great pride in our regional Kaiser Permanente employees, physicians and dentists, who help improve our communities through their involvement and volunteerism.
Our community benefit efforts are recognized annually by the Portland Business Journal with its award for philanthropic giving. In 2013, our contributions to the Kaiser Permanente Northwest region totaled more than $104 million. This included more than $90 million in care and coverage for low-income people and nearly $9 million for medical education and research. We also gave more than $5 million to support various community health initiatives, safety net partnerships and community events.
Learn more about our regional initiatives through this website and by reading our community annual report. Visit the Northwest News page to see which of our initiatives and programs are making headlines.
We are also proud to share our 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report. The report reflects Kaiser Permanente’s long-standing commitment to working with our partners in the community to address the most urgent health needs in the communities we serve. Conducting these assessments and making them available to the public is also important in meeting new federal requirements outlined in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. We invite you to view the Community Health Needs Assessments for each Kaiser Foundation Hospital, where you can also submit comments.
As part of conducting the Community Health Needs Assessments, we also developed a free, publicly accessible, web-based data platform. This comprehensive set of community health data is intended to be useful to community organizations like yours. Please visit www.chna.org/kp and let us know what you think.