In The Community // Our Communities



At Kaiser Permanente Northwest, we believe healthy communities make for healthy people. Through charitable care, research, grant programs, employee giving, and volunteerism, we continue to make real and lasting changes.

We have five primary program areas:

Care and Coverage for Low-Income People

We create and support programs that allow uninsured children and adults to have access to the medical and dental care we provide.

Programs include Medical Financial Assistance and Project Access NOW

Medical Financial Assistance

Financial Counseling
Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to improve the health of our patients and the communities we serve. If your medical bills are a financial barrier to medically necessary care, our financial counselors can help you apply for federal, state, and local assistance, including:

To request counseling
Please call Membership Services, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday:
All areas………..….1-800-813-2000
Language interpretation services…………..…1-800-324-8010
You will be directed to a financial counselor via telephone or in person at a clinic location near you.

Learn more about our Medical Financial Assistance program.

Safety Net Partnerships

We are committed to building partnerships with the institutions that serve on the front lines of health care for the uninsured and underserved. By providing support to community health centers, public health departments, and community-based organizations providing health services, we work together to address health disparities, expand access and deliver the highest quality health care to the people in our communities.
Programs include our collaboration with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and other safety net partners on clinical quality improvement, oral health, school-based health centers, behavioral health and primary care integration, and the integration of Community Health Workers in community and clinical settings.

Community Health Initiatives

We create and support programs and partnerships that engage communities in working to improve conditions in their neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces.
Programs include our Educational Theatre Program, a partnership with Oregon Children’s Theatre.

Developing and Disseminating Knowledge

We are dedicated to advancing health through research, education, and training. Our Center for Health Research conducts hundreds of health-related studies, and we offer continuing education opportunities to community health care providers.
Learn more about the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. 

Civic Engagement

We cultivate partnerships with like-minded community organizations and provide support to employees who are active in shaping the health of their communities through involvement and volunteerism. We also advocate for public policies that help promote health in our communities.
Learn more about our employee community involvement programs.

All of these initiatives support our belief that by working together, we are so much more than the sum of our parts.