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Safe Routes to School

At Kaiser Permanente, we believe good health belongs to everyone. That’s why we are asking you to join parents and children around the world in supporting International Walk to School Day.

Safe Routes to School is an international movement to create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle or walk to school.

Today, approximately 33 percent of American children are now overweight or obese.  While individual motivation for behavior change is important, it’s critical that we structure our environments to make healthy behavior easy.  Safe Routes to School programs do exactly that by improving walking and biking conditions on routes to school, and enabling and encouraging children to use them.

Kaiser Permanente supports Safe Routes programs as part of our Healthy Eating Active Living initiative.

Click here to learn about Kaiser Permanente’s work to make communities healthier.

  

Participant Feedback

 

“This summit left me feeling so proud to be working for Kaiser Permanente.  I am more focused, motivated and inspired to do better.  Thanks to everyone involved for investing in your most valuable asset your workforce.”  


“I was inspired to push for more discussion around what transformational leadership looks like for my business area.”


“I will definitely be bolder and more deliberate about talking about central role that Community Benefit plays in our mission.”


“I will think harder about the data we have and how it can be used to address the needs of our communities and the newly insured.”


“Everything on the agenda was content rich and inspirational.  It was obvious that a great deal of thought and preparation had gone into the meeting.”


“The perspective, importance, influence, and needs of the newly insured will influence how I approach both work and personal decisions.  It was all very compelling.”


“I thought it was terrific to see leadership from every area of KP fully engaged and unified around their vision for Community Benefit. Their visibility and participation throughout the conference demonstrated their commitment.”  


“Going forward, I will think about my work in the context of how it will affect non-Kp members, especially our newer populations and our communities.” 


“The immersion experience gave me such a different perspective on the newly insured and the challenges they face.  It was enlightening and the ensuing discussion was so important.”  


“I plan to work more closely with our pediatric group to deliver different models of care to reach disparate populations.”  


“The food was amazing by the far the healthiest food I’ve had at a conference.  Kudos on banning sugar-sweetened beverages.  I also appreciated the green efforts.  It all took a lot of thought. Walking the talk is truly important.”  


“I can now see definitely need to build stronger partnerships with the community clinics in my area.”


“I am now better equipped to support new members that come to us through Health Reform.”  


“Having the opportunity to meet, engage, and learn from partners in other regions was great and left me feeling part of the larger team.”


“KP’s social mission and commitment to ensure Community Benefit lives throughout our organization was terrific.  I left feeling impressed and inspired by each of our leaders.”  


“I believe CB needs to step away from preaching to the choir and really try to leverage our relevance and importance and value to the broader audience that doesn’t fully understand Community Benefit work.”  


“I have always put the member first but this meeting reinforced for me why we do what we do at KP.”


“I will think about my work in context of how it will affect non-KP members, especially our newer populations and communities.” 


“I plan to track more closely what other regions are doing at a grassroots level to identify best practices.”


“I did not want The Community Benefit Summit to end! The agenda was superb and well-paced using different techniques and styles to engage, communicate, inspire, and challenge.  I didn’t leave the meeting behind when I went home. I found myself telling others about different aspects, pulling out my notebook to share some facts, and also trying to figure out what I can do to address issues but also hoping that there is a way for individuals to continue to be engaged in an organized way with this work.”

  

2010 Community Benefit Summit

Community Benefit Summit Embraces the Challenges and Opportunities of Health Reform

 

More than 300 Kaiser Permanente employees and physicians from across the country, most of whom spend a major part of their work lives supporting initiatives for low-income populations, came together Oct. 21-22 in San Francisco for the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Summit to reaffirm their mission to make a measurable impact on the health of the communities we serve, with the end goal of eliminating health disparities.

Kaiser Permanente’s senior leadership, who participated throughout the event, urged the gathering to demonstrate what Ray Baxter, senior vice president for Community Benefit, Research and Public Policy, termed transformational leadership by embracing the challenges and opportunities of health care reform to promote a culture of prevention and universal coverage and to be a loud and credible voice for equity.

This is the moment we’ve been waiting 60 years for, declared Sharon Levine, MD, associate executive director of The Permanente Medical Group, referring to Kaiser Permanente’s long crusade to bring about universal access to quality health care.  During those six decades, Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit efforts to meet the needs of underserved populations through charity care, subsidized coverage, partnerships with the healthcare safetynet and community-based prevention programs have left the organization better positioned than any health care organization in the nation to succeed in the reformed marketplace and to serve as a national model for shaping the future of health care.

We invite you to share in the inspiring words and deeds presented in the course of the Summit through the videos and other materials assembled here.

 


Presentations
Day 1: October 21, 2010

 

Health Care Reform 2010


Sharon Levine



[PDF 45.6 KB] kpnet 

Leveraging Our Assets to Build Healthy Communities

Raymond J. Baxter, PhD



[PDF 2.18 MB] kpnet

     

 

The Newly Insured

Susan Fleischman, MD


[PDF 221 KB] kpnet

Benefiting the Community in Hard Times

John August



[PDF 478 KB] kpnet

   

Providing Care to the Newly Insured: The Role of KP Research

John Steiner, MD, MPH


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Day 2: October 22, 2010

 

Benefiting the Community in Hard Times

David Satcher, MD, PhD



[PDF 1.07 MB] kpnet

Building the Movement: Partnership and Action

Judith Bell



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Healthy Wealthy and Wise: Kaiser Permanente and the Future of Total Community Health

Tyler Norris



[PDF 3.04 MB] kpnet

 

 

  

Northern California

Region Overview

As a health care provider with a longstanding commitment to prevention and quality care, our work in the community is focused on getting better health outcomes for more people. More than a funder, we work side-by-side with our community partners, providing technical assistance and sharing our clinical experience and expertise. Learn more about us

Find out how we are making lives better in our new 2011 Kaiser Permanente in the Community Annual Report

  

Community Events

Mayor Newsom’s Shape Up SF Walking Challenge

Kaiser Permanente is a sponsor of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Shape Up SF Walking Challenge. Create or join a team and record and track your “miles” online after walking, running, dancing, swimming, biking, or whatever you do to stay active over the course of the 10-week program. These miles will collectively go toward reaching the challenge’s goal of 1,016 miles, the same distance as the California coastline.
More Information/Registration: www.ShapeUpSFWalkingChallenge.org.

 

Points of Light & Hands On Network Community Opportunities

You can build a better world, starting right in your own backyard. Kaiser Permanente partners with Points of Light & Hands On Network to offer volunteer opportunities on local nonprofit projects for both employees and members of the community. This national clearing-house of volunteer opportunities puts people at the center of community problem solving. Find out how you can get started.

  

General Purpose Resources

Kaiser Permanente’s health encyclopedia

Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit fact sheet

Care and Coverage fact sheet

Community Health Initiatives fact sheet

Developing and Disseminating Knowledge fact sheet

Institute for Health Policy fact sheet

Safety Net Partnerships fact sheet

2007 Community Benefit Report to the Board of Directors Not available to public subscribers.

2006 Community Benefit Report to the Board of Directors Not available to public subscribers.

 

Community Benefit Brand Resources

Community Benefit Voice Guidelines Not available to public subscribers.

Together masterheader – jpg header for documents Not available to public subscribers.

Together Powerpoint Presentation template Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Community Health Initiatives Presentation template Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Develop and Disseminate Knowledge Presentation template Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Care and Coverage Presentation template Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Safety Net Presentation template Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Together Poster Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Together Collage Poster Not available to public subscribers.

CHI Award template Not available to public subscribers.

Post-It notes template Not available to public subscribers.

Seed Packets template Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Photography batch 1 Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Photography batch 2 Not available to public subscribers.

Community Benefit Photography batch 3 Not available to public subscribers.

Spread Joy Holiday e-card template Not available to public subscribers.

Spread Love Holiday e-card template Not available to public subscribers.

Spread Hope Holiday e-card template Not available to public subscribers.

Spread Peace Holiday e-card template Not available to public subscribers.

Spread Cheer Holiday e-card template Not available to public subscribers.

 

Environmental Stewardship Toolkit

Environmental Stewardship fact sheet

Environmental Stewardship executive summary Not available to public subscribers.

Environmental Stewardship Strategies, Principles and Guidelines Not available to public subscribers.

Environmental Stewardship FAQs Not available to public subscribers.

Environmental Stewardship talking points Not available to public subscribers.

Environmental Stewardship proof points Not available to public subscribers.

Not available to public subscribers.

  

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Navigating by heart

Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services, and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

2009 marked one of the most challenging years for millions of Americans.  In response, we expanded our Community Benefit support in this time of need.  That’s where our hearts took us, and it was the right place to be.

We hope that this report will help you learn more about our programs, the impact they had on our communities last year and our continued efforts as we move forward.

2009 Community Benefit Annual Report


View the report

 

Previous reports:


2008 Community Benefit Annual Report


Download sections of the 2008 Community Benefit Annual Report:

 

 

2007 Community Benefit Annual Report

 

2006 Community Benefit Annual Report 

  

Partners

Every day we work to improve the health of our communities. But we can’t do it alone. To make lasting changes we rely on highly valued partnerships with policy makers, grassroots neighborhood organizations and community activists, universities, and medical researchers, as well as national philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. Together we work toward a common goal: to improve the health of all.

National Partners



Government Agencies



Philanthropic & Nonprofit Organization



Regional Partners