Making Total Community Health a Reality
We are committed to improving the health of our communities. Our work is driven by our conviction that good health is a fundamental right shared by all and by our heritage of prevention and health promotion. To that end, we share our financial resources, research, physicians and clinical practices. But more importantly, we share ourselves. Kaiser Permanente employees generously give their time, talents and passions for the benefit of others.
Why? Because at Kaiser Permanente, we understand that good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. It begins with healthy environments: fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhood stores, successful schools, clean air, accessible parks and safe playgrounds. These are the vital signs of healthy communities. Good health for the entire community requires equity and social and economic well-being.
We are committed to high-quality, affordable, integrated care. So we work closely with community health centers, public hospitals and health departments, supporting their efforts to provide care for the uninsured and underserved with infrastructure, training, grants and equipment. Our own programs also lower financial barriers, providing free and discounted care for the uninsured.
Delivering real benefits to the community also requires accountability. This means we not only share our resources, but also learn from our community partners, deliver on our promises, measure what we are doing, identify what is working and report regularly to the communities we serve.
Together, we can make healthy communities happen.