Community Health Impact

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Our status as a mission-driven nonprofit organization sets us apart from other health plans and allows us to live our mission.

We remain dedicated to supporting the full continuum of health and to helping make the healthy choice the easy choice for our members and Coloradans in the communities we serve. Every year is a new opportunity to deliver on our promise because we care about Coloradans’ total health—physical, behavioral, emotional, social, and financial. Read in our Community Benefit & Relations Snapshot how we invested our resources, the types of projects we invested in, as well as some for our achievements.

Here are a few recent examples of our community health impact:

  • Kaiser Permanente Weigh and Win™, Colorado’s free community wellness program, has been helping — and incenting — participants to achieve a healthy weight since 2011. The program has now reached a new milestone, enrolling 100,000 Coloradans across the state. Read more about how Coloradans lost a collective 333,000 pounds through this wellness program.
  • The Athmar Park Neighborhood Association is changing how residents overcome transportation barriers thanks to the support of a $200,000, 2-year grant from Kaiser Permanente Colorado. We awarded four nonprofit organizations $75,000 in 2016, to increase access to safe and accessible mobile routes to neighborhood destinations so more residents would walk, bike, or even wheelchair roll for transportation. The grantees used the funds to build local coalitions, conduct neighborhood assessments of the infrastructure to support active transportation, and develop an active living plan. All grantees — Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, Athmar Park Neighborhood Association, Bike Fort Collins and Localworks — received an additional $200,000, 2-year grant to implement their plans for improving transportation access in their local neighborhoods.
  • Colorado students can breathe easier because we partnered with the Colorado Department of Education to launch a program that helps train school nurses to be better prepared to handle asthmatic episodes. In 2015, we awarded a 3-year, $509,000 grant to the Colorado Department of Education to develop and provide a series of workshops to school nurses to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide better asthma care in schools. The grant supported an asthma care pilot program consisting of 15 nurses from 2 KPCO service areas—SoCO and Denver-Boulder. Evaluation of the pilot program showed nurses significantly improved in confidence, skills demonstration, and 4 key school nurse practice areas. These impressive results were sustained up to 12 months after the training was completed. After the pilot, requests to offer the training to additional districts and at statewide conferences resulted in more than 100 Colorado nurses receiving the training in just under 3 years. View the short video.
  • A new report highlights the healthiest communities in the U.S. — the top 3 healthiest communities are all in Kaiser Permanente’s service area. These include Falls Church, Virginia, and Douglas and Broomfield counties, Colorado. We recognize that where a person lives, works, and plays has a big impact on his or her health. We are proud to see that the 65 million people living in communities we serve are among the healthiest in the nation. Our progress is a result of collaboration with community partners and leaders in neighborhoods, schools, health systems and workplaces to build hands-on programs, change physical environments, advance policy initiatives, and further education to create healthier individuals and communities.
  • In 2017, Americans for the Arts announced us as one of the year’s BCA 10 honorees: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America. Annually companies nationwide are honored for their exceptional commitment to the arts. “We’re honored to have been nominated by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts to receive this national recognition from Americans for the Arts,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “We’re proud to support the creative and cultural arts communities in this state which are pivotal to health and healing.”

2017 Outcomes at a Glance

2016 Outcomes at a Glance

Our prescription for total health begins with increasing access to affordable, high-quality health care and includes access to nutritious food, physical activity, thriving schools, and a healthy environment. We work hard to engage our local organizations, schools, and partners through community service, board placement, sharing knowledge and resources, and making connections to other funders and partners.

  • Here are some examples of how we invested in our communities:
  • $70 million to provide 63,142 Coloradans with health care coverage through Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and charitable coverage programs
  • $25 million to help 49,711 member and nonmember patients pay for their medical expenses
  • $554,000 with safety net partnerships to reach the most vulnerable Coloradans including providing specialty care access with Kaiser Permanente specialists
  • $2 million in the Arts Integrated Resources (AIR) Programs to inspire smart choices and promote better emotional health; the AIR team offered 802 programs, reaching nearly 129,000 youth and 10,000 adults free of charge
  • $2.59 million to conduct world-class scientific research
  • $5.89 million to groom and educate health care professionals
  • $709,845 to increase access to food and reduce hunger in our state
  • $1.04 million to decrease health disparities
  • $300,00 to support neighborhood focused active living initiatives in partnership with Athmar Park Neighborhood Association, Bike Fort Collins, Local Works, and Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • $1.095 million donated by employees (includes company match funds) during an annual employee giving campaign to 507 nonprofits
  • 9,750 community service hours performed at 366 volunteer projects serving 300 nonprofits

View the Kaiser Permanente Colorado 2016 Community Benefit & Relations Annual Snapshot , a report detailing our commitment to improving lives, health, the environment, knowledge, and communities. The snapshot highlights the $118 million investment in 2016, and how the organization supports people, partners, and community health initiatives.

2015 Outcomes at a Glance

  • In 2015, invested $124 million to improve the health of Coloradans. This includes $10 million directed through a donor advised fund with The Denver Foundation. View the complete 2015 snapshot.
  • We supported 600 community change strategies affecting 530,000 Coloradans, which includes 156,000 children, through community-based interventions in neighborhoods, worksites, and health clinics.
  • Here are some examples of how we invested in our communities:
  • $95 million to provide 57,400 Coloradans with health care through Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and charitable coverage programs
  • 643,000 with safety net partnerships to reach the most vulnerable Coloradans; this includes providing specialty care access with Kaiser Permanente specialists
  • $1.660 million in the Arts Integrated Resources (AIR) Programs to inspire smart choices and promote better emotional health in youth; the AIR team offered 822 programs, reaching 160,700 youth and 22,445 adults free of charge
  • $504,500 to conduct world-class scientific research
  • $9.9 million to groom and educate health care professionals and $474,800 in Community Colleges to encourage health care careers
  • $2 million to increase access to food and reduce hunger in our state; collaborating with Hunger Free Colorado, Care and Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado, Fresh Food Financing Fund, Veterans to Farmers, and Denver Botanic Gardens Community Supported Agriculture, we saw a 57.5% increase in referrals to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs
  • $1.427 million in LiveWell Colorado to fund community coalitions, advance policy, increase public advocacy for healthy Eating Active Living, and increase awareness of obesity
  • $922,800 to decrease health disparities in partnership with Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Colorado Rural Health Center, ClinicNet, Servicios De La Raza, Kids First Health Care
  • $1.15 million in pediatric behavioral health and social/emotional well-being in partnership with Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (LAUNCH) Together and Community Partnership for Child Development
  • 8,960 community service hours performed at 309 volunteer projects serving 231 nonprofits
  • $841,695 donated by employees and company match during an annual employee giving campaign, an overall increase of 34%

e-version imageView the Kaiser Permanente Colorado 2015 annual Community Benefit & Relations Snapshot. The snapshot highlights the $124 million investment in 2015. View the complete 2015 snapshot.




Our Community Stories – video storytelling challenge

“Our Community Stories” offers nonprofit partners a chance to showcase their work and receive additional grant communication funding.

After recognizing the need to support grant partners with communications, Kaiser Permanente launched a unique storytelling grant project to provide eligible nonprofit partners with the tools and resources required to tell their authentic stories though video. Successful completion of the storytelling challenge resulted in additional communication grantfunding for partners.

“This video storytelling challenge presents a unique opportunity for our nonprofit partners to educate and inform the community at large about the important work they are doing to improve health,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government and external relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “Participating organizations can now share their video stories online and through social media—something that’s increasingly important for nonprofit organizations in the digital age.”

Now in its third year, Kaiser Permanente’s storytelling challenge, called “Our Community Stories”, engaged eight community partners along the Front Range in creating a video that showcases how their work is creating a healthier Colorado. Each community partner set out with a camera, a tripod and a microphone to document their stories. Their journeys included planning video shoots, conducting interviews, and providing feedback on the editing process. Kaiser Permanente provided the video production tools, technical support, editing services and guidance through the filming process.

“So many nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado are doing tremendously impactful work. But sometimes their efforts go unnoticed,” said Maureen McDonald, senior director of community benefit and relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “This video storytelling challenge is a perfect way for us to work hand-in-hand with Colorado nonprofits to shine a light on their great work and help share their stories.”

View the videos from the 2015 and 2016 challenges.


View the 2014 Community Benefit and Relations snapshot.

The report highlights the $109 million investment in 2014, and how the organization supports people, partners, and community health initiatives.


2014 Outcomes at a Glance

  • $109 million invested in Community Benefit support, partnerships, and programs
  • 55,000 Coloradans provided health care through Medicaid, Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) and charitable health coverage programs with a $61 million investment
  • 215,000 students received workforce development and advancement education and training from a $5.7 million investment
  • 7,500 employee hours dedicated to community service projects, engaging more than 175 nonprofit community partners to complete 227 projects
  • 600,000 individuals reached through a $1.2 million investments in safe, active transportation
  • 27 school districts reached over 300,000 students from an investment of $2.2 million
  • Healthy behaviors promoted through youth engagement and educational theater in 180 schools, inspiring 164,000 youth and adults
  • 430,000 students reached through $295,000 invested in educational programs and drug abuse prevention

Thriving Schools

We’re focused on providing school support focused on students, staff, teachers, and our communities. This support directly addresses the health factors and behaviors that influence school performance and academic achievement which ultimately shape kids futures. Check out these Thriving Schools resources for schools and districts throughout Colorado:

  • Arts Integrated Resources
    Performances and workshops in schools that emphasize healthy eating, active living, stress relief and positive school climate. To schedule a program, call Rhonda Hoover at 303-789-7143 or email
    (Offered to schools in Kaiser Permanente service areas, based on availability.)
  • Health Works
    Technical support and programs to promote employee health, wellness and engagement. For Health Works information, contact Iffie Jennings at or 303-614-1114 (Available to school districts with Kaiser Permanente medical coverage.)
  • College and Career Readiness
    Through career fairs, high school internships, and higher education scholarships we support vulnerable youth who are interested in health care careers.
  • Community Service
    Employees perform community service on paid time to maintain school gardens and support Walk to School events.
  • Philanthropic Investments
    We awarded $1.5 million in behavioral health grants to increase access to mental health and wellness programs. Five Colorado school districts will use the funds to help teachers and staff learn how to identify and deal with mental health needs in students and themselves.

Fact Sheets

View our fact sheets to learn more about our community impact: