Foundation
for Health

Introduction

We have created a Foundation for Health through the work that we and our many partners have done over many years and continue to do today in communities we serve.

We are committed to helping our members, our workforce, their families and our communities achieve total health through the services we provide and by promoting clinical, educational, environmental and social actions that improve the health of all people.

In the last 10 years on our Community Benefit journey, we have created a solid Foundation for Health. This foundation is a strong base for the future of Total Health. Hear from some of our long-term partners about how together we have worked, and continue to work to open up Access to better health, create Environments that empower better health, and share Knowledge that can lead to better health.

Access

Improving access to health care for historically underserved and marginalized communities is fundamental to our mission at Kaiser Permanente.

Environment

We work to build stronger, healthier communities and to inspire people to be healthier in all aspects of their lives.

Knowledge

We develop important new medical knowledge and share it widely with others. We also work to better understand — and eliminate — health disparities.

Improving access to health care

Improving access to health care for historically underserved and marginalized communities is fundamental to our mission at Kaiser Permanente.

Improving access to health care

Access

Health care should never be out of reach for anyone. Our commitment to provide access to high-quality health care for historically underserved and marginalized communities is a critical component of our community benefit work.

In addition to participating in Medicaid and through our own charitable care and coverage programs, we help support care for our most vulnerable populations. We provide support to community health centers, public hospitals, local health departments and school-based health centers.

Learn more about our reach in 2014 through these highlights:

Providing health coverage for the most vulnerable in our communities

Reducing chronic conditions in underserved communities

Homeless on Skid Row: a safety net partnership

Providing medical financial assistance at critical times

660,240Medicaid and CHIP members served
85,800People served with
Charitable Health Coverage
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$35.8Minvested in Saftey Net
Partnerships
212,328Medical Financial Assistance
approved applications

Building healthier communities

We work to build stronger, healthier communities and to inspire people to be healthier in all aspects of their lives.

Building healthier communities

Environment

We know good health is easier to achieve when people are surrounded by an environment that supports good health. That's why we promote long-term efforts to bring healthy food and physical activity into schools, worksites and neighborhoods, and support access to safe streets and environments to allow all of us to be more active in our communities. It's also why we take a leading role in addressing climate change by increasing our use of solar and wind power, designing sustainable facilities, minimizing waste and pollutants, conserving water and energy and promoting locally grown, sustainably produced food in our hospitals and medical centers.

Learn more about our reach in 2014 through these highlights:

Greening Health Care

Thriving Schools

Making the active choice the easy choice

Inspiring through Educational Theatre

Creating healthy communities through volunteerism

From Hunger to Health: how charitable food programs can help

Green
Power
Generated and consumed
more on-site green power
than any other health
sector organization in
the United States
(according to the EPA
Green Power Partnership's
Top Partner Rankings)
20 medical centers and
regions recognized by
Practice Greenhealth with
environmental excellence
awards
93 Tonsof medical devices diverted
away from landfill by collecting
them for safe reprocessing
750,000youth and adults attended one
or more of our ETP productions
or special events in 2014
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54Farmers markets
$42.6Minvested in Community
Health Initiatives

We share our knowledge

We develop important new medical knowledge and share it widely with others. We also work to better understand - and eliminate - health disparities.

We share our knowledge

Knowledge

At Kaiser Permanente, we develop and disseminate knowledge in a myriad of ways. We train doctors and health care practitioners who work in underserved communities including those whose work extends beyond our membership. We shape policy and practice with evidence and experience through our Institute for Health Policy. We conduct world-class research around the country to study the causes of disease, prevention strategies, new treatments and diagnostic procedures and more effective methods of delivering and financing health care.

We also put our research into practice, creating practical programs that empower people to make smarter choices about diet, exercise and healthy living.

Furthermore, our Kaiser Permanente International program offers a forum for sharing Kaiser Permanente's knowledge and experience with governments, health plans, health care providers and other global organizations that are striving to improve their health care systems.

Learn more about our reach in 2014 through these highlights:

Kaiser Permanente research - contributing to total health

Shaping policy through the Institute for Health Policy

KP International

We are committed to training health professionals who work in underserved communities

$39MCommunity Benefit-funded
medical research
140 investigators within our seven
regional research centers
4,000+Research studies
1,300+ Articles Published
1,200+ Clinical Trials

By the numbers

2014 Community Investments

$206.1M Charitable Health
Coverage
$12.9M Children's Health
Insurance Programs
$305M Medical Financial
Assistance Programs
$907.3M Medicaid
Members
$295M Medicaid
NonMembers
$6.3M Other Government
Funded Programs
$99.6M Health Professions
Training Programs
$21.1M Consumer Health
Education
$39.3M Medical Research
and Libraries
$2.1M Public
Policy
$214.9M Grants and
Donations
$21.5M Payments
To States
$57.6M Other Community
Benefits
$2.189B
Total


Subsidized Care
 

660,240
Members Served by
Medicaid and CHIP
149,500+
Medicaid Nonmembers
Served
85,800
People Served With
Charitable Health Coverage
213,328
Medical Financial Assistance
Applications Approved

Regional Community Benefit Investment
 

$924.4M
Northern California
$759.6M
Southern California
$109.4M
Colorado
$39.1M
Georgia
$41.4M
Hawaii
$81.0M
Mid-Atlantic States
$120.4M
Northwest
$113.4M
National

Research
 

$39M
Community Benefit-Funded
Medical Research
140
Investigators Within Our
Seven Regional Research
Centers
4,000+
Studies
1,300+
Articles Published
1,200+
Clinical Trials

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