Kaiser Permanente’s investments in the Central Valley community focus on helping low-income and uninsured or underinsured individuals and families. In 2013 we were working to:

  • Increase access to health care and other health-related services
  • Address obesity and overweight
  • Increase chronic disease prevention and management
  • Increase access to basic needs services

As an employer, corporate citizen and nonprofit health plan, we recognize there are many factors that impact health. Our investment in the overall health of the Central Valley includes:

Total investment Kaiser Permanente made in the Central Valley in 2013, through its Community Benefit program and resources.
Emergency room visits (many were supported through our charity care or financial assistance programs).
Students and their families learned how to make healthy choices via a free Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre performance.
Support for Summer Youth and INROADS internship programs.

Key Partners:

  • Golden Valley Health Centers
  • Central Valley Health Network
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus County
  • Stanislaus Multi-Cultural Community Health Coalition
  • Hughson Family Resource Center
  • Sierra Vista Child and Family Services
  • Healthy Aging Association
  • United Way of Stanislaus County

“ It’s a beautiful thing what they’re doing here. I don’t have insurance, so it’s hard for me to go in and get health and dental. People really depend on places like this. You just don’t know how much until you need them.”

Children eating healthy

Feeding the Stomach to Feed the Mind

Through its Food4Thought program the Second Harvest Food Bank in Manteca acknowledges the connection between hunger and success in school: Children who are acting out and not doing well in school are often hungry. The program enrolls children in after-school tutoring and activities eight hours a week. Then twice a month, the students are given a 15- to 18-pound bag of groceries to take home to their families over the weekend, on the days they’re not being fed at school.

Kaiser Permanente provided Food4Thought a $10,000 grant to help families that struggle with putting food on the table each day. Food4Thought was started 15 years ago in San Joaquin County and now has 3,000 students enrolled at 34 sites. Stanislaus County’s program was started almost four years ago and has about 800 students at six sites.