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

  • Improve access to health care and other health-related services
  • Address obesity and overweight
  • Decrease alcohol, tobacco, and drug use
  • Build a sustainable safety net
  • Decrease rates of breast cancer
  • Improve oral health

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 Marin/Sonoma includes:

Total investment Kaiser Permanente made in Marin/Sonoma 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.
Hours spent performing 236 free medical procedures for Operation Access, thanks to 127 Kaiser Permanente medical volunteers.
Support for Summer Youth and INROADS internship programs.

Key Partners:

  • Coastal Health Alliance
  • Petaluma Health Center
  • Santa Rosa Community Health Centers
  • Bay Area Community Resources
  • Novato Youth Center
  • West Marin Senior Services
  • To Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation
  • California Parenting Institute
  • Redwood Community Health Coalition
  • Pediatric Dental Initiative

“ This is an awesome community outreach by Kaiser Permanente. To be able to attend the America’s Cup and learn about sailing and technology is something they wouldn’t normally get to do. And, they are also learning how eating and exercise can help them be the best they can be... something they will carry with them throughout their lives.”

Senior man with physician

Linking People to Health and Social Services

With a grant from Kaiser Permanente, the Petaluma Health Center now offers a drop-in resource clinic where staff refer patients to community-based organizations and help enroll them in public assistance programs. Meeting the social needs of low and middle-income families helps them achieve greater stability and improves their overall health. According to a study commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation improving access to social services for people in need can also boost community health.

The grant to Petaluma Health Center was part of a $660,000 Kaiser Permanente investment in community clinics across Northern California that aims to reach people living in poverty and connect them to a range of available health services.