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

  • Increase access to high quality health care and services
  • Increase healthy eating and active living
  • Ensure safe and healthy living environments
  • Address broader health care delivery system needs, such as research and workforce development
Total investment Kaiser Permanente made in San Francisco in 2013, through its Community Benefit program and resources.
Emergency room visits (many of which benefitted from our charity care or financial assistance programs).
People insured through Healthy San Francisco, a program supported by Kaiser Permanente.
Students and their families learned how to make healthy choices via a free Educational Theatre performance.
Hours spent performing 124 free medical procedures for Operation Access, thanks to 163 Kaiser Permanente medical volunteers.
Support for Summer Youth and INROADS internship programs.

Key Partners:

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • San Francisco Unified School District
  • Shape Up San Francisco Coalition
  • YMCA of San Francisco
  • Huckleberry Youth Programs
  • SF Community Clinic Consortium: Curry Senior Center, Mission Neighborhood Health Center
  • Shanti
  • Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

“What Kaiser has done is really ground-breaking, and the results speak for themselves.”

Two young men talking

Quiet Time Reduces Bullying, Improves Academic Performance

"The root cause of violence is stress," says Laurent Valosek, executive director of the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education, which created the Quiet Time program and now administers it in four schools in San Francisco. "Our approach to violence, bullying, and anger works because it addresses this root cause."

Recognizing the success of Quiet Time, Kaiser Permanente San Francisco awarded a Community Benefit grant to expand Visitacion Valley Middle School's efforts to reduce bullying and violence. The Community Benefit Advisory Committee was impressed with the Quiet Time program because it had documented results.

"We were looking for evidence-based strategies and this program stood out because they have strong quantitative data that shows that it works," says Jim Illig, Community Benefit Manager. The school's test scores and graduation rates have also increased markedly since implementation of Quiet Time.