Kaiser Permanente’s investments in the San Mateo 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
  • Improve at-risk youth behavior
  • Decrease poor health in aging population
  • Protect victims and their families from domestic violence

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 San Mateo includes:

Total investment Kaiser Permanente made in San Mateo 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 104 free medical procedures for Operation Access, thanks to 118 Kaiser Permanente medical volunteers.
Support for Summer Youth and INROADS internship programs.

Key Partners:

  • Second Harvest Food Bank
  • RotaCare Clinics – Daly City, Half Moon Bay
  • Samaritan House
  • Ravenswood Family Health Center
  • Boys and Girls Clubs
  • Peninsula Family Service Agency
  • Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
  • Friends for Youth

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Vegetables at market

Store makeover promotes healthy eating

“My customers really grabbed them up,” says Vega’s Market and Grill owner, Cristobal Silva, about the chayote (popular in Mexican cooking) and other fresh fruits and vegetables now available in his store. Silva’s market was one of the four markets in Redwood City that local teenagers surveyed and had made-over to promote healthy food options at their local corner stores.

According to Giselle Mendoza, an adult advisor for the San Mateo County Youth Leadership Institute, “we’re expecting to install a refrigerator, which will allow Mr. Silva to keep more fresh vegetables.” The Healthy Neighborhood Stores Network/Las Tienditas Saludables, also known as the corner store conversion project, in Redwood City received a $150,000, two-year HEAL (Healthy Eating, Active Living) Local Partnership grant from Kaiser Permanente.