Kaiser Permanente’s investments in the South Bay 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 rates and overweight
  • Decrease violence and substance abuse

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 South Bay includes:

Total investment Kaiser Permanente made in South Bay 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:

  • Community Health Partnership of Santa Clara County, Inc.
  • Asian Americans for Community Involvement
  • Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo
  • Valley Medical Center Foundation
  • Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative
  • Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
  • Community Alliance with Family Farmer’s Foundation Rebekah Children’s Services

“It’s incredible,”

“Kaiser Permanente has worked with us on many health programs at the school but this work is just a huge boost for Ryan Elementary here in East San Jose.”

Child with bowl of sliced zucchini

Walking and eating like our furry friends to get healthy

Children and families learned to “Eat Like a Lemur” at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, thanks to a $50,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente South Bay. The Lemur campaign emphasized healthy eating in the Picnic Basket café and debuted colorful, positive messaging and graphics to encourage families to choose healthier options.

Refrigerator cases formerly filled with soda were reorganized to highlight low- and no-sugar drinks. Sugary options at the fountain dispenser and vending machines were also reduced, resulting in a 30 percent increase in bottled water sales. New additions also included hummus dippers, salads and a grab-and-go fruit cart. Happy Hollow’s Assistant Manager, Shannon Heimer, commented on the success of the changes, saying “We sell out daily and that makes it worthwhile.”

Staying true to a Lemur’s active lifestyle, the park also incorporated activity prompts around the park with a “10,000 steps through the zoo” walking map and Senior Safari days where a few hundred older adults get free access monthly to the smooth walking paths and participate in Tai Chi and hula hooping. Over 300,000 youth and families have been able to enjoy these new changes in the last year.