Making Lives Better

Total Community Investment:
$924 million

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In a country where 50% of people suffer from a preventable, chronic disease—Kaiser Permanente leads the way in helping people stay well.  Here’s how we promote health in Northern California communities:

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The majority of our community investments help people get access to health care and services they might not otherwise receive. In 2014 we provided:

Nearly 900,000 health care visits health care visits in our Emergency Departments, which are open to all regardless of membership status or ability to pay.

260,000low-income people with reduced-cost health care, including children who didn’t qualify for government programs.

61,500+medical financial assistance awards to help low-income people.

298 grants to support community health centers, public health agencies and organizations that provide health care and non-medical health services.


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We provided grants to 514 organizations that are building healthy, safe environments to support healthy choices.

$11.5 million for programs reaching more than 500+ schools.

12.5 million minutes of physical activity achieved through Fire Up Your Feet—a program made possible by our Thriving Schools investments.

107,000+ people now have better access to nutritious food and physical activity programs.

10,000+ hours provided by 1,000+ Kaiser Permanente volunteers to restore dozens of community sites.

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We provide education and training programs and invest in helping young people succeed in school. We also conduct research to inform health care services and share our expertise with community partners.

$66 million in workforce training programs, health research and grants to 88 organizations.

1,800+ interns, residents, fellows and allied health professionals received training.

200+ youth explored health careers via paid internships.

240+ hours of expertise was provided to community organizations at our 2nd Annual Taproot Pro-Bono Marathon.


We provided nearly $61 million in grants and donations to more than 1,000 organizations.

Below are a few highlights from our grant programs:




(Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes Everyday): We developed this life-saving program in 2006 and now share it with community health centers to reach more people.

  • 60% reduction in heart attacks and strokes among our own members.
  • 73,000 people served by 50 community health organizations now use this approach.
  • $5.25 million in funding provided to 17 organizations in 2014 to spread population-based care, including PHASE, even further.

Safety Net Care 

We invest in strengthening the network of community clinics, public hospitals and health systems that provide health care to vulnerable populations.

  • 3,650+ days—more than a decade—we’ve worked in partnership with community health organizations.
  • Our support has helped community health centers meet Affordable Care Act requirements and provide care to growing numbers of insured patients.
  • $1.6 Million provided in 2014 to eight health center consortia serving dozens of clinic sites.

211 Services

When people need help this three-digit telephone number connects them with a wide range of community services. With our support, referral specialists in 13 Bay Area counties help people find health care, food, clothing, and shelter. 

  • 24/7: The system is available any time, any day of the week.
  • $500,000 in grants we provided in 2014 to 11 organizations support 211 services.
  • $1.5 million: the support we’ve provided since 2009.


(Healthy Eating Active Living): To lower the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes, and promote vibrant, healthy communities Kaiser Permanente developed the HEAL program in 2004.

  • 49,085+ people now have access to exercise in community settings such as parks, walking and biking paths, and Zumba® classes.
  • 44,825+ people now have better access to fresh produce and fresh water.
  • 500+ organizations received a total of $12 million HEAL-related grants from us in 2014.

Thriving Schools

With free resources that are available to any K-12 school, and deeper support for schools most in need, our vision is to create a culture of wellness for students, staff and teachers.

  • $2.3 million in 2014 for schools and organizations that provide programs in schools.
  • 2,000 coaches are bringing quality sports programs to 20,000 low income students.
  • 506 schools received health education via our Educational Theatre program.


(Youth & Trauma Informed Care): This program aims to prevent violence and promote healing among trauma survivors.

  • $1 million was provided in 2014 to 20 organizations.
  • 3,190+ youth received services including counseling, family engagement and mentoring.
  • 129 care providers, teachers, school staff and others who work with youth received Trauma Informed Care training.


As a non-profit health organization, Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to community health is essential to our mission.


Health Needs

Click on the sections below to see how we are working with other organizations to address some of Northern California’s most pressing health needs.

Even with its Universal Health Program, 1 in 8 people in San Francisco experience delays or difficulties in obtaining medical care.

  • With our support, HealthRIGHT 360 will purchase and renovate a new healthcare campus to provide easier access to the 50,000 clients served by this family of programs.
  • 298 women received care navigation services including weekly case management and appointment accompaniment through our support of the Shanti Project.
  • $3 million in support from Kaiser Permanente will help HOPE SF expand access to care via wellness centers and peer health leaders that will serve residents living in 5,000 public housing units.
  • 2,043 patients received charity care emergency services in our San Francisco Emergency Department, which is open to all.

Almost half of the people in Roseville’s communities live in a medically underserved area with a shortage of community health providers.

  • Our support helped Seniors First provide free, reliable transportation to 668 at-risk people of all ages including seniors, disabled, and uninsured clients to their non-emergency medical appointments.
  • 200 people received 479 medical care visits and 226 prescriptions through our partnership with The Gathering Inn.
  • Our partnership with Chapa-De Indian Health Program will allow them to increase their clinical capacity to serve nearly 23,000 patients.
  • Our Roseville Emergency Department—which is open to all—experienced 73,940 visits, many of which were supported by our charity care and financial assistance programs.

1 in 3 people in Modesto and Manteca communities suffer from being overweight or obese.

  • 400,000 people received fresh fruits and vegetables thanks, in part, to our support of United Samaritans Foundation’s mobile free food delivery unit.
  • Our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank helped more than 3,845 low income children receive 15-18 pounds of supplemental groceries, including seven or eight pounds of fresh produce twice a month, at 39 after-school program sites in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.

1 in 3 children in Antioch and Walnut Creek communities are overweight or obese and half do not eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Over 60% of adults and 40% of children in Sacramento’s communities are overweight or obese, 40% of youth are physically inactive.

  • Our support helped 168 students get physical education at Del Paso Height Elementary School as part of the Mutual Assistance Network pilot program.
  • Through our Thriving Schools work five San Juan Unified School District schools got involved in the national Fire up Your Feet program to increase physical activity for students, staff and families.
  • 1,200+ people learned how to cook healthy food through our partnership with Soil Born Farms.

Nearly 1 in 3 children in San Jose and Santa Clara communities are overweight or obese.

  • Through our partnership with the NHL Sharks, the “Stick to Fitness” program targets 3,000 students in 10 schools with a 5-week, intensive healthy lifestyle curriculum.
  • Our support of the Community Alliance of Family Farmers Harvest of the Month program taught 800 students and cafeteria staff how to prepare locally-sourced produce, reaching a total of 7,305 people with healthy meals.

In 2014 our South Sacramento Emergency Department treated 1,350+ intentional injuries--almost half were experienced by youth under the age of 26.  We believe violence is preventable.

  • On April 26, more than 70 Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff participated in the ReIMAGINE Mack Road day of service to build safe places for community residents to be active.
  • 10,510 residents attended over 41 nights at Sacramento Summer Night Lights, crime reduced significantly and there were no homicides in the Mack Road area over the summer for the first time in 15 years. In addition, 12 youth were employed full-time over the summer.
  • 34 injured youth received comprehensive case management and counseling, as well as referrals to care providers and other services, through our Sacramento Violence Intervention Program partnership with WellSpace Health.
  • 350 school personnel and community services providers in South Sacramento and Elk Grove received training about trauma informed care.

15% of residents in Fremont and Hayward communities report having poor mental health. With our support:

1 in 6 adults in Redwood City and South San Francisco communities report needing mental/behavioral health services.

  • 100% of clients who disclosed mental health issues have received mental health services through support of the Samaritan House Safe Harbor Shelter.
  • 100+ homeless people were provided emergency shelter and supportive mental health services. 57% developed a housing plan through the San Mateo County Mental Health Association.
  • 500+ youth received counseling/treatment for mental health issues and/or substance abuse through our support of Adolescent Counseling Services and STARVista60% of participants at STARVista showed progress towards an identified treatment goal and 60% showed improvement in decision-making and relationship skills.

There's a high percentage of Sonoma County adults who lack a high school diploma—as much as 46% in some areas; 56% of adults living in Marin's Canal neighborhoods have incomes that are lower than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level—nearly double the statewide percentage.

  • We invested $150,000 to support 42 students in the Sonoma County Health Career Academy that prepares its students for careers that will lead to economic independence.
  • Students got 6,720 hours of hands on experience working in our Santa Rosa and San Rafael offices and medical facilities thanks to our Summer Youth Employment and INROADS programs.

About 16% of adults in Vallejo and Vacaville communities lack a high school diploma, 16% of children live in poverty.

  • Nearly 420 students have participated in an academic enrichment program with 2B Successful Youth that strengthens students in math, science, reading and technology.
  • 180 Latino youth have received workforce development and leadership training through hands-on experiences and college-readiness support with On the Move’s Project LEEP.
  • College and high school interns got 3,840 hours of hands on experience in our Vallejo and Vacaville offices and medical facilities, thanks to our Summer Youth Employment and INROADS programs.

1 in 6 people in Richmond and Oakland communities have asthma. With our support:

  • Prescott Joseph Center’s Breathmobile® in helped 205 students be treated for asthma, reducing their collective school absences from 322 to 27.
  • The program also reduced emergency room visits from 120 to 6 and hospitalizations from 114 to zero—saving an estimated $2,005,325 in health care costs.

Nearly 1 in 3 children in Fresno’s communities have asthma. With our support:

  • Fresno Unified School District’s work with the American Lung Association to provide Open Airways training and Kickin’ Asthma to RNs will expand the program’s reach with 4-8 new trainers.
  • The program will also provide asthma management workshops to K-6 classroom teachers, and parent workshops at 15 elementary and middle schools considered air pollution “hot spots.”



More than Medical Care

Learn how school based health centers change lives.

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Saying No to Bullying

See how one program is making a difference.

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Giving Seniors Hope

Hear how one man got his life back.

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Tough Issues Take Teamwork

Learn how working together just works.

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Culture Shift Helps Youth Heal

What happens when a teacher discovers that a student has stolen her car keys, cell phone and other valuables?  Before a training on trauma-informed care, one teacher said she would have had the student arrested.  But with new knowledge about the impact of trauma on youth, the teacher instead requested a “restorative justice circle” that provided wrap around support services to the student.  The result?  Instead of being suspended, the student got the assistance needed to find a job. 

“We’re working with adults around campus to respond to particularly challenging behaviors in ways that foster learning new skills and capacities. As someone who has spent my entire adult life in a school building—that is a profound shift.”

—A staff member from the James Morehouse Project, an organization that received support through our Youth & Trauma Informed Care grants program.

Educational Theatre

With school assemblies, family workshops and community appearances, our Educational Theatre reached more than 297,000 people with health education.

Was there a lasting impact?  In El Sobrante one school experienced a 666% increase in students participating in Walk & Roll to School Day after “The Best Me,” a Healthy Eating Active Living program. The majority of students who saw a performance in 2014 said they learned about:

  • Healthy screen time limits and benefits of moving 60 minutes each day
  • Benefits of choosing water over sugary drinks
  • Value of filling half of their meal-time plates with fruits and vegetables

A teacher in Oakland said that after a “Peace Signs” conflict resolution program she witnessed students, “stopping to think about their actions before reacting, just like the characters in the show.”


We invested $924 MILLION in 2014:

  • $830 million
  • Charity Care & Coverage
  • Unreimbursed Medi-Cal
  • Safety Net Providers
  • Non-Medical Services
  • $18 million
    Healthy Environments
  • Community Health Initiatives
  • Healthy Eating/Active Living
  • Violence Prevention
  • $66 million
    Health Knowledge
  • Workforce Development & Training
  • Medical Research
  • Educational Theatre
  • $10 million
  • Community Giving Program
  • Other Community Support

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