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:
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.
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.
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.
We invest in strengthening the network of community clinics, public hospitals and health systems that provide health care to vulnerable populations.
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.
(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.
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.
(Youth & Trauma Informed Care): This program aims to prevent violence and promote healing among trauma survivors.
As a non-profit health organization, Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to community health is essential to our mission.
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.
Almost half of the people in Roseville’s communities live in a medically underserved area with a shortage of community health providers.
1 in 3 people in Modesto and Manteca communities suffer from being overweight or obese.
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.
Nearly 1 in 3 children in San Jose and Santa Clara communities are overweight or obese.
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.
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.
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.
About 16% of adults in Vallejo and Vacaville communities lack a high school diploma, 16% of children live in poverty.
1 in 6 people in Richmond and Oakland communities have asthma. With our support:
Nearly 1 in 3 children in Fresno’s communities have asthma. With our support:
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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.
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:
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.”