Building Healthy Communities Is Our Mission

Kaiser Permanente's work in the community uniquely combines investments from our health plan as well as our hospitals and often includes medical expertise, health research, clinical programs, and volunteers.


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Total community investment

In charitable care and coverage

In grants, donations and services **

Students and adults reached through Educational Theatre

invested in 112 Thriving Schools * programs and activities

Physicians and employee volunteers

The Difference We Made in 2015

San Jose Sharks players and Kaiser Permanente physicians visited more than 10 low-income middle schools as part of a new partnership with the Sharks Foundation called Stick to Fitness. This program reached about 3,000 sixth-graders, promoting healthy eating and active living.


“Having the resources in the Stick to Fitness program and being able to realize running or skating around  with a stick is pretty tough but [students are] getting a really good workout and it’s fun at the same time,” said San Jose Sharks Defenseman, Brendon Dillon.


In addition, the Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI) received $25,000 to support its BAWSI Girls program which offers physical activity programs at low-income schools. Over 950 students demonstrated an increase in their physical activity, confidence, and social behaviors after participating in the program.


Combined Health Plan/Hospital total investment $97,538,314
We also make investments through our fund at the East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF):
* Made through or partially through EBCF
** Additional EBCF investments not reflected in this figure

Priority Health Needs

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Improve Access to Care

Provide programs for low-income and uninsured people and enhance access to health care services by addressing barriers to care.

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Increase Healthy Eating and Active Living

Decrease the availability of unhealthy foods, increase the availability of healthier foods and reduce overconsumption of sugary beverages. Support the creation and enhancement of places for physical activity.

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Improve Behavioral Health

Reduce alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use among youth. Support group prevention/ intervention programs focused on coping with stress, anxiety or depression.

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Reduce Community Violence

Support school-based strategies that discourage bullying while helping youth develop lifeskills focused on forming healthy responses, coping skills and positive relationships.