At Kaiser Permanente, we are working to improve the conditions for health and equity in the community by addressing the root causes of health, such as economic opportunity, affordable housing, safe and supportive schools, and a healthy environment. These improvements grow from our collaboration with each community to co-design and co-create solutions that truly make a positive impact.
By engaging members, communities, our sizeable workforce, and all of our organization’s considerable assets, we are working to create communities that are among the healthiest in the nation, and inspiring greater health for America and the world.
The pandemic exposed significant, long-standing gaps in the United States public health infrastructure. Investing in the resilience of our public health system is vital for maintaining the health and well-being of our communities and ensuring our health system can anticipate, prepare for, and respond to future health emergencies.
Together with our partners in community-based organizations and across public health and health care, we launched 3 forward-looking initiatives to address the challenges faced by our public health system. Our shared public health agenda focuses on 3 critical areas:
Inclusive economic growth is critical to both individual and community health. When there is a lack of economic opportunity in communities, the prospects for upward social mobility are diminished, often resulting in poorer health, higher mortality rates, and less prevalence of healthy behaviors among people living in those communities. By contrast, economic growth and opportunity provides jobs, income, a sense of purpose, and opportunities to improve one’s economic circumstances overtime.
As a large, influential institution in our communities, Kaiser Permanente recognizes that we can change the way we do business to support economic opportunity more intentionally by how we hire, purchase, build, and partner with communities.
The places where we live, learn, work, and play — our cities and towns, our schools, our homes, our neighborhoods — have an enormous impact on our health. And how we shape those places, through public policy and the building up of healthy environments, has the potential to make real, lasting impacts on our surroundings and our everyday quality of life.
Through Kaiser Permanente’s ongoing partnerships with community organizations, municipal leaders, and public health champions, we are working to incorporate health, equity, and sustainability considerations into public policy and the built environment in ways that influence how neighborhoods take shape and grow.
At Kaiser Permanente, we’re committed to creating communities where people can be healthy in all the places they live, learn, work, and play. This is especially important in schools, where better health boosts educational success and educational success leads to better lifelong health, employment, earning potential, and self-confidence.
Thriving Schools is our all-in engagement to improve health for students, staff, and teachers. Our vision is that every community can count on their school as a champion for good health that enables great learning.