2022 Community Health Snapshot

We live our mission every day through our commitment to improving the health of our communities.

2022 Community Health Snapshot

We live our mission every day through our commitment to improving the health of our communities.

Living our mission

In 2022, as the world turned the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, our community health investments built on partnerships established and lessons learned to improve health for individuals, communities, and the public at large.

Recognizing that individual health includes physical, mental, and social health, we stepped up our efforts to identify social needs in our communities and deepened partnerships to ensure those needs could be met with community resources. We leveraged our voice, our resources, and our community connections to drive changes to the policies, systems, and environments that can drive or thwart good health. We continued to provide financial relief to people in our communities struggling to access and pay for health care. And we advocated for local policies that help millions of people live longer, better lives in vibrant, prosperous cities across the country.

As we put the emergency phase of the pandemic behind us, our support for the nation’s public health system involves redoubling our efforts to improve conditions for health and equity in our communities, and partnering to tackle the most significant health threats of our time — from poverty, hunger, and homelessness to climate change and gun violence.

This work is central to Kaiser Permanente’s mission and demonstrates how we — as an organization — live our values each and every day.

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Bechara Choucair, MD
Senior Vice President and Chief Health Officer
Kaiser Permanente

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Donations keep communities ready

We donated over $28 million worth of supplies as part of our community health work in 2021.

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Improved public health relies on partnerships

When public health systems work together public health challenges are easier to manage.

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Gun violence is a public health crisis

We must do more to prevent gun violence and educate on its health implications in our society. 

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Leadership helps prevent gun injuries

Kaiser Permanente’s new Center for Gun Violence Research and Education announces $1.3 million in grants.

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Gun safety can help keep kids safe

Pediatricians discuss safe firearm storage with parents and patients.

Health care scholarship recipient Aleysa Garcia Rivas.

Scholarships support health care careers

Health Equity Scholars Program helps students achieve their dreams of going to college while increasing diversity in health care.

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Rent reporting can help millions build credit

A good credit score can make it easier to buy a home and much more. Ensuring renters get credit for on-time payments can help.

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Connecting people to financial coaching

Money matters can affect a person’s physical and mental health. With $2.5 million, we’re aiming to help.

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Grants help AAPI communities

We partner to address  negative effects of racism and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Small businesses thrive during COVID-19

Kaiser Permanente grants are supporting businesses such as the Carefree Bar and Grill in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Our goal to double affordable housing

Landmark social impact investment fund increases to $400 million to extend our efforts to improve community conditions.

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Ending homelessness in California

With a new $1.5 million grant, we’re supporting cities and organizations in their efforts to increase safe, affordable housing.

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Homeless and sick: Offering vital care

We’re supporting centers that offer short-term care and housing for people experiencing homelessness, illness, or injuries.

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Strengthening our support for educators

We send gratitude to the dedicated people working in schools during these challenging times.

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Secrets from America's Healthiest Schools

Winning schools share their tips for achieving wellness and educational goals.

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Denver earns an overall gold medal

CityHealth recognizes Denver for its leadership in supporting policies to help residents lead healthier lives.

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Relief during dangerous temperatures

Innovative outreach helped our members during extreme heat in the Pacific Northwest.

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Decarbonizing the health care sector

Kaiser Permanente joins Health and Human Services and other industry leaders at White House pledge event.

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Colorado wildfire relief

Our $500k contribution helps the people of Boulder County who were affected by the fires.

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Social health resources are just one step away

Our Community Support Hub can help members find community resources to address their total health.

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Good health requires more than health care

Our community resource directory connects patients and members to resources that improve total health.

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Improving nutrition, advancing health

$50 million Food Is Medicine commitment by Kaiser Permanente advances health equity.