Community health impact

Community health impact

Here are some of the organizations with whom we are currently engaged.

Our status as a mission-driven nonprofit organization sets us apart from other health plans and allows us to live our mission.

We remain dedicated to supporting the full continuum of health and to helping make the healthy choice the easy choice for our members and Coloradans in the communities we serve. Every year is a new opportunity to deliver on our promise because we care about Coloradans’ total health—physical, behavioral, emotional, social, and financial. Read in our Community Benefit and Relations Snapshot how we invested our resources, the types of projects we invested in, as well as some for our achievements.

2017 outcomes at a glance

In 2017, we supported the environment, people, knowledge, and our community with more than $122 million to improve the health of Coloradans. This includes $3.1 million directed through a donor advised fund with The Denver Foundation. View a summary of this work in our recently published fact sheet.

View the Kaiser Permanente Colorado 2017 Community Benefit and Relations Annual Snapshot , a report detailing our commitment to improving lives, health, the environment, knowledge, and communities. The snapshot highlights the $122 million investment in 2017, and how the organization supports people, partners, and community health initiatives.

Here are a few more recent examples of our community health impact:

  • The Athmar Park Neighborhood Association is changing how residents overcome transportation barriers thanks to the support of a $200,000, 2-year grant from Kaiser Permanente Colorado. We awarded four nonprofit organizations $75,000 in 2016, to increase access to safe and accessible mobile routes to neighborhood destinations so more residents would walk, bike, or even wheelchair roll for transportation. The grantees used the funds to build local coalitions, conduct neighborhood assessments of the infrastructure to support active transportation, and develop an active living plan. All grantees — Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation, Athmar Park Neighborhood Association, Bike Fort Collins and Localworks — received an additional $200,000, 2-year grant to implement their plans for improving transportation access in their local neighborhoods.
  • Colorado students can breathe easier because we partnered with the Colorado Department of Education to launch a program that helps train school nurses to be better prepared to handle asthmatic episodes. In 2015, we awarded a 3-year, $509,000 grant to the Colorado Department of Education to develop and provide a series of workshops to school nurses to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to provide better asthma care in schools. The grant supported an asthma care pilot program consisting of 15 nurses from 2 KPCO service areas—SoCO and Denver-Boulder. Evaluation of the pilot program showed nurses significantly improved in confidence, skills demonstration, and 4 key school nurse practice areas. These impressive results were sustained up to 12 months after the training was completed. After the pilot, requests to offer the training to additional districts and at statewide conferences resulted in more than 100 Colorado nurses receiving the training in just under 3 years. View the short video.
  • A new report highlights the healthiest communities in the U.S. — the top 3 healthiest communities are all in Kaiser Permanente’s service area. These include Falls Church, Virginia, and Douglas and Broomfield counties, Colorado. We recognize that where a person lives, works, and plays has a big impact on his or her health. We are proud to see that the 65 million people living in communities we serve are among the healthiest in the nation. Our progress is a result of collaboration with community partners and leaders in neighborhoods, schools, health systems and workplaces to build hands-on programs, change physical environments, advance policy initiatives, and further education to create healthier individuals and communities.
  • In 2017, Americans for the Arts announced us as one of the year's BCA 10 honorees: Best Businesses Partnering with the Arts in America. Annually companies nationwide are honored for their exceptional commitment to the arts. “We’re honored to have been nominated by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts to receive this national recognition from Americans for the Arts,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of Government, External Relations and Research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “We’re proud to support the creative and cultural arts communities in this state which are pivotal to health and healing.”

Our Community Stories - video storytelling challenge

“Our Community Stories” offers nonprofit partners a chance to showcase their work and receive additional grant communication funding.

After recognizing the need to support grant partners with communications, Kaiser Permanente launched a unique storytelling grant project to provide eligible nonprofit partners with the tools and resources required to tell their authentic stories though video. Successful completion of the storytelling challenge resulted in additional communication grantfunding for partners.

“This video storytelling challenge presents a unique opportunity for our nonprofit partners to educate and inform the community at large about the important work they are doing to improve health,” said Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, vice president of government and external relations, Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “Participating organizations can now share their video stories online and through social media—something that’s increasingly important for nonprofit organizations in the digital age.”

Now in its third year, Kaiser Permanente’s storytelling challenge, called “Our Community Stories”, engaged eight community partners along the Front Range in creating a video that showcases how their work is creating a healthier Colorado. Each community partner set out with a camera, a tripod and a microphone to document their stories. Their journeys included planning video shoots, conducting interviews, and providing feedback on the editing process. Kaiser Permanente provided the video production tools, technical support, editing services and guidance through the filming process.

“So many nonprofit organizations throughout Colorado are doing tremendously impactful work. But sometimes their efforts go unnoticed,” said Maureen McDonald, senior director of community benefit and relations for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. “This video storytelling challenge is a perfect way for us to work hand-in-hand with Colorado nonprofits to shine a light on their great work and help share their stories.”

View the videos from the 2015 and 2016 challenges.

Thriving Schools

We’re focused on providing school support focused on students, staff, teachers, and our communities. This support directly addresses the health factors and behaviors that influence school performance and academic achievement which ultimately shape kids futures. Check out these Thriving Schools resources for schools and districts throughout Colorado:

  • Arts Integrated Resources
    Performances and workshops in schools that emphasize healthy eating, active living, stress relief and positive school climate. For more information visit (Offered to schools in Kaiser Permanente service areas, based on availability.)
  • Health Works
    Technical support and programs to promote employee health, wellness and engagement. (Available to school districts with Kaiser Permanente medical coverage.)
  • College and career readiness
    Through career fairs, high school internships, and higher education scholarships we support vulnerable youth who are interested in health care careers.
  • Community service
    Employees perform community service on paid time to refurbish schools and maintain school gardens, to planting trees in parks and interacting with seniors, and to support walk/run fundraising events, and much more.
  • Philanthropic investments
    We awarded $1.5 million in behavioral health grants to increase access to mental health and wellness programs. Five Colorado school districts will use the funds to help teachers and staff learn how to identify and deal with mental health needs in students and themselves.

Fact sheets

View our fact sheets to learn more about our community impact: