Improving community conditions

Improving community conditions

Our surroundings and our circumstances in life have a lot to do with our health. At Kaiser Permanente, we are working to improve the conditions for health and equity in our community by addressing the root causes of health, such as economic opportunity, healthy neighborhoods, affordable housing, and safe and supportive schools and educational opportunities. These improvements grow from our collaboration with community residents and partner organizations to co-design and co-create solutions that truly make a positive impact.

Economic opportunity

At Kaiser Permanente, we strive to transform the way we do business to more intentionally and effectively support inclusive local economic opportunity as a core underlying driver of health.

Healthy neighborhoods

Where we live can have a substantial impact on our prospects for long-term health. We have a greater chance at being healthy when we are surrounded by healthy foods, safe places to be active, and social networks to strengthen and support us.

Kaiser Permanente believes in the power of investing in healthy places and neighborhoods. We work collectively with public and private organizations to create more active, sustainable and socially cohesive communities.

Housing security

Housing and health are inextricably connected. Kaiser Permanente Northwest is leading the way through investments and innovations that seek to address the ever-growing affordable housing crisis in our region to ensure that all people can have access to a safe and stable home.

Health career scholarships and learning

Investing in the academic success of students, particularly those from diverse and low-income backgrounds, is an investment in the future health of communities.

Through our work in schools and our support for college and career readiness, we are supporting economic opportunity in our communities by giving people the skills, knowledge, and access to higher education that will sustain them throughout their lives.

Educational Theatre Program

Theatre can be a powerful means of educating and inspiring people to make healthy choices and build strong communities.

For more than 25 years, Kaiser Permanente has brought health education to our communities through the Educational Theatre Program. Through music, comedy and drama, our live theatre programs and artist-in-residence programs are offered to schools and communities free of charge in each of Kaiser Permanente’s seven regions. In the Northwest, Kaiser Permanente has partnered with Oregon Children’s Theatre for the last ten years to bring this vital work to our community.

Learn more on Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s Educational Theatre Program website.

Thriving Schools

Schools are an important focal point for enacting policies and practices that lead to better health. Good health boosts educational success and educational success leads to better lifelong health, employment, earning potential, and self-confidence.

Kaiser Permanente 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.

Kaiser Permanente Northwest is particularly proud of the work that we are accomplishing in our schools:

  • Supporting students, staff and teachers by addressing their physical, emotional, and social well-being
  • Augmenting partnerships between schools, businesses and community-based organizations
  • Improving opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity in school
  • Creating a school environment of inclusion, resilience and healing
  • Reducing chronic absenteeism

Learn more on the Thriving Schools website.