June 29, 2018

Advancing community health with more than $23M in grants

Grants focus on increasing access to care, improving mental health and wellness, and creating healthy environments for children and school staff.

From developing the health care workforce to supporting those affected by natural disasters, Kaiser Permanente is addressing the diverse needs of its communities.    

More than $23 million in grant funding will be awarded in the coming months to community-based and national charitable organizations serving the health and well-being of the people living in the communities that Kaiser Permanente serves.

“We are listening to our communities and to what their priorities are,” said Bechara Choucair, MD, Kaiser Permanente’s chief community health officer. “Our community partners are crucial to helping us identify where the need is greatest and working with us to develop solutions that will improve the lives of community residents in meaningful ways.”

What does it look like to help people live healthier lives?

Kaiser Permanente recognizes the way we live has a big impact on health and wellness, and those who are most in need are often the ones who have the least access to care and basic necessities.

Here are two examples of the work Kaiser Permanente will fund:

  • The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County will implement training and recruitment programs that will increase the number of qualified providers in community health centers to increase access to care for growing numbers of patients.
  • Santa Rosa City Schools and the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services will continue to provide mental health and other support services for families and individuals recovering from the 2017 Sonoma County fires in Northern California.

Quarterly charitable contributions such as these are part of the contributions Kaiser Permanente makes each year to serve those most in need, collaborate to improve the conditions for health and equity in the communities we serve and apply technology to create community-based solutions. In 2018, Kaiser Permanente contributed more than $2.8 billion to improve health and wellness in communities across the country.

“As a mission-driven organization, our work has always been about improving health outside the walls of our hospitals and medical offices,” said Dr. Choucair. “By looking at the full picture of health, we’re not just providing health care — we’re tackling real-world challenges and advancing health in the places we live, work, learn and play.”