In 2021, Kaiser Permanente continued to respond urgently to the staggering health and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on the communities we serve.
Together with our partners, we addressed the most critical health needs in our community: COVID-19 prevention and vaccination; food, housing, and economic security; and mental health and wellness. We prioritized support of low-income communities and communities of color, who continue to bear an unequal burden from the pandemic.
Protecting hard-hit communities
COVID-19 vaccines became widely available in 2021, but some communities hard hit by the pandemic faced barriers to getting vaccinated. Kaiser Permanente collaborated with public health departments, community health centers, and other trusted community and faith partners to address vaccine concerns and make it easy for people to get vaccinated.
Funding from Kaiser Permanente supported additional staffing for Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center to host 205 COVID-19 vaccine clinics in partnership with academic institutions and community-based organizations. The clinics provided nearly 24,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to Asian, Black, and Latinx individuals and families in the Hayward and Ashland areas of Alameda County.
Providing critical support for social health needs
Good health requires more than high-quality medical care. Social health factors such as having enough healthy food and a safe place to live are also essential. As the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, Kaiser Permanente is intensifying efforts to meet the critical social health needs of our community.
One example is our support of the Fremont Family Resource Center’s Connection to Care program, which provides outreach and case management for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. The program helped 36 individuals to get the resources they need and submit the appropriate paperwork to assist them in getting stable housing through Alameda County.
Improving access to mental health care
Against the backdrop of a national shortage of mental health care professionals, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health needs in the community. In response, Kaiser Permanente is using its resources, reach, and partnerships to improve access to community mental health services and expand the mental health workforce pipeline.
Our funding to Kidango, a nonprofit child development agency, helped provide Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to more than 2,000 low-income households with children 0 to 5 years of age at child development centers in Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, and Union City. This enables teaching teams to better respond to the needs of children and families affected by toxic stress and traumatic events.
By the Numbers
2021 Greater Southern
Medical Financial Assistance
care and coverage
Youth and adults reached
through Educational Theatre
In grants, donations
and direct support
Medical residents trained
in our Graduate Medical
Community health priorities
As part of our commitment to improve health and health equity in our community, every 3 years we conduct a rigorous and collaborative community health needs assessment. For 2021, Kaiser Permanente identified the following significant health priorities in our Greater Southern Alameda Area communities.