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.
Some examples of this include our $85,000 grant to Stanislaus Multi-Cultural Health Coalition, which supported vaccine education and outreach to 1,825 low-income individuals in West Modesto. The coalition partnered with vaccination sites that provided 1,150 vaccinations. In Stockton, our $75,000 grant to Family Resource and Referral provided translation and technology support that helped 67,000 people secure vaccine appointments on MyTurn.ca.gov.
Helping local economies to thrive
A good job with a steady paycheck is foundational to good physical and mental health. Together with our community partners, Kaiser Permanente is expanding economic opportunity in communities that have endured decades of underinvestment.
Our 2-year $100,000 grant to the Stanislaus Business Alliance supports VOLT ON THE GO, a program that provides accredited, mobile mechanical and electrical manufacturing training to residents of remote, underserved communities. The program is expected to train 100 individuals, resulting in full-time employment in well-paid, local manufacturing jobs. We also provided funding to the San Joaquin County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce to help connect 100 individuals to employers who assisted them with skill development needed for meaningful employment.
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 $90,000 grant to Sierra Vista Child and Family Services provided direct mental and behavioral health services and referrals to 150 uninsured individuals in Stanislaus County. In San Joaquin County, our 2-year, $100,000 grant to Sow A Seed Community Foundation supports mental health skill building and treatment referrals for youth in school and community center settings.
By the Numbers
2021 Central Valley
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 Central Valley communities.