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.
One example is our effort to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among field workers in East Contra Costa County, through a $75,000 grant to Hijas Del Campo. The nonprofit, founded by daughters of field workers, partnered with Contra Costa Health Services to provide vaccines at pop-up clinics held in farm fields. The organization helped provide 930 vaccinations to agricultural workers and their families.
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.
One highlight is our 2-year $100,000 grant to Rubicon Programs in the East Bay that supports job training and wraparound services to help unemployed and underemployed individuals overcome barriers to employment, apply for, and secure quality jobs. The program is expected to serve 550 individuals over the next 2 years.
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 our communities. 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 helped Antioch Unified School District to develop a long-term mental health initiative and establish a framework to build trauma-informed systems and practices across 24 school sites and the district. In Concord, we supported Monument Impact to lead workshops for Latinx community members to teach skills and practices to reduce and manage stress and anxiety.
By the Numbers
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 Diablo communities.