Supporting community mental health
Amid a national mental health professional shortage, we invested in expanding a diverse, well-trained, culturally responsive mental health workforce. We also focused on increasing access to mental health services for low-income and vulnerable populations.
One example of this is our support of YES Nature to Neighborhoods to address a scarcity of mental health services in Richmond, California. Our grant helped YES integrate culturally relevant outdoor recreation programs for underrepresented youth and adults while providing mental health, trauma-informed case management, and social-emotional skills workshops and services.
Strengthening the health care safety net
We partnered with safety-net hospitals and community health centers to improve care quality for low-income, Medi-Cal, and uninsured patients. Kaiser Permanente clinicians also donated their time and expertise to support these patients.
Our grant to Native American Health Center helped this longtime community clinic provide comprehensive, culturally informed services to improve the health and well-being of American Indians and residents of surrounding communities. Our funding also helped the center enhance its electronic medical records system.
Supporting economic opportunities to change lives
Financial health is fundamental to people’s ability to maintain overall health. We supported organizations that work with underserved populations to promote college and career readiness, quality jobs, and diverse small business growth.
One example is our support of Rising Sun Center for Opportunity’s construction training program called Opportunity Build. Our grant helped East Bay jobseekers launch family-sustaining union careers in the construction trades. Rising Sun has trained more than 2,000 youth and 1,000 adults, with a focus on low-income individuals overcoming barriers to employment.
2022 East Bay
Total Community Investment
In grants and donations
Medical residents trained
in our Graduate Medical
In employee and corporate
donations to nonprofits
through KP Gives
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 2022, Kaiser Permanente identified the following significant health priorities in our East Bay communities.