Most of the grantmaking in these areas happens at the local and regional levels. National grants most often support policy, advocacy, and technical assistance. We are particularly interested in having applicants discuss how their work in these areas includes the social determinants of health and addresses the elimination of health disparities and inequities.
Community Health Initiatives
We support initiatives that seek to measurably improve health by addressing specific community health needs. We work with community-based organizations to design, deliver, and sustain long-term programs that engage residents in improving the conditions of their neighborhoods, workplaces, and schools so that they promote good health. We also support thought leadership and cultivation of the evidence base for effective primary prevention efforts. Currently, our grantmaking focus in this area is on environmental and policy approaches to healthy eating and active living.
Safety Net Partnerships
We are committed to building and maintaining partnerships with community health centers, local health departments, and public hospitals, collectively referred to as the "safety net." Through funding, technical assistance, and dissemination of care-management and quality-improvement technologies and practices, we aim to help these vital health care providers improve care and expand treatment capacity for the communities they serve.
Care and Coverage for Low-Income People
We create and support programs that lower financial barriers so the uninsured and underinsured gain access to quality care. We support charity care, free or subsidized coverage, and programs that promote enrollment in Medicaid, CHIP, and other public programs. We also partner with key stakeholders to shape and inform policies on a range of issues, including universal coverage and improvements to public programs to enable them to better serve people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged, traditionally marginalized or excluded, and in need of care and coverage.
Developing and Disseminating Knowledge
We are dedicated to advancing health through research, education and training. We aim to improve health care by sharing our knowledge—educating practitioners, advancing research, empowering consumers, and informing policymakers—about the evidence base for care and health.
Kaiser Permanente has an unwavering commitment to equal access and opportunity for all persons. Organizations applying for funding should be prepared to demonstrate that they do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap, disability, medical condition or veteran status either in their employment or their service policies and practices.