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Only 10% of one’s health is determined by medical care.  Addressing community health and the social determinants of health is a crucial part of Kaiser Permanente’s strategy.

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Community Health Experts

Get inspired by how Kaiser Permanente is leading the way in identifying community health needs, partnering with other organizations, and improving total health for the communities we serve. Affordable housing, food security, and environmental efforts are just a few of the areas of focus.

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Stephanie Ledesma
Interim Senior Vice President, Community Health Programs
John Vu
John Vu, MPH
Vice President of Strategy, Community Health

How Joyce Found a Home

After 85-year old Joyce Bigelow became homeless, she found help with the assistance of her Kaiser Permanente care team. Her story brings to life how addressing patients’ social needs, such as housing, is an essential part of improving their health.

Recommended Resources

Community Drivers of Health: Policy Paper Series

A new series of policy papers offers some of the most comprehensive analyses to date of key economic and social conditions that influence health – food, housing and transportation – and shares evidence-based policy opportunities to address them.

Systemic Racism and Trauma Spurs Action for Healing

With a focus on Black and other communities of color, Kaiser Permanente seeks to address the causes of adverse childhood experiences and collective trauma.

The ACE Study

Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction Many of the Leading Causes of Death to Adults – The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study; research by Kaiser Permanente in collaboration with the Center for Disease Control receiving renewed attention twenty years after publication.