Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado

2016 Community Benefit & Relations Snapshot

Making Healthy Communities a Reality

We’re committed to improving the health of our communities because it’s at the heart of our mission. Our work is driven by our conviction that good health is a fundamental right for all Coloradans.

We understand that good health extends beyond the doctor’s office and the hospital. It begins with healthy environments: fresh fruits and vegetables in neighborhood stores, successful schools, clean air, accessible parks, and safe playgrounds. These are the vital signs of healthy communities. Good health for the entire community requires equity and social and economic well-being.

Our work involves using all of our financial, technical, clinical, and knowledge resources to help our members and communities realize total health — a healthy mind, body, and spirit — in every environment, including school, work, neighborhood, and home.

At Kaiser Permanente, we’re striving to use every resource at our disposal to achieve our mission. In 2016, we invested our resources in the business of caring, educating, building, and nurturing community health. Behind every number is a story of lives made better.

Roland Lyon

Regional President

Margaret Ferguson, MD

Executive Medical Director,
Colorado Permanente Medical Group


Jandel Allen-Davis, MD

Vice President, Government,
External Relations, and Research

When people have access to healthy food, safe neighborhoods, fresh water, and clean air, they’re more likely to be healthy.



We increase access to health care for underserved and marginalized communities—it’s fundamental to our mission.

Healthier People = Happier People


We continue to learn and educate. Through best practices and research we develop new medical knowledge and share it widely with others. We work to better understand and eliminate health disparities. We use the arts to promote greater community health.


We work to build stronger, healthier communities and to inspire people to make healthier choices.


We protect and improve the natural environment and the communities we serve.

*$118,423 million support includes $2,124 million directed through a donor advised fund with The Denver Foundation.


We are honored to serve people in need.

Improving access to health care for those with limited incomes and resources is fundamental to our mission.



$25,218,000Medical Financial Assistance
$6,716,000Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHP+)
$1,045,000Charitable Coverage (CHC)

Member and nonmember patients receiving assistance

49,711supported with Medical Financial Assistance
63,142enrolled in Medicaid, CHP+, and CHC


We help our patients in need get the financial resources necessary to receive care. View one patient’s story.


invested with Safety Net Partnerships, including specialty consulting care access with Kaiser Permanente specialists.

Specialty Consulting Care

562 e-consultations
182 direct patient visits

30 physician volunteers

served at 10 Safety Net community clinics in Denver/Boulder and Northern Colorado.

These volunteers provided:

  • Comprehensive primary care
  • Pediatric care
  • Eye care
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology care
  • Dermatology
  • Billing coding guidance


We continue to learn and educate.

We work to better understand and eliminate health disparities to transform the future of health.


Arts Integrated Resources (AIR) Programs promote greater community health through educational theatre, dynamic youth engagement projects, and hands-on, experiential learning for Coloradans of all ages.

802Programs offered
128,923Youth reached
9,896Adults reached
253Schools served
35School districts served

kpviolet_icon-masks_100x100AIR: Educational Theatre

High energy, interactive free educational plays for schools encourage youth to consider healthier options in their lives and the consequences of their choices.

116Colorado schools reached
44,557Students reached
2,324Adults reached

New plays offered free to schools throughout Colorado.

People Like Vince

a social and emotional wellness play that seeks to reduce the stigma of mental health issues.

60% of teachers and 70% of students indicate the program increased their competencies in understanding and handling mental health issues.

When You’re Seeing Stars

a play that teaches the Stop, Think, Act, Reflect approach to manage academic, social, and family stressors.


View a short video about People Like Vince.

AIR: Experiential Learning

Multi-talented facilitators create open dialogue to navigate social issues through storytelling, improvisational theatre techniques, and interactive exercises. Audiences come away with new perspectives on health benefits of laughter, strategies to address conflict resolution, and a greater understanding of the needs and health challenges of people with limited financial resources.

Delivered training on compassion fatigue to over 90% of the staff at Clinica Colorado.

285 workshops at 10 schools

students experienced Confronting Conflict, a conflict resolution workshop.

57% of students

indicated their intent to handle conflict more positively after the workshop.


A workshop designed to teach through experience, the health benefits of laughter. Eighty one percent of participants responded positively to being intentional about adding laughter in their day.

39school groups
22Community Organizations (like Pueblo Community College and the American Heart Association)


Watch video highlights of the Laughaceuticals workshop.

kpviolet_icon-lightbulb_100x100AIR: Youth Engagement

Enlisting youth as essential allies to improve the health of our communities.

School Without Hate Campaign

59 Colorado schools in the past two years have participated.

Highlights from a Youth Leadership Strengths Study of participating youth include:

95%said Kaiser Permanente provided leadership skills that will help them in their future
87%increased their use of creativity as a leadership skill
50%increased their civic engagement

#LeadTheChangeCO Youth Summit

More than 100 people attended the 4th annual summit, where youth and adults created social media challenges to engage and highlight youth leadership across the state. To date 500 youth leaders are engaging and sharing the amazing work that they’re doing to create positive change statewide.


Watch the #LeadTheChangeCO Youth Summit video to learn more about this interactive and collaborative movement for positive change led by youth.

Student Health Advisory Council

The 25-member, high-school team won the grand prize in the youth category receiving $5,000 in the nation’s first-ever statewide open innovation challenge called Imagine Colorado (sponsored by Innovate Colorado, LiveWell Colorado, and the Governor’s Office). They created a mobile app that rewards teens for the time they’re outdoors.

“This experience has a great impact on our youth leaders,” said Sam Wood, manager Youth Engagement, “not because the Council won $5,000 or they had their picture taken with the governor, but because their voice was heard. These types of opportunities build self-confidence which is integrally tied to future academic and professional success. I believe my main job as the lead for our Youth Engagement Program is to find experiences and opportunities where young people can learn and practice skills, tools, and strategies that’ll increase their confidence in facing life’s challenges.”

Increasing physical activity in schools.

$968,000invested in school programs (2015 and 2016)
17school districts received funding
230schools served

Program Evaluation

$250,000invested to evaluate the programs of 36 participating schools
100%provide 30 minutes of physical activity daily
44%provide 60 minutes of physical activity daily
64%increased total physical activity within one year

Getting students to move their bodies to help move their minds.

$13,250Funds raised for schools
66Schools participated
43,867,000Minutes of activity

“Fire Up Your Feet not only creates an amazing foundation for increased physical activity toward the recommended 60 minutes per day, but also provides an appreciated and embraced opportunity to children to be social with friends and supervising/participating adults, be outside getting fresh air and also ‘spark’ their day before school begins. Parents, siblings, grandparents, teachers, support staff and even the school mascot have LOVED ‘Firing Up Their Feet’ through Tiger Miles Club!”

Rolling Hills Elementary, Aurora, CO


Watch Manitou springs students go the distance! The 375 students took first place in the most activity minutes tracked, with 31 million minutes of activity.


Showcasing how they create a healthier Colorado through video.


We conduct world-class scientific research, share the results, and put our findings into practice to improve the quality of health outcomes, reduce costs, and elevate the care delivery experience.


$6,141,000Federal funding received for research
$1,094,000Non-federal funding received for research
268active studies
73research papers published

Researched in 2016:

  • A Targeted Approach to Safer Use of Antipsychotics in Youth
  • The Safety and Impact of Expanded Access to Naloxone in Health Systems
  • Obesity in CO: A New System for Monitoring and Tracking Interventions
  • CO Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Program Evaluation Program
  • Sentinel Infrastructure for Drug Safety Surveillance
  • Evaluation of Screening and Referral Programs for Food Insecurity (including a high population of seniors)


We train the workforce of tomorrow regarding care delivery, equity, and health disparities.

$4,475,000invested in Colorado Colleges and Universities
$53,000diversity scholarships awarded to
24 minority students


We support community health strategies.


Increasing referrals to nutrition assistance programs and access to food through partnerships with:

  • Children’s Hospital Colorado (Denver/Boulder)
  • Commerce City Community Enterprise (Denver/Boulder)
  • Denver Botanic Gardens (Statewide)
  • Doctors Care (Denver/Boulder)
  • Eagle River Youth Coalition – IntegGreat! (Western Colorado)
  • Friends of Longmont Youth Center (Denver/Boulder)
  • GoFarm (Denver/Boulder)
  • Hunger Free Colorado (Statewide)
  • Metro Caring (Denver/Boulder)
  • Mountain Resource Center (Western Colorado)
  • Northern Colorado Food Cluster (Northern Colorado)
  • Re:Vision (Denver/Boulder)
  • SET Family Clinics (Southern Colorado)
  • TESSA (Southern Colorado)
  • TriLakes Cares (Southern Colorado)


In partnership with:

  • Athmar Park Neighborhood Association
  • Bike Fort Collins
  • Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • LocalWorks


Supporting the Safety Net and public health infrastructure to decrease health disparities by sharing financial, technical, and clinical resources.

In partnership with:

  • ClinicNet
  • Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence
  • Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
  • Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved
  • Colorado Department of Education
  • Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment
  • Community Partnership for Child Development
  • Consortium for Older Adult Wellness
  • Mile High Health Alliance
  • National Jewish Health
  • Rocky Mountain Youth Medical & Nursing Consultants, Inc.
  • Rose Community Foundation

Specialty Care Program

Working with six Safety Net clinics we provide electronically requested advice from select CPMG specialists. In some cases, the program provides specific in-office visits for specialty care. Participating specialty care departments include: Dermatology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Ophthalmology, Allergy/Immunology, and Neurology.

182In-office visits
1,704e-consults since inception
399In-office visits since inception

Read more from the Permanente Journal.

Continuing Medical Education

66 scholarships and travel support

awarded to Safety Net staff to attend Institute for Healthcare Improvement conferences

4 scholarships

awarded to Safety Net clinics to attend and present (twice in 2016) at the Center for Care Innovation’s Safety Net Innovation Network Conference.




Through our sponsored Weigh and Win program, adults in Colorado received up to $150 every three months to lose weight and keep it off. Watch the videos above to find out more!


We continue to bring the community together.

We make it easy for employees to give back to the communities through supported community service and our gift-matching employee giving campaign.

Employee Giving Campaign
$1,095,000total donations with
company matched funds

30%overall investment increase
$527,000Employee donations
552Employees participated
507Colorado nonprofit organizations supported

Community Service

9,750community service hours
366volunteer projects
300nonprofits served

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Annual Day of Service

545employee volunteers
18senior leaders served
38volunteer projects
30nonprofits served

Local events

In addition to charitable work we sponsor and participate in local events, through our community relations support.

Among the many 2016 sponsorship examples include:

  • B-Cycle Denver & Boulder
  • B Sharp Project
  • Colfax Marathon
  • Colorado Dragon Boat Festival
  • Colorado Farm and Art Market
  • Colorado Marathon
  • Education Foundation of Eagle County
  • Foote Lagoon Concert Series


  • Fort Collins Bike Share
  • Fort Collins Downtown Business Association Great Plates
  • Frisco BBQ Challenge
  • Pueblo Chamber of Commerce Chile & Frijole Festival
  • Summit Foundation
  • Vail Valley Foundation
  • Weld Project Connect


We protect and improve
the natural environment.

By being great environmental stewards, we can create cleaner, healthier communities.


3.8 million kWh

Solar power generated at seven sites, offsetting 15-67% of power consumed

1 million kWh

Saved through LED retrofits

Standing in a parking lot outside his office, cable in hand, Dr. Adam Carewe plugs in his electric car. “Obviously, by me driving this car,” Carewe said as it starts to charge, “I’m a big proponent of renewable energy.”

The reason this charging station is unusual is that it’s in the parking lot of Kaiser Permanente’s Lone Tree Medical Offices. As a Kaiser Permanente employee — Carewe is a family physician — he can plug his car in, for free, anytime. “I think it’s great that Kaiser is investing in renewables and energy efficiency, because I think it’s clearly the future,” he said.


Together with our community partners,
we build a healthier Colorado.

Here are some of our 2016 community health partners:

Academy District 20
Adams 12 Five Star Schools
American Lung Association of Colorado
American Red Cross
Athmar Park Neighborhood Association
Aurora Public School District
Bicycle Colorado
Bike Fort Collins
Bikes Together
Boulder Valley School District
Canon City Schools
Care & Share Food Bank of Southern Colorado
Center for African American Health
Children’s Hospital Colorado
City of Colorado Springs
City of Fort Collins
City of Lafayette
City of Littleton
City of Pueblo
Colorado Business Group on Health
Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence
Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition
Colorado Community Health Network Inc.
Colorado Department of Education
Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment
Colorado Meth Project
Colorado Nonprofit Association
Colorado Rural Health Center
Colorado State University
Colorado State University-Pueblo Foundation
Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County
Community Health Partnership
Community Partnership for Child Development
Consortium for Older Adult Wellness
Del Norte Neighborhood Development Corporation
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver Housing Authority
Denver Public Schools Foundation
Doctors Care
East Grand School District, RE2
El Paso County School District No. 2 – Harrison

Falcon School District 49
Foundation for Colorado Community Colleges
Friends of Longmont Youth
Greeley-Evans School District 6
Homeward Pikes Peak
Hunger Free Colorado
Jefferson County School District
Kids First Health Care
LiveWell Colorado
Mapleton Public Schools
MEND Foundation
Metro Caring
Mountain Resource Center
National Jewish Health
North Colorado Health Alliance
Northern Colorado Food Cluster
Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation
Pikes Peak Community College Foundation
Pikes Peak United Way
Poudre School District
Pueblo Triple Aim Corporation
Regional Institute for Health and Environmental Leadership (RIHEL)
Revision International
Rocky Mountain Youth Medical & Nursing Consultants, Inc.
Rose Community Foundation (Project LAUNCH)
Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation
Servicios de La Raza
SET Family Clinics
St. Vrain Valley School District RE1J
Summit School District RE-1
Teller County School District Re-1
The Denver Foundation
The Gender Identity Center of Colorado
The Trust for Public Land
TriLakes Cares
University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus
Walk Denver
Westminster Public Schools
YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region

Kaiser Permanente exists to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Our community benefit strategies guide our funding opportunities. In 2016, we refreshed our community health needs assessment (CHNA) to inform our strategies. This research allowed us to better understand the community’s unique needs and resources. View our community benefit strategy and CHNA reports for more information.

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