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Creating Communities that Thrive

Improving health — a core element of Kaiser Permanente’s mission — is about more than providing high-quality health care. Just as we know that preventive care, such as getting the appropriate vaccinations and screenings, is critical to staying healthy, we know that where we live, work and play has a crucial role in achieving total health.
 
That’s why we partner with national organizations and local communities alike on neighborhood improvement projects that promote health and well-being. We lift up the role of communities as vital settings that create the conditions of health, as well as the importance of non-medical resources to promote well-being and prevent disease.

One example of these projects is featured in our new “Thriving Communities” video. In partnership with local nonprofit Park Heights Renaissance community members, Kaiser Permanente provided funding and support for volunteers to help clear overgrown plants, repair playground equipment, resurface a basketball half-court and equip the court with a half-height hoop at a park in West Baltimore, Maryland.

Watch the story of this partnership:


 
On opening day of the renamed SDKG Community Association Park, kids and adults — sporting T-shirts proclaiming “I made my mark on the park” — completed the finishing touches and celebrated their new space. Community members painted a mural, tried out the playground equipment and basketball court, and had the opportunity to get a flu shot in the Kaiser Permanente mobile health van.

“Most people spend a very small amount of time every year in doctors’ offices or hospitals,” said Kaiser Permanente Vice President of Community Health Loel Solomon. “Where they live, work and play every day has a huge impact on their health. Kaiser Permanente’s work in communities — including creating places for people to be active and build community — is powerful medicine.”

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