Kaiser Permanente provides affordable, high-quality healthcare services to improve the health of its members and the communities they serve. Kaiser Permanente has demonstrated its impact on economic development, and in building more livable communities in LA County.
Kaiser Permanente’s CULTIVATE Strategic Plan is an intentional and integrated community health improvement strategy. Through social and economic determinants of health, CULTIVATE seeks to improve the health of the communities it serves. It challenges the entire enterprise to re-imagine their potential as producers of health of thriving communities. Ultimately, CULTVATE consolidates the power of all Kaiser Permanente assets to positively impact community health.
In conjunction with Propel L.A.’s Goal 7: Build More Livable Communities, CULTIVATE furthers the objective to advance physical and mental wellness for individual residents by (1) increasing the number of doctors and nurses in under-served communities and improving access to preventative healthcare and (2) expanding mental health promotion, prevention, and treatment and recovery programs.
The Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Medical Offices is not only a notable CULTIVATE project but also a CULTIVATE story of intentional, impactful facilities planning. Scheduled to open in late-2017, the facility is a cutting-edge, four-story medical office building complete with LEED Gold certification. The building includes spaces available to local community groups, green space, and two-mile walk path. The facility will be a part of the West Los Angeles Medical Center Service Area, and its world-class providers will serve over 50,000 members in the neighborhood.
Kaiser Permanente is also a leading sponsor for the Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) Program in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino regions. ICCC is national program designed to assist small businesses in economically-distressed areas build capacity for sustainable growth and, ultimately, position inner-city business for long-term success. The program distinguishes itself by educating inner city small business about the forms of capital and attendant capital providers.
In concert with Propel L.A.’s goal to build more livable communities, Kaiser Permanente’s involvement with ICCC and their addition of medical offices in the Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw area are investments in basic community infrastructure and application of piloting social impact bonding programs that bring more economic development activities to low-income communities.