Kaiser Permanente is pleased to provide this new web-based resource to our communities as a way to support you in facilitating community health needs assessments and fostering fruitful community collaboration. We hope you will use this resource to understand what is really driving health in our communities and to prioritize those issues that require our most urgent attention. Most importantly, we hope you will use this site to inform investment strategies and community actions that can make a real difference in the health of our patients, clients, constituents and neighbors in the communities we all serve.
For over 65 years, Kaiser Permanente has been dedicated to providing high quality, affordable health care services and to improving the health of our members and the communities we serve. During that time, we have come to rely on community health needs assessments as a valuable tool for understanding the health needs and resources in our communities, to support engagement of a wide variety of community members to address pressing health needs, and to inform us as we develop approaches to effective community investments.
By providing this platform as a community asset, we hope to make the needs assessment process more efficient, freeing up precious community resources to focus on dialogue, discernment and action planning instead of the conduct of data analysis. We also hope this resource will increase the power of these assessments. This resource includes a focused set of community health indicators that highlight “key drivers” of health, allowing us to understand what is driving health in particular neighborhoods at a fine geographic unit of analysis. The platform also provides capacity for mapping and creating tables that use a wide variety of data to develop a rich picture of our communities’ needs as well as their assets.
We invite you to explore this resource and provide us with feedback about your experience so that we can better tailor it to support your work and make improvements moving forward.
We also invite you to consider how this resource can help all of us discover new ways of working together to meet the needs of our communities.
Wishing you good health and joyful collaboration,
Pamela Schwartz, Senior Director for Community Health Impact and Learning
Loel Solomon, Vice President, Community Health