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Economic opportunity

Inclusive economic growth is critical to both individual and community health. When there is a lack of economic opportunity in communities, the prospects for upward social mobility are diminished, resulting in poorer health and higher mortality rates in those communities. By contrast, economic growth and opportunity provide individuals with jobs, income, a sense of purpose, and opportunities to improve their economic circumstances over time.

Workforce development and health care career scholarships

Evidence shows that educational attainment often leads to better health and career outcomes: better jobs, higher earnings, and improved access to resources that reinforce health.

Kaiser Permanente is helping increase access to educational and career learning opportunities through scholarships, apprenticeships, and investments in a variety of workforce development strategies.

We also believe in developing a more culturally responsive health care workforce that mirrors the communities it serves. We start building that pipeline of talented and diverse health care professionals early with programs that introduce underrepresented high school students to careers in health care. And our health care career scholarships — such as our Medical Assistant Career Launch scholarship program with Seattle Colleges' vocational institute — provide financial assistance and wraparound support to empower community members to pursue careers in health care.

Corporate citizenship

Kaiser Permanente also recognizes that the way we do business can support economic opportunity in local communities by being intentional about how we hire, purchase, build our facilities, and partner with communities.

Here are some ways that we're helping revitalize and grow our communities by strengthening economic opportunity:

  • We use high-impact hiring and workforce pipeline efforts to provide good jobs to individuals facing barriers to employment.
  • We purchase goods and services from local minority- and women-owned businesses and we encourage good employment practices by our vendors.
  • We build facilities with an emphasis on positive local community impact, including local construction hiring, local and diverse purchasing, healthy and sustainable design, neighborhood revitalization, and deep community engagement.
  • We minimize our environmental impact by the way we power our facilities, purchase food, medical supplies and equipment, manage waste, and invest in our communities.

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