Our status as a nonprofit organization sets us apart from many other health insurance plans and allows us to live our mission which includes improving the health of the communities we serve.
Our investments in the health of Colorado communities are about more than money – they’re about the dedication of our 7,100 physicians and employees, and the strength of our partnerships.
Investing in Results
In 2015, we relied on our Community Health Needs Assessment to guide our investment of $124 million, which includes $10 million through a donor advised fund with The Denver Foundation.
Here are a few examples of how we’re collaborating with community partners:
• To address food insecurity we’re working with 13 grant partners and a budget of $1 million to increase enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and access to food for low-income children through Summer Food Service Programs.
• To address physical activity we’re working with grant partners to increase the number of individuals who walk, bike, or wheelchair roll for transportation by providing more access to safe and accessible routes to neighborhood destinations.
• To address behavioral health in schools our $1.5 million in grants are expected to improve and promote social and emotional wellness prevention programs and address behavioral health needs to improve learning outcomes for every student.
Our employees give back to Colorado through company supported community service and our gift-matching employee giving campaign. Contributions from our 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service include 110,600 Coloradans served by 565 employee volunteers. Contributions from our employee giving campaign in 2015 totaled $841,695 which includes donations from 484 employees and company matched funds.
We further support community needs through sponsorships and board placements to improve economic vitality and community health. An example is sponsorship of the Colfax Marathon which this year included 18,000 registered runners and donations of $30,000 to charity.
We continue to learn and educate. We work to better understand and eliminate health disparities. And, we use the arts to promote greater community health.
Arts Integrated Resources (AIR)
For more than 30 years, we’ve integrated the creative arts as a strategy for educating and inspiring people to make healthy choices. More than three million Coloradans have increased their knowledge and awareness of healthy solutions through award-winning educational theatre, youth engagement projects, and experiential learning. The arts have long been recognized for their power to heal communities. In 2015, AIR offered 822 programs in 35 school districts reaching 160,719 youth and 22,446 adults. Learn about free school programs at kp.org/artsintegratedresources.
General Medical Education
We advance health through research, education, and training. Our research teams have contributed significant findings in health care knowledge. We share this knowledge by translating findings into clinical practice, educating practitioners, empowering consumers, and keeping policy makers informed.
We also train the workforce of tomorrow on care delivery, equity, and health disparities. In 2015, we invested $9.8 million in training, workforce development, and education.
Improving equitable access to health care is fundamental to our mission. We make health care affordable through innovative Charitable Health Coverage programs and traditional charity care. We also participate in public programs such as Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus.
Safety Net Partnerships
Working closely with community health centers, public hospitals, and health advocacy groups we share knowledge and expertise to improve and expand services. We provide technical assistance, education, and financial support. We build Safety Net capacity through workforce development, quality improvement, and clinical consultants.
Care Equity Project (CEP)
CEP assists community health care providers improve health equities for patients living with limited financial resources. CEP changes health care delivery by personalizing the type of care, promoting empathetic care, and enriching the quality and hospitality of care.