General Information

Economic Stability

Recognizing the connection between people’s finances (income, cost of living and socioeconomic status) and their health, California’s hospitals have developed innovative community-based programs and activities that address key issues such as poverty, food insecurity, housing instability and homelessness, vocational training, and employment and income.



Bay Area Regional Help Desk Consortium: Increasing the effectiveness of local clinic-based social screening and assistance programs by offering a regional approach to help desk implementation.


Meet Each Need With Dignity (MEND): San Fernando Valley social service agency that works to relieve the effects of poverty by providing basic human needs, as well as tools to achieve self-reliance through job skills training, computer classes, English as a Second Language classes, and youth enrichment.

Undergraduates Tackle Health Inequity in the Emergency Room: Screening patients and connecting them to local resources through the Stanford Health Advocacy and Research in the Emergency Department, or SHARED. 



Excelsior Community Food Pantry: Distributing free groceries to San Francisco families — a partnership of Jewish Home San Francisco and Mission Bay Community Church, in collaboration with the San Francisco – Marin Food Bank and the Excelsior community.


FISH Food Pantry: Providing an emergency food pantry and case management services serving Los Angeles County.


Hospital Awards Grants to Expand Access to Healthy Food: Through $1.2 million in grants from Kaiser Permanente, supporting a range of programs to increase access to healthy food, provide nutrition education and develop healthy food policies that will benefit an estimated 14.5 million people.


Hospital Donates to Local Food Banks: Enabling local food banks to serve healthy meals to those in need through a donation of more than $250,000 from Sutter Health.


Mobile Fresh Program: Distributing fresh produce to Tracy and Mountain House area residents who wouldn’t otherwise have access to fruits and vegetables.



COACH for Kids and Their Families: Mobile medical units providing no-cost health and social services to underserved communities across 28 zip codes in Los Angeles.


Community Care Navigator Program: Connecting Fullerton’s homeless patients to resources, including outpatient medical care, transportation, social security, sobriety programs, mental health services or housing, food and other needs.

Holy Cross Center for Women: Offering daytime shelter, counseling and referral services, education and skills training, clothing, laundry and shower facilities, social activities and youth summer programs in Fresno.


Holy Cross Clinic: Providing meals, socials services, temporary shelter, and free medical and dental services to the poor and homeless in Fresno.


Homeless Adolescent and Young Adult Wellness Clinic: Delivering free comprehensive medical care, psychological counseling, case management and health education services for runaway and homeless youth in the Los Angeles area.


Homeless Community Care Navigation Program: Connecting homeless patients in the emergency department at St. Jude’s Medical Center in Fullerton to outpatient medical care and a variety of social services.


Homeless Navigation Program: Connects patients to community resources, freeing up the emergency department for acute care needs and helping homeless patients get on the path to stable, secure housing and improved well-being.


Homeless Recuperative Care Program: Giving homeless individuals in San Joaquin County a safe place to complete their medical recovery after being released from a hospital.


Interim Care Program: Providing temporary respite and recovery for homeless patients in the Sacramento area who are healthy enough to be discharged from a hospital, but have no housing alternative.


Medical Respite Center: Offering medical respites services for the homeless Monterey County.


Mobile Clinic: Mobile health clinic serving the homeless population in Monterey County.  


Rescue Mission Project: Addressing the critical needs of homeless individuals in San Diego who are newly released from the hospital yet still requiring medical attention.


Restoration House: Providing transitional housing for vulnerable members of the Clearlake community.


Street Nurse Program: Supplying on-demand care to the medically fragile homeless population in Sacramento.


Ukiah Street Medicine Program: Bringing health care to homeless individuals in the Ukiah area through a street medicine program.



A-Visions Vocational Training Program: Helping people receiving mental health treatment in the San Diego area with vocational training, potentially leading to a greater level of independence.


Bridge to Employment Program: Inspiring youth ages 14-18 from disadvantaged communities in the San Diego area to stay in school, excel academically and elevate their career aspirations.


Careers in Health and Mentorship Program: Helping young adults in Los Angeles gain practical experience for entry-level careers in health administration.


FACES for the Future: Preparing at-risk high school students from City Heights in San Diego for careers that offer livable wages and upward mobility.


KP Launch: Diversifying the Future of Health Care: Offering young adults a variety of paid internship opportunities in Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland headquarters and medical offices across Northern California.


Youth Employment and Development Program: Offering high school students in Southern California an opportunity to access invaluable mentoring and hospital work experience while earning wages that can help them pay for college.