Kaiser Permanente Sets Its Sights on Meeting Social Needs
June 17, 2019
Asserting that safe housing, balanced meals, transportation and other coordinated social supports will help optimize the health and well-being of its individual plan members as well as the communities in which they live, Kaiser Permanente on June 4 launched its national Thrive Local program first in its Northwest Region. That same day, to drive the point home, Kaiser Permanente released national survey findings on unmet social needs. Overall, 68% of respondents said they experienced at least one unmet social need in the past year, 28% said an unmet social need was a barrier to their health care, and 21% prioritized paying for food or rent over seeing a doctor or getting medication.