Since 1985, Kaiser Permanente, Colorado’s largest nonprofit health plan, has been innovative in using the arts to inspire people to make healthy choices. What started as a single play for elementary school children has become a series of award-winning theatrical productions, experiential learning workshops, and youth engagement initiatives for Coloradans of all ages. The arts have long been recognized by educators for their power to connect individuals, heal communities, raise awareness of public health issues.
We integrate the arts with multi-media technology and public health knowledge to improve the community health. Through the years, over three million people in Colorado have been reached by our free programs in the following areas:
Our high energy, interactive plays encourage youth to consider healthier options in their lives. Whether the subject is poor nutrition and inactivity or how to navigate social issues such as bullying, audiences learn about the benefits and consequences of their choices.
Our multi-talented facilitators create open dialogue to navigate social issues through story-telling, improvisational theatre techniques, and interactive exercises. Audiences come away with new perspectives on the health benefits of laughter and a greater understanding of the needs and health challenges of people with limited financial resources.
Youth Engagement Programs
Our Youth Engagement Team builds partnerships and coordinates initiatives to provide youth leaders the opportunities to create solutions to community health challenges. We mentor youth leaders to work side-by-side with adult professionals to create educational resources and innovative programs, and to pioneer policies that promote health where young people live, work, and learn.
Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit
Arts Integrated Resources is one component of Kaiser Permanente’s Community Benefit Department. Click here to learn about applying for our grants, our charity care policy, and our dues subsidy programs.