At Kaiser Permanente, we know that when we build health into the places where we live, work, and play, we can increase prevention and help people live healthier lives. This month, we announced the launch of Thrive Local, the most comprehensive, far-reaching social health network of its kind. Kaiser Permanente is partnering with Unite Us to connect health care and social services providers to address the pressing social needs including housing, food, safety, utilities and more for millions of people across the United States.
With an ambitious timeline, the new Thrive Local networks will start rolling out summer 2019, with the program launch for Mid-Atlantic States in 2020. Within three years, it will be available to all of Kaiser Permanente’s 12.3 million members and the 68 million people in the communities Kaiser Permanente serves. These communities’ health care providers and caregivers will have unparalleled capabilities to seamlessly match an individual’s social needs with the appropriate services from within a robust network of nonprofit, public, and private resources.
How It Works: Identify, Connect, and Track
- A Kaiser Permanente staff member or community partner will identify someone with a social need. They will search Thrive Local’s online resource directory for community resources to assist the individual.
- The individual receives the community resource referral.
- Thrive Local tracks the referrals with community partners.
- Data from Thrive Local is used by health care systems and community partners to better understand a community’s social needs.
For more information about Thrive Local, please see the national press release on About KP.