Since 2013, Kaiser Permanente has purchased and distributed thousands of books for children, families and adults free of charge as part of our commitment to improving the health of the communities we serve. We have distributed books about leadership, healthy habits and other wellness topics at no cost because we know that reading has long-term positive effects on health, including better sleep, lower stress levels, higher self-esteem and decreased rates of depression among readers vs. non-readers.
Since 2015, Kaiser Permanente has purchased Healthy Holly books and distributed them to families and children throughout Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. We have delivered books to back-to-school fairs, elementary schools, communities of faith and early childhood education and care centers, for example.
We purchased Healthy Holly books because we believe residents would be inspired by a book about health and wellness authored by a member of the Baltimore community.
Kaiser Permanente has been available to Baltimore City government employees since 1986. Our purchase of the Healthy Holly books nearly 30 years after being selected as one of the health plan providers for the city employees has no connection with our commitment to continue offering our care to Baltimore City government employees.
In light of the issues that have been raised, Kaiser Permanente is reviewing the process through which books are selected and procured. We will, of course, cooperate fully with any investigation of this matter.