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Community Medicine

Our Community

Who do we serve?

Kaiser Permanente is an integrated health care delivery system comprised of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals (KFH), Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP), and physicians in the Permanente Medical Groups. KP San Jose serves the largest Spanish-speaking population of all Northern California Kaiser locations. Our patient population is made up of patients who are Hispanic/Latino (32.5%), Asian (29.6%) and White (34.2%). Our service area consists of 8.7% living in poverty (<100% FPL), 11% of children in poverty, 2.6% unemployment, 7.9% uninsured and 15% of adults do not have a high school diploma. Our facility, through Community Benefits, works to address Access to Care, Behavioral Health, Healthy Eating/Active Living, and Housing/Homelessness. We have several community partnerships with School Health Clinics, Gardner Heath Services, AACI, Stanford, Sacred Heart and Mentoring in Medicine and Science.


Where do our residents rotate?

Washington Neighborhood Health Clinic 

This clinic is part of School Health Clinics of Santa Clara County and is in the middle of San Jose. This FQHC predominately serves a Latino/a population. Our PGY1s and PGY2s rotate every Thursday.

Asian American for Community Involvement

AACI is one of the largest community-based organizations serving the marginalized and vulnerable ethnic communities in San Jose, with a special focus on refugee care. Our PGY3s will rotate here every Friday and we have recently expanded to include our PGY2s.


This clinic is part of Gardner Health Services and is in downtown San Jose. This FQHC opens on Fridays exclusively for our PGY3s, who provide care for our patients experiencing housing insecurity.

Planned Parenthood

Our residents rotate with PPH during their community medicine rotation and have the opportunity to choose this location as an elective.

Protected Volunteer Time

Giving back is deeply integrated into our residency. All residents are provided protected time to volunteer at a variety of local organizations, including Second Harvest, Sacred Heart, St. Joseph’s, etc.

Pathway Programs

Our residency recognizes the importance of increasing diversity in medicine for the betterment of all. As such, we work diligently to provide support for a variety of pathway programs at several levels of education and are continuously working to expand. We lead our local Kaiser Permanente Summer Careers Pathways Program (SCPP), a high school program that increases exposure to careers in healthcare for underrepresented students in San Jose. We also work closely with the Stanford Summer Community College Premedical Program (SSCCPP), which focuses on talented and motivated community college students interested in medicine by immersing them through a variety of personal and professional development experiences. Several of our residents and faculty participate as mentors through various mentorship programs, including Mentorship in Medicine and Science (MIMS) and the Kaiser Permanente/Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Clinical Shadowing and Mentorship Program (CSMP).


We have faculty and resident representatives in our local CAFP chapter. We also provide time for our residents to attend the annual AMAM. In addition, we encourage our residents to get involved in advocacy, by participating in other lobby days, writing op-eds, etc.

Global Health

Our global health rotation is scheduled for all PGY3s to participate in the KP Global Health Program at the same time. We have a long-standing relationship with Cacha Medical Spanish Institute (Cacha-MSI) in Riobamba, Ecuador.

The Kaiser Permanente Global Health program provides TPMG physicians, KP residents and other health care providers an opportunity to serve above and beyond their professional roles within Kaiser Permanente by contributing to the health of those living in low-resource communities. Our partnerships with nonprofit global health organizations help physicians make critical connections between global social and healthcare issues and their local communities, including the health effects of poverty, migration, climate change, emerging infectious disease, and access to healthcare. These experiences add depth and breadth to the clinical capacity of our physicians, and in the process improve the care they provide to our local and global communities.

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