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More About the Kaiser Family Foundation

Who We Are

A leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, the Kaiser Family Foundation is dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy.  Unlike grant-making foundations, Kaiser develops and runs its own research, journalism and communications programs, sometimes in partnership with other non-profit research organizations or major media companies.

We serve as a non-partisan source of facts, information, analysis, polling, and journalism for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. Our product is information, always provided free of charge — from the most sophisticated policy research, to basic facts and numbers, to in depth health policy news coverage provided by our news service, KHN, to information young people can use to avoid HIV or elderly people can use to understand their Medicare benefits.

The Kaiser Family Foundation is not associated with Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries.  We operate with resources we earn from managing our own endowment and funds we receive from foundations and other partners.

What We Do

The Foundation has many programs and a complex organizational chart, but essentially we do four things:

  1. We are a major producer of policy analysis and research ourselves. We serve as a trusted and independent expert voice and source of information in a U.S. health system dominated by commercial, political, and ideological interests; a place where people can turn for unbiased and non-partisan analysis, basic facts, and explanation of the biggest domestic and global health policy issues and public opinion shaping them.
  2. We are a “go to” clearinghouse of all the best health policy news and information for our audiences.
  3. We are a producer of in-depth health policy journalism through Kaiser Health News (KHN).  KHN, our nonprofit, editorially-independent news service, is committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. Our mission, through KHN, is to provide the highest quality coverage of health policy issues and developments at the federal and state levels and in the marketplace.
  4. We develop and help run large-scale, public health information campaigns in the U.S. in partnership with the nation’s largest media organizations, state and local health departments, corporations and community organizations.  The largest of these campaigns — Greater Than AIDS — focuses on the HIV epidemic in the U.S.