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Kaiser Permanente, a nonprofit, group practice integrated health plan founded in 1945 and headquartered in Oakland, Calif. serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia. It encompasses the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the for-profit Permanente Medical Groups.
Kaiser Permanente’s tradition of social mission and Community Benefit activities provide a solid foundation for meeting the complex health care challenges we face today. Unlike most health organizations, Kaiser Permanente has a diverse portfolio of Community Benefit investments, services, and funding – $1 billion in 2007 – ranging from research and education to participation in public and private programs for the underserved, to grant support for community-based organizations. Eighty-four percent of these contributions applied to health care for vulnerable populations, including partnerships with community and safety-net organizations, and providing direct coverage to low-income families.
Kaiser Permanente has long supported diversity, and encouraged the empowerment of women within our organization and in our communities. Seventy-four percent of Kaiser Permanente’s workforce are women, for example, as are 39 percent of our physicians, 67 percent of leaders and managers, and 35.7 percent of our board of directors.
With the economic changes we now face, it is more important than ever to come together to find creative solutions to the serious and complex human, social, and economic issues that challenge us. The mission of The Women’s Conference fits well with Kaiser Permanente’s mission and we are proud to support The Women’s Conference as it seeks to empower and inspire women to become architects of change. The Women’s Conference offers a unique opportunity for thousands of women to join with leaders, dignitaries, and others who envision what an empowered world can and will be, and pave the way to diminish disparities and enrich the quality of life and health for women, and for everyone.
Kaiser Permanente is dedicated and committed to continue creating an environment of diversity and empowerment as we work to bring total health in body, mind, and spirit to our members, our physicians and employees, and to our communities. “It would be impossible for us to improve the health of the communities we serve if we didn’t recognize and support the diversity in those communities,” said George Halvorson, chief executive officer and chairman of the board, Kaiser Permanente. “For us, diversity is not an add-on agenda, but a core business principle, and the diversity of our members and staff is a reflection of our success.”
For more information, visit http://www.kaiserpermanente.org or the Kaiser Permanente News Center online.