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Kaiser Permanente Makes an Impact for Students with Disabilities

Kaiser Permanente is a member of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) Corporate Leadership Council and a 2017 NOD Leading Disability Employer.

Kaiser Permanente (No. 2 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) has partnered with the National Organization on Disability (NOD) to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities. Kaiser Permanente is both a member of the NOD Corporate Leadership Council and was named a 2017 NOD Leading Disability Employer.


One example of the company's commitment is Kaiser Permanente's internship program, in partnership with Project Search, which introduces young people with disabilities to various career paths. But it's not just the young interns who benefit. Ozzie Martinez, chief administrative officer at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center, also has seen a cultural shift as a result.

The students with disabilities "come in, and they're engaged, they're excited to learn, and I think ultimately what they've done is created environments where our teams have become better," says Martinez.

In the past six years, more than 80 percent of interns who've taken part in the internship program have received full-time jobs with benefits.

Watch the video from NBCLA's report

Learn more about the National Organization on Disability

Learn about career opportunities at Kaiser Permanente 

Kaiser Permanente: California Leaders Address Shortage of Mental Health Workers

"We — health care leaders, lawmakers, citizens, and educators — need to come together to tackle this issue, as the commission recommends, to put us on the right path to recruit, train, and retain more psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health workers who reflect the populations we serve."

Originally Published by Kaiser Permanente.

The California Future Health Workforce Commission issued its findings on the growing shortage of health care workers in California, including mental health professionals, in the face of steadily increasing demands for health care services throughout the state.

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Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Expands Programs in South LA Schools

The schools, which make up the district's Jordan-Locke Network of schools, will receive Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre's elementary programs by 2020.

(Originally published on Kaiserpermanente.org)

Thanks to a partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and Kaiser Permanente, 16 elementary schools in South LA are receiving enhanced education, family support, and community resources from an innovative source — live theatre.

The schools, which make up the district's Jordan-Locke Network of schools, will receive Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre's elementary programs by 2020, potentially reaching more than 9,500 students and their families.

These interactive programs strive to help children and adults make informed decisions about their health and boost their social skills, both of which help build stronger communities. Each production includes a school assembly performance, followed by student and parent workshops.

"This is such an exciting opportunity to continue to strengthen our partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District to inspire students and families living in South Los Angeles to make healthy choices," said Gerry Farrell, director, Educational Theatre.

Educational Theatre partners and consults with Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center therapists on its family programs. Students and parents also receive follow-up educational and community resources from the center. Kaiser Permanente offers individual and family counseling, educational therapy, and college preparation courses at the center, which has provided a unique community service and commitment to South Los Angeles for more than 50 years.

"All our Jordan-Locke Network schools are heavily impacted and don't have many resources," said Luis Heckmuller, instructional director, Local South District. "This partnership brings resources and overall awareness about health and social issues to our community, reaching both parents and students."

Enhancing children's lives

Kaiser Permanente collaborates with Los Angeles's school district to enhance children's lives in the Jordan-Locke Network in other ways. As a follow-up to the conflict management program, Educational Theatre returned to Weigand Avenue Elementary with its "Beat the Odds" program for students and teachers. This program uses drumming to build social and emotional skills.

Educational Theatre also provided the 10-week program, "Eat. Play. Live.," for parents and guardians at Barrett Elementary to provide them with tools and information to create healthier households and families.

A day of service

Additionally, Educational Theatre and Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center staff volunteers helped to complete Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service beautification projects in recent years at Jordan-Locke Network campuses. These projects included creating murals at Weigand Elementary and a library at BarrettElementary.

This year's MLK Day on January 21, 2019, featured something just as ambitious at 109th Street Elementary School: transforming a classroom into a new S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) lab, and creating an outdoor garden with murals.

"The MLK Day projects are so uplifting," Heckmuller said. "Kaiser Permanente is making it a priority to go to our underserved schools to provide services we otherwise would not have. Their ongoing commitment helps us create a more equitable community — and for that we are very thankful."

Check out this video for highlights of the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Barrett Elementary School.

Educational Theatre is a free Kaiser Permanente Community Health program that helps grades K through 12 students and their families in at-risk communities develop healthy, lifelong habits.

Visit Community Health to learn more about Kaiser Permanente's work in the community.

Kaiser Permanente: Improving Health Through Stable Housing

Kaiser Permanente initiatives strengthen affordable housing and health in the community.

Originally Published by Kaiser Permanente.

Three miles from Kaiser Permanente's national headquarters, an apartment building in a diverse neighborhood has provided affordable housing to residents of Oakland's San Antonio neighborhood for years.

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Kaiser Permanente Announces Three Initiatives to Improve Community Health by Tackling Housing Insecurity

Initiatives include preserving affordable housing in the Bay Area, anchoring a $100 million loan fund to protect affordable housing across Kaiser Permanente's footprint and an effort to house 500+ homeless in Oakland.

Originally Published by Kasier Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente today unveiled several major initiatives that will improve health outcomes by creating stable housing for vulnerable populations. The initiatives — including seeding a real estate investment in Oakland, anchoring a $100 million national loan fund for affordable housing and kicking off a plan to end homelessness for more than 500 Oakland-area residents — are part of a comprehensive strategy to advance the economic, social and environmental conditions for health in the communities that Kaiser Permanente serves.

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Kaiser Permanente: Basketball Dad Gets an Assist From Mechanical Heart Pump

Keith Childs is back in the game thanks to his Kaiser Permanente cardiac care team.

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Originally Published by Kaiser Permanente.

Keith Childs' condition was touch and go when he first met Barbara Amos, RN.

"He was probably about a month away from the end of his life, in a chair in the ICU attached to multiple pumps," said the clinical nurse specialist, who manages the Ventricular Assist Device Program for Kaiser Permanente in Oregon and Southern Washington.

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Kaiser Permanente: Improving Depression Through ‘Mindful Beauty’

"Many Black women don't seek professional treatment for mental health issues."

Originally Published by Kaiser Permanente.

Beauty shops have long served as neighborhood hubs where clients often feel comfortable sharing their personal stories with their hairstylists. An innovative program spearheaded by the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science will leverage those special bonds to help improve mental health and health equity in South Los Angeles.

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