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Editor's Letter: Meeting the Moment

Woman wearing face shield checking a man's blood pressure while he sits in the passenger seat of a car

Alyssa Silva, a medical assistant student, performs a blood pressure check at a drive-up hypertension clinic in Northern California. The clinic is an example of how Kaiser Permanente is meeting the moment.

Partnership advances equity amid pandemic

This past year has been filled with pain and loss, from COVID-19 to the killing of George Floyd. These crises have been immense and intense.

But thanks to the tireless efforts of our entire workforce, we at Kaiser Permanente have responded to meet the moment of today’s historic challenges.

This issue looks at how our Labor Management Partnership has addressed systemic racism amid the pandemic, advancing equity in care and in the workplace.

Kaiser Permanente and the Partnership unions believe in equity and inclusion for all, and are committed to delivering affordable, high-quality care and service. As we move along on our journey to equity for all, we’re highlighting examples of this work across our Partnership.

Our cover story focuses on unit-based teams working to minimize health care disparities for the most vulnerable among us, from improving maternal-child health to treating diabetes and high blood pressure. You’ll also find resources to foster workforce and health equity.

Read about teams cultivating an inclusive workplace. See how physicians play a key role in partnership, and how our education and training resources are expanding opportunities for employees to advance their careers.

Try our puzzles and games to explore elements of equity. View our SuperScrubs comic for a thought-provoking take on the topic. And don’t miss our back cover for an inspirational quote from our chairman and CEO, Greg A. Adams.

Let’s build on these examples and commit to actions we can take to advance equity and partnership. Kaiser Permanente, and the members and communities we serve, will be better for it. 

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