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Editor's Letter: The Power of Partnership

Health care worker wearing face shield takes a patient's temperature

At the vaccination tent at Kaiser Permanente South San Francisco Medical Cente, Susana Quong, a medical assistant and SEIU-UHW member takes the temperature of her fellow union member Laila Mallari, a lab assistant.

Partnership helps provide a shot in the arm

It’s summertime, and the living has been far from easy.

The past year-plus has seen a global pandemic, social unrest and political turmoil.

But signs of hope are emerging.

Vaccines are helping to turn the tide against COVID-19. As we move forward, the Labor Management Partnership has played a key part in supporting vaccinations. Our cover story highlights how labor-doctor huddles and community collaborations have helped get more shots in arms — and provides tips for boosting vaccine confidence and increasing inoculations.

See our Humans of Partnership, where employees share heartfelt stories of why they got vaccinated. It’s OK if you cry.

With conditions improving, many nonclinical employees are preparing to return to the office. Our Q&A with a licensed clinical social worker offers advice about how you and your teams can reduce stress related to the transition.

When it comes to advancing the Partnership, LMPartnership.org offers more than 700 tools to help you and your teams complete your performance improvement work. See our guide to finding the right tool, along with links to a few of our favorites.

Meanwhile, Washington has become the newest region to join the Labor Management Partnership. Watch a video in which team members share their hopes about working in partnership.

Also, don’t miss our puzzles and games for reminders of how to protect you and your family against COVID-19. And check out our back cover for convenient ways to fill and manage your prescriptions.

Lastly, the movie “Back to the Future” — a summertime release — inspired our front cover. As we reflect on the pandemic, we thank you for your partnership. Such collaboration offers hope for a healthier future.

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