Hank q1q2-2021

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Equity for All

In a sunny backyard, a Black mom holds hands with her young daughter, who is sitting with her brother in the lap of their dad.

Mid-Atlantic States team efforts have helped increase breastfeeding rates for Black moms such as Kathleen Fulp, pictured with husband Donald, daughter Savannah and son Ellington. 

Teams answer the call to address care gaps

“Everyone must put on their leadership hat. It doesn’t relate to title or overall responsibility —  it’s what you control and influence from where you stand,” said Ronald Copeland, MD, senior vice president and chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer, at the National Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Virtual Conference Series in October.

The Labor Management Partnership is designed to foster leaders at every level, to encourage everyone to use their voice and add their ideas to solving the challenges at hand. As our nation and our organization seek new ways to advance equity and diversity — including equity in health care — doing the right thing has never been more important.

“Action matters more than passion, and impact matters more than intent,” Dr. Copeland said. “It’s great to say, ‘I want everybody to achieve equity and inclusion,’ but we have to do the actions that make that occur.”

See equity in action in this issue of Hank with inspiring actions taken by 4 unit-based teams from across the organization. Together, their commitment to achieving equitable outcomes in maternal-child health, and in treating diabetes and high blood pressure, is reshaping what culturally sensitive care looks like for thousands of our members and patients.


Team Members - ColorTake Action: Foster Workforce and Health Equity

Kaiser Permanente is committed to systemic change to achieve equity and inclusion for our frontline workers, managers, physicians, members and the communities we serve. Learn more about KP’s equity efforts:

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