This Week in Total Health: Building for Health

This week, the Center for Total Health met with people designing for total health, whether it’s designing spaces for public health or for a city that supports its residents and their economic health.

Office of Deputy Mayor For Planning and Economic Development - Business Development & Strategy

Office of DC’s Deputy Mayor For Planning and Economic Development – Business Development & Strategy

Health Design Workshop with Green Health Partnership

Health Design Workshop with Green Health Partnership

Sarah Baldauf from George Washington University's Milken School of Public Health

Sarah Baldauf from George Washington University’s Milken School of Public Health

To see all the pictures from this week, check out the full album.

Better Together Health, with Council of Accountable Physician Practices

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Innovations in chronic care were featured in the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) event at the Center for Total Health on June 15.

Hosted by The Permanente Medical Group Executive Director and CEO Robert Pearl, MD, the event was keynoted by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA), co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee’s Chronic Care Working Group. A lively panel discussion moderated by Ceci Connolly, President and CEO of the Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP), included patient stories that highlight the importance of care coordination and patient engagement in managing chronic conditions. Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s “complete care” diabetes program was featured through a member video and a description from Dr. Marc Klau, SCPMG Assistant Regional Medical Director for Education, Learning and Leadership. Tim Gronninger of CMS also gave remarks and joined the panel for questions.

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The Council of Accountable Physician Practices also released its second annual poll of patients and physicians, which measures patient expectations, use of technology enabled care, and the pace of progress in bring “high tech, high touch” care to patients while making it easy for physicians and the care team to provide.

Two Weeks in Total Health: We’ve Been Busy!

The week of May 16 kicked off with a two-day Ragan Public Relations (@RaganComms) Measurement Summit. One of the most important tasks we have as a health organization is communicating with our patients, providers, employees, and suppliers about health, and there was much to learn from colleagues from all types of companies — from AARP to NASCAR.

On Wednesday, May 18, Health Affairs (@Health_Affairs) hosted The Future of Individual and Small Group Markets, a forum on the sustainability of these markets and potential changes to market regulations. Kaiser Permanente’s own Kitty Guptill, senior vice president, strategic market planning, participated in the event as an expert.

Kitty Guptill, Senior Vice President, Strategic Market Planning at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, presents during the Health Affairs Forum

Kitty Guptill, senior vice president, strategic market planning at Kaiser Permanente, presents during the Health Affairs Forum on the Future of Individual and Small Group Markets on May 18, 2016.

See photos of the rest of the week here.

The week Of May 23 started with a roundtable meeting of industry experts hosted by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (@NCQA). NCQA convenes this group representing companies that have a stake in its work as an evaluator of health plan and clinical quality throughout the year.

NCQA Industry Council

NCQA Industry Council Members

The rest of the week has been dedicated to much-needed technology and facility maintenance projects. Though it might seem like a light week, these projects have kept us quite busy.


Help Us Write Our Veteran’s Story

dominiquwOn Memorial Day, we recognize and honor our fallen soldiers, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We also thank those who have returned home forever changed. At the Center for Total Health, we remember veterans every day with one of our personas, Dominique.

When we refreshed the content at the center last summer, we added several sculptures to represent a diverse set of individuals and their total health stories. Some of their stories were fully written, but some we decided to leave open and have our guests help us write. Dominique is one of those. So, even if you are unable to visit the center, we’d love to hear what you think her personal story is, in terms of her health and in general.

In the comments section below, share your ideas with us.

  • What do you think is on her mind? Is she worried? Optimistic? Determined? Depressed?
  • Does she look healthy?
  • How do you see her, beyond her amputation?

We’ll compile your ideas with those we’ve heard from hundreds of visitors since last September to write a formal story for Dominique. There is no wrong answer or bad idea!

This Week in Total Health: Keeping it in the KP Family

This week, the Center for Total Health team got to spend time with hundreds of our Kaiser Permanente colleagues. The week began with training sessions for DC and Maryland area Ambulatory Surgery physicians, nurses, clinicians, and staff. It was a thrill to get to spend some time with these incredible people.

We also welcomed colleagues from Kaiser Permanente’s Health Plan Institute, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, and the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Health Policy. These groups reminded us of the incredible, diverse, and passionate people working to serve our members every day.


Colleagues from Kaiser Permanente’s Health Plan Institute & Kaiser Permanente Ventures visit the CTH Farmers Market


This Week in Total Health: Championing the Future

As we tend to do, we hosted leaders who look ahead. The Accelerated Leadership Development Program came to the Center to see how the Washington, DC environment impacts their work in health, with an additional special guest Armond Kinsey, who’s the Director of Diversity, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States.

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This week was also the American College of Physicians Internal Medicine Meeting 2016, held in Washington, DC, which brought additional champions of the future our way, including Priya Radhakrishnan, MD, from the Practice Innovation Institute, in Phoenix, Arizona. Always here to learn and to teach.

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See all of the photos from this week here.

CEO Roundtable Policy Summit 2016


On April 29, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health hosted a policy summit convened by the American Heart Association’s CEO Roundtable. The CEO Roundtable represents 26 CEOs, including Bernard J. Tyson, from some of America’s largest corporations and organizations that have joined together to create and sustain a culture of health and well-being in the workplace by collaborating on best practices and measurable new strategies for employee engagement. Together through the AHA’s CEO Roundtable, these CEOs are leading by example to collectively engage their nearly eight million employees and family members, along with countless other community members, to improve health by making simple behavior changes that produce significant results.

Attendees at the CEO Roundtable Policy Summit


While many companies offer workplace health programs, program quality and outcomes data vary, so there are unanswered questions about the most cost-effective strategies to improve employee health and well-being. Technological advances in “big data” are opening new frontiers in generating deeper insights about what works and why. That’s why the CEO Roundtable was developed as a leadership collaborative dedicated to evidence-based approaches to workplace health and employee engagement.

The policy summit focused on issues critical to improving the health of our Nation’s workforce. Discussion included the policy implication of current wellness related tax issues and legislation, effective incentive design, the role of workplace culture and leadership, developing and promoting best practices for data privacy.

The summit included national thought leaders Judith Feder and Kevin Hassett to discuss policy and the political landscape for employer sponsored healthcare for 2016 and beyond. Judith Feder is an Urban Institute fellow, a professor of public policy and, from 1999 to 2008, was dean of what is now the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. A nationally recognized leader in health policy, she has made her mark on the nation’s health insurance system through both scholarship and public service. Kevin Hassett is the State Farm James Q. Wilson Chair in American Politics and Culture at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Before joining AEI, Hassett was a senior economist at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and an associate professor of economics and finance at Columbia (University) Business School. He served as a policy consultant to the US Department of the Treasury during the George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton administrations.

Shane Doucet, Principal from Williams and Jensen, moderated the day’s conversation. Over the last 15 years, Shane has represented clients in a variety of areas including health care, public pensions, law enforcement, and high-tech. Shane has also moderated panels comprised of top union, business and trade association representatives on the impact of health reform and has been a featured speaker for over 250 CFOs on health and wellness provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

For more information on the American Heart Association’s workplace health solutions, visit

This Week in Total Health

This week, the Center hosted a three day private board meeting, so we’re a little light on photos. Behind the scenes, though, it was an exciting an active week.

We did have an amazing visit from Leadership America – Leadership Women (@LeadershipAmer), a great organization connecting women in leadership roles across states, ages, and industries. Talk about innovation!

Leadership America

Leadership America Visits CTH

Community Catalyst (@HealthPolicyHub) also visited to learn about the center as they consider an consumer-facing center of their own. Such an exciting time and so glad to be helpful to others beginning this journey.

Community Catalyst

Community Catalyst

To see or download photos from this week, visit our Flickr page.

This Week in Total Health: The End of an Era

As another busy week comes to a close at the Center for Total Health, our team would like to first take a moment to thank Yen Greene (@YenGreene), who has been with us for almost five years, for all of her hard work and dedication. She’s a remarkable person and colleague, and though she isn’t going far, she will be missed. Our loss is Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atantic’s gain.

On Thursday, the Center for Health Design hosted Health Design Insights, an evening for health care architects and designers. The featured speakers were Jeff Shub, MD, of GapingVoid (@gapingvoid); Patrick Schultz, AIA, EDAC, LEED, AP, of HKS Architects (@HKSArchitects); and Barbara Huelat, FASID, AAID, EDAC, of Huelat Davis (@HuelatDavis). As always, it’s inspiring to witness a group of people dedicating their incredible talents and intelligence to the health of others.

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Center for Health Design – Health Design Insights

As those who have been to the center might know, we installed a pedestrian counter outside along the Metropolitan Branch Trail to track pedestrian traffic as part of a network of counters across Washington, DC. (Learn more about that project here.) This week, the counter got a new battery (thank you, Tracy Hadden Loh!).

New battery for the EcoCounter pedestrian counter

New battery for the EcoCounter pedestrian counter

Find all of this week’s pictures here. And, for posterity, some of our favorite pictures of Yen over the years. Thanks for all the laughs, Yen!


Even in Health, Money Talks

Last November, the  Center for Total Health commissioned a survey exploring the factors that comprise total health, as well as the barriers to achieving it. Responses from over 1,200 people of all ages and demographics made clear that stress and finances are the key factors impacting total health.

An individual’s financial situation ranked third with our respondents, behind physical and mental health, as a contributor to theirsmall infograph total health. In fact, 75 percent of survey respondents said that their financial situation is “very important” to their total health. Moreover, they believe that an improved financial situation would reduce their stress and improve their access to medical care.

In addition, respondents list stress as one of the main barriers to total health. Over 40 percent list stress from family or work as a hinderance to their total health. More than 40 percent of respondents thought that insurance-provided  stress management programs would be a key to managing stress.

For more details about the report, click here.

Kaiser Permanente also provides resources on stress at