National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention

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On June 20, the Center for Total Health welcomed the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), the nation’s public-private partnership championing suicide prevention as a national priority, for their biannual executive committee meeting.  They covered an array of topics around suicide prevention including:

  • aligning the national response to suicide to achieve the national goal to reduce the suicide rate 20% by 2025
  • transforming community-based suicide prevention
  • changing the national conversations about suicide and suicide prevention to ones that promote hope, recovery, and resiliency
  • identifying opportunities for the public and private sectors to come together to prevent suicide and advance suicide prevention efforts

Executive committee member and director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Anne Schuchat, said the CDC is working towards enhancing existing morbidity and mortality tracking systems to improve data collection around the issue of suicide. Kaiser Permanente has been a member of the Action Alliance EXCOM since 2015 and is active in the Action Alliance’s initiative to Transform Health Systems to Reduce Suicide and implementation of the Action Alliance’s Zero Suicide initiative.

The Action Alliance – established in 2010 – aims to champion suicide prevention as a national priority, catalyze efforts of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, and cultivate resources to sustain progress. The Action Alliance’s Executive Committee, representing senior leaders from diverse private and public sector groups, is the driving force of the Action Alliance by providing strategic direction to advance this important work.  Learn more about the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health supports organizations that are working towards preventing suicide in communities.  All events– annual banquet, quarterly meeting, training, interviews, etc—follow the Healthy Meeting Tools.  The Center for Total Health Staff thrive to create an environment that is both fun and informative.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

Here’s What Happened in June at the Center

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If you haven’t visited the Center for Total Health recently, June kicked off this summer with plenty of exciting events.  In addition to the usual health-focused meetings such the National Academy of Social Insurance Gala, IAEE’s Inaugural Educational Event, the Road to Zero Coalition, and the  Healthcare Anchor Network, the center hosted its first gala of the year and several large health care networking receptions.  Other events this month included:

  • The National Collaborative on Education and Health steering committee convened at the center to develop the strategic plan for next year of the National Collaborative’s work. This meeting will brought together health and education leaders from across the country to discuss new opportunities surrounding student health while identifying and advancing strategies to create healthier school environments that Kaiser Permanente advocates for in all communities.
  • The DC Primary Care Association met to develop a Learning Community amongst participating health centers to achieve the highest quality care for facilities with high consumer usage. The Learning Community includes external partners such as DC hospitals, Social Service providers, and DC Medicaid. In addition, DCPCA has contracted with the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) to facilitate the Learning Community.
  • The Team Coaching Toolbox Gathering was held to broaden the community of medical practitioners and leaders to use team development and team coaching in their medical centers. The Toolbox provided an opportunity for participants to share and introduce their work and listen to several guests’ presenters during the gathering.
  • The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Executive Committee Meeting was held to cover an array of topics around suicide prevention and mental health awareness. Guests listened to several keynote speakers from the executive committee and were able to ask these individuals questions surrounding the Alliance’s future plans and current initiatives.

Several internal departments utilized the center as a backdrop for Kaiser Permanente’s Life Care Planning team and Workforce health team.  Some special guests that stopped by this month included government officials such as former Senator Bob Dole and current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, Dr. Anne Schuchat.  For our guests, two new health observances were highlighted in our bus stop display this June—Men’s Health Month & National Headache/Migraine Month.

As always, we were happy to host and welcomed students, health care leaders, health organization representatives, medical professionals and other guests for tours of our interactive and educational facility.

If you are interested in learning more about hosting events at the Center for Total Health, simply complete an event request form on our website.  We would be happy to help you design a healthy, interactive event in our customizable space that will achieve your meeting goals. 

 

IAEE Inaugural Evening Educational Event

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The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health recently welcomed the D.C. Chapter of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events’ (IAEE) for an Inaugural Evening Educational event on Thursday, June 22. It focused on the importance of achieving work-life balance.

The event was kicked off by Priya Saha, a Kaiser Permanente workforce health consultant, whose interactive presentation – “Cultivating Resiliency for Total Well-Being” – walked IAEE members and other guests through ways to practice mindful meditation and tips for personalizing stress relieving activities.

Following the presentation, guests were invited to participate in several activities stationed around the Center.  A popular activity for the night was the “Dodgewall”, a full-body interactive video game displayed on the Center’s large screen.  Additional activities included a healthy smoothie station with a balance of fruits and vegetables in the mix; a heart healthy red wine and dark chocolate dessert bar, as well as  the center’s own Active Rejuvenation Station – a creative use of video gaming for Instant Recess breaks used by guests of the center during day-long meetings.

IAEE organizers were greatly appreciative of the center for hosting the inaugural evening educational event.  Below are some testimonials from the members.

  • “I’ve been to several IAEE luncheon events and I have to say that the Kaiser [Permanente Center for Total Health] venue and event was the best I’ve attended.” Kim Bercovitz, President & Chief Exercise Officer of Bytes
  • “…tremendously successful Inaugural Evening Education Event. THAT’S what a great event looks like…Well done…Looking forward to next year.” Julie Sullivan, Chair of Sponsorships for the D.C. Chapter and National Sales Manager for Fern

If you are within the D.C. area and work in the event planning industry, please visit the IAEE D.C. Chapter website.  To learn more about hosting an event at the center, please visit our events and tours web page to schedule or tour or to find out more about how the center can help plan a healthier event for your special meeting.

If you are looking to host an event – whether a small meeting, set of interviews, or elaborate gala – the Center for Total Health provides a perfect venue for highlighting innovation in health and how healthcare is delivered. Our staff will work with you on how to create a healthier meeting that is both fun and informative. We have a wide array of event options to make the most out of your gathering. Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event – and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If you are interested in planning an event, please send us an event request via our website.  We look forward to hosting you!

 

Create Your Life Care Plan Now

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We all try to prepare for life’s major events but, if you suddenly became injured or ill, would you be prepared?  Kaiser Permanente offers a service called Life Care Planning that helps members reflect on their values and beliefs and document future health care decisions in an Advance Directive. This type of planning can help prepare your loved ones to honor your wishes.

Deborah Ahren and Lorraine Griesbach, both with the Mid-Atlantic States Kaiser Permanente Life Care Planning Faculty, said “[Life Care Planning] is important for everyone to start thinking about…you never know what could happen such as a car accident or a stroke. Life often throws curve balls on which the unexpected happens. It is best to be prepared.”

Here are some valuable tips from the Life Care Planning team on planning for your future health care needs:

  1. Remember to express YOUR values, hopes and priorities in every decision you make in creating your Life Care Plan.
  2.   Select someone you trust, such as a spouse or relative, to be your Health Care Agent and speak for you if you become unable to make health care decisions.  Always choose someone you trust to honor your wishes, such as a spouse or relative. Be sure to go over your advance directive with them verbally and in writing.
  3.  Share your advance directive with your physician or health care provider verbally and in writing so they are aware of your desired medical care if you encounter a situation in which you are unable to make your own decisions.
  4. Keep in mind 5 “D’s” that are good times to revisit and update your Life Care Plan: Decade, Divorce, Death, Diagnosis and Decline in Health.

If you want to learn more information about Life Care Planning at Kaiser Permanente, please visit the Life Care Planning website.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health supports various departments and initiatives of Kaiser Permanente and external organizations.  All events– annual banquet, quarterly meeting, training, interviews, —follow the Healthy Meeting Tools created by the Kaiser Permanente.  The Center for Total Health Staff thrive to create an environment that is both fun and informative.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

 

 

 

Join the Road to Zero Coalition

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Recently, the Road to Zero coalition hosted “Saving Lives on our Roadways at the Merging Intersection of People & Technology” here at the center.  Speakers and topics included “How Can Safe Systems Compensate for Human Behavior Limitations?” presented by Peter Hancock, director of the MIT2  (Minds in Technology) Research Laboratories from the University of Central Florida and “Modifying the Curve of Future Technology Development with Adoption, Product Development & Gaps in Consumer Education” presented by Chuck Gulash, senior executive engineer from Toyota Motor North American Research Institute and Collaborative Safety Research Center.  Participants broke into groups to begin work on safety priority statements and to advance work on ZERO deaths on our roadways. Breakout groups included the following topics ranked highest in a recent survey:

  • distraction
  • impairment
  • speed
  • safety of vulnerable users
  • infrastructure
  • safety culture/safe systems

 

The goal is safe mobility for all people and will work to develop priorities; take action individually and collaboratively; and encourage partners and stakeholders to take action to meet the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities by 2050. It might seem like a lofty goal, but key stakeholders think it’s possible.  “The aim of Road to Zero is to get to zero deaths in the next 30 years,” says Debbie Hersman, the president and CEO of the National Safety Council, the lead on the Road to Zero initiative. “That’s the goal. We’ve done this with aviation—there have been several years with zero deaths in commercial aviation—and a lot of people thought that was impossible. We’re really focused on incorporating all of the initiatives that we’ve seen through Toward Zero Deaths, Vision Zero and a number of different groups to get to zero.”

More than 300 organizations have joined the coalition to date and the DOT has committed $1 million a year for three years to fund the various grants and organizations that will be part of the coalition. Road to Zero is a collaboration focused on ending traffic fatalities—a leading cause of unintentional death—on our roadways within 30 years. The National Safety Council leads the initiative as a partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Click here if you’d like to join and become a member of our Road to Zero coalition; it takes less than a minute to sign up and there is no cost.  Member organizations become a stakeholder in working towards ZERO fatalities on our roadways and become part of the national solution to ending the upward trend of deaths on our roadways.  How little or how much you participate is up to you.

The Road to Zero coalition is looking forward to hosting their next meeting in October at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health! The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health supports various departments and initiatives of Kaiser Permanente and external organizations.  All events– annual banquet, quarterly meeting, training, interviews, etc—follow the Healthy Meeting Tools created by the Kaiser Permanente.  The Center for Total Health Staff thrive to create an environment that is both fun and informative.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

Employees + Workforce Health = Increased Daily Productivity

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Kaiser Permanente’s Workforce Health team has geared up to offer their annual Mid-Atlantic Summer 2017 Learning Circle, which will cover some of the hottest topics in Workforce Health and Wellness.   While corporate wellness programs have traditionally focused solely on physical wellness, the industry has begun to recognize the importance of incorporating well-being, which looks at the whole person.  Kaiser Permanente wants all Kaiser Permanente employees and members to be aware of proper Workforce Health strategies so they can incorporate healthy choices into their daily work routine.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, having physical activity programs that focus on the entire well-being of an employee at the work site reduced healthcare cost up to 55 percent, reduced short-term sick leave up to 32 percent and increased employee productivity up to 52 percent!  Kaiser Permanente’s Workforce Health team recognizes these benefits and continues to create the healthiest environment for employees as possible. The participants of the June 13 Learning Circle left with practical tips to integrate into their organizations using the five pillars of well-being—spiritual, physical, mental, social and environmental– so that employees are happy, healthy, and productive.

Carrie Peery, MPH, Senior Consultant of Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Region Workforce Health, shared with the Center some MORE benefits individual employees and business corporations can experience from Workforce Health.

Q: What are some positive impacts a business can have by incorporating beneficial aspects of workforce health strategies into their daily operations?

A: “Recent research indicates by incorporating workforce health strategies you can enhance recruitment and retention of employees, reduce healthcare costs, decrease rates of illness and injuries reduce employee absenteeism, improve employee relations and morale, and finally increase productivity.”

Q: What are some benefits of work site wellness programs?

A: “Weight reduction, improved physical fitness, increased stamina, lower levels of stress, and increased self-esteem.”

Q: What are some ways Kaiser Permanente has incorporated workforce health strategies in their administrative office

A: Through the Kaiser Permanente Healthy Workplace Initiative, we strive to create and maintain a healthy and safe environment that is vital to thriving work space. Below are some cool and original programs offered to Kaiser Permanente employees.”

      • Breastfeeding SupportKaiser Permanente supports new moms with a variety of breastfeeding resources such as Lactation Support and Lactation Rooms MAS.
      • Stretch Break Software: Employees can download a PC Software that reminds them to take a break from the computer.
      • Healthy Picks: Throughout the Mid-Atlantic States Region, employees are offered “Healthy Pick” snacks and entrée options at cafeterias and vending machines.
      • Health Talks Online: Kaiser Permanente employees are invited to virtually watch expert physicians and researchers present on the latest in healthy eating, exercise, and stress management.
      • Smoke-free Campus: All Kaiser Permanente locations, including medical offices, are smoke free.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health uses many positive Workforce Health strategies to create an environment that is both conducive and productive for all employees and guests.  All events– annual banquets, quarterly meetings, trainings, interviews, etc—follow the Healthy Meeting Tools created by the Kaiser Permanente Workforce health team. 

The Center Staff thrive to create an environment that is both fun and informative.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting your event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

The National Academy of Social Insurance Gala Was a Success!

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Last week, the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health hosted and served as a sponsor of the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the National Academy of Social Insurance. The event’s theme was inspired by John F. Kennedy speaking at the 25th anniversary of Social Security: “We celebrate the past to awaken the future.”

The celebration honored eight Founding Board Members of the Academy as they passed the torch to a new generation of social insurance leaders. With more than 200 attendees, the guest list included consumers, government representatives, health researchers, healthcare policy makers and more. Guests participated in a VIP reception, a silent auction and a game of Family Feud along with a formal dinner.

One special attendee of the night was Senator Bob Dole. During the early years of the Academy, Senator Dole asked the group to conduct an in-depth study of the Social Security “Notch” issue. According to William Arnone, Chief Executive Officer and Founding Board Member of the Academy, stated “Senator Bob Dole’s support helped shape the Academy as a non-partisan resource.”

If you are looking to host a healthier meeting – or gala — the Center for Total Health serves as a perfect venue for supporting innovation in health and how healthcare is delivered.  Regardless of the occasion–annual banquet, quarterly meeting, trainings, interviews, etc.–we would be glad to host your event. Our staff will work with you on how to create a healthier meeting that is both fun and informative. We have a wide array of event options to make the most out of your gathering.  Most of all, we take great pride in supporting you event and our high guest satisfaction scores prove it. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request located on our website.  We look forward to you joining us!

To learn more about The National Academy of Social Insurance please visit their website.

 

I Want To Be The Next Summer Intern!

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This summer, I interned at the Center for Total Health through the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Summer Internship Program. I am currently a senior at James Madison University majoring in Health Science and with minor in Health Communications.  After graduation in May 2017, I plan on attending graduate school to obtain a Master’s in Public Health.  My future career goal is to educate disadvantaged populations in the United States about various health topics to help eliminate current health disparities in our country.  The Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Summer Internship Program has tremendously prepared me for success in the future and in an industry-leading healthcare company.

On July 22, 2016, I provided tours to the youth participants of the 2016 DC Summer Youth Employment Program. [Photo By: O Grant]

On July 22, 2016, I provided tours to the youth participants of the 2016 DC Summer Youth Employment Program.
[Photo By: O Grant]

I was given various projects this summer that have honed my skills and knowledge of health.  One project I was given was to provide informative tours of the Center for Total Health to guests.  The tour consists of content exploring topics including Kaiser Permanente’s history, different aspects of total health, and advancements in telemedicine.  Not only have my presentation skills improved, I am now equipped with conversation starters to engage in meaningful dialogues with professionals in health related fields. Another project I was given, also my personal favorite, was the honor to design a display showcasing African-American history throughout Kaiser Permanente.  It will be displayed at a VIP luncheon hosted for top employers and partners of Kaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, held in September.  Kaiser Permanente Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals demonstrates and embraces diversity in the workplace, therefore the company is a proud financial contributor to the new African-American History Smithsonian in Washington, DC.  To complete the project, I researched the content, contacted Kaiser Permanente diversity committees, and wrote a creative brief for the display.  This project allowed me to take the initiative and utilize the leadership skills I have learned throughout college.

As a participant of the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Summer Internship Program, I also attended weekly professional development forums organized by current Kaiser Permanente employees. The forums were interactive, informative and a key to my professional growth this summer. We discussed resume writing, networking skills, interview tips, professional dress and much more.  In addition to the professional development forums, we attended a Nationals’ baseball game in July and spent an afternoon volunteering with SOME (So Others Might Eat), a community based organization in DC to help poor and homeless residents.

The ten-week program has placed me a step ahead of my peers entering the workforce after graduation in May.  At the conclusion of the program, I have taken away valuable items to place into a portfolio, strong communication skills, confidence in my work ability and strengthened my soft skills in professional office setting.  I am very thankful for this opportunity and appreciate the Center for Total staff for welcoming me on board this summer.  In the future, I would love to work for Kaiser Permanente after completing my education.

If you are interested in being an undergrad intern through the Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Summer Internship Program next summer, please visit www.kaiserpermanentejobs.org to learn more!

Mayor, What Will You Do To Improve My Health?

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On July 19,  Smart Growth America (@SmartGrowthUSA) hosted its annual Local Leaders Council (@SGALocalLeaders),meeting at the Center for Total Health.  Attendees included influential leaders from various communities around the nation including mayors, city council members, county officials, city managers and agency heads. The event allowed these influential leaders to incorporate total health into their community and the content at the center provided a perfect backdrop.

Geoffrey Anderson, president of Smart Growth America, started off the event with a warm welcome. Parris Glendening, former governor of Maryland, and Rick Danner, mayor of Greer, South Carolina, both spoke about the excellent solutions Smart Growth America has developed.  The keynote speaker, Amy Liu (@amy_liuw), the vice president and director of Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, touched on growth and planning during her talk, titled  “Economic Development for All”.  Through her work in urban and social planning in challenged economic communities in Philadelphia, she has learned numerous solutions to improving residents overall quality of life by improving the economy in a neighborhood.  As Amy Liu stated, “Better jobs, access to grocery stores and community programs for youth will improve the health of disadvantaged residents.”  It was a pleasure hearing Amy Liu’s solutions and ideas for creating healthier neighborhoods, mainly in metropolitan areas such as Washington, DC, and its surroundings.

Throughout the day, Smart Growth America rotated through different breakout sessions and seminars for guests to discuss and brainstorm solutions.  One such seminar was Creative Placemaking Strategies, giving community leaders tools for success. Another was Revitalization without Displacement, which encouraged leaders to  brainstorm strategies to improve the economy in their community.  Guests also networked with one another over a catered lunch and were invited on a 20 minute guided walking tour with Ted Eytan, MD, (@tedeytan). The event ended with a closing plenary discussion by Peg Moertl, the senior vice president of Community Development Banking of PNC Bank, Sarah Goldfarb, director of Policy and Research of Jersey City Redevelopment Agency, Ken Bowers, planning director in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Dean Gordon, director of Business Growth in Birmingham, Alabama.

Once again, the center is glad Smart Growth America held this inspirational annual event at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health.  If you would like to host an event at our center, please visit our website.