Walking Meetings: Taking Total Health Outdoors

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“Total health is more than a visit to the doctor, and more than your medical care,” says Keith Montgomery, Executive Director of the Center for Total Health. “It is all those things, but it’s also your environment and your community.”

Walking meetings are one way the Center implements its community-focused approach to total health. Offered for events hosted at the Center, the on-the-move meetings are designed to get attendees’ minds and bodies active. Walking meetings don’t have to be a break from productivity – the ten to thirty-minute routes can be used as a brainstorm, ice-breaker or reflection.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary Conference in Washington, D.C., the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) joined the Center for a tour and walking meeting in late July. SNEB’s mission is to increase nutrition education at the individual, community and policy level. Its members work to address nutrition needs around the world, aligning with the Center’s efforts to help underserved communities gain access to healthy food.

The Center took SNEB members on a 20-minute walking meeting through the neighborhoods surrounding Washington’s Union Station. As we walked, SNEB member and founder of The Harvest Kitchen Jean Crum-Jones discussed the many benefits of being active outside, even on a hot D.C. summer day. Just a few minutes of physical activity can boost focus and creativity, an asset for meetings, classrooms and conferences.

As we walked through D.C.’s Stanton Park, Jean was excited to learn about the Center’s involvement with Park Rx, a program which connects people to safe, public spaces in their communities. By prescribing park visits to families, Park Rx can improve physical and mental health through exercise, foster a love for nature and encourage families to spend time together away from screens. Like walking meetings, our partnership with Park Rx is an example of the Center’s commitment to integrating total health into communities and lifestyles.

For Jean, this common-sense approach to improving total health for businesses and communities was the most impactful part of visiting the Center. Because of the Center’s walking meeting, she learned about a program that she can implement through her volunteer work in her home state of Connecticut.

The Center for Total Health hosts hundreds of events for organizations like SNEB every year, many of which take advantage of the Center’s walking meetings. If you are looking to host an event – whether it’s a small meeting, set of interviews or elaborate gala – the Center provides the perfect venue for highlighting innovation in healthcare. Our staff will work with you on how to create a healthier meeting that is fun, unique and informative. We have a wide array of event options to make the most out of your gathering. If you’re interested in planning an event, visit our events and tours page and send us a request.

Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Will Care About Student Wellbeing

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In 2019, Kaiser Permanente will be opening a Medical School located in Southern California. Currently, medical leaders are convening to put the finishing touches on an academically advanced curriculum incorporating total health for the incoming Fall 2019 class.

Part of total health is improving the environment and the support systems around you.  This is especially important for medical students who often tend to become burned out from their academic and career demands.  Improper environments from academics can have a negative impact on a persons’ physical and mental health both short-term and long-term.  Directors of the Kaiser Permanente Medical School are aware of the health impacts medical students often face and are working towards reversing these statistics.

This past April, the directors of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine established a plan to combat student burn-out.  To learn more about their accomplishments, please click here!

Kaiser Permanente Welcomes IADB Division of Social Protection and Health

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Here at the Center, Kaiser Permanente International offers a forum for sharing Kaiser Permanente’s knowledge and experience with governments, health plans, health care providers, and other global organizations that are striving to improve their health care systems. Recently, Kaiser Permanente International presented their customized, educational program for health specialists in the Division of Social Protection and Health of the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB).

If you are unfamiliar with IADB Division of Social Protection and Health, it is composed of health specialists primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean. The purpose of IADB Division is to promote equity and empower vulnerable populations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.  The IADB’s Division hopes to improve health outcomes to individuals living in extreme poverty through three goals: increasing access to redistributive programs in areas, increasing care for children to stimulate cognitive development, and promoting social inclusion services.

Kaiser Permanente International exposed the IADB Division to innovative, technical and managerial tools Kaiser Permanente currently uses in their medical model that could be applied to Latin America and Caribbean health care practices. During the two-day event, the IADB Division health specialists participated in two informative tours: one with Ted Eytan, MD, the medical director of the Center for Total Health, who shared the concept of “total health” with our guests through our interactive displays and a second tour, led by Carla Sandy, MD, service chief, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Ashlee Metcalf, MD,Adult and Family Medicine, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic region.

If you are interested in the work of Kaiser Permanente International, please click here to learn more.

The Center for Total Health’s location is ideal for hosting events with guests located around the nation and even around the world!  The Center’s proximity and accessibility to Union Station and D.C.’s national airport is perfect for individuals who are traveling to attend a meeting or an event.   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!

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!

Steer Your Health Care Where You Want It to Go

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Most people don’t hesitate to advocate for the kind of quality service they expect when shopping or dining out. But when it comes to having conversations with their doctors about the quality of lives we want for ourselves, it can be a bit trickier. Some people don’t know what questions to ask. Some people don’t understand how certain treatments might affect their quality of life.

“Ideas like patient preference and quality of life tend to get linked to end-of-life care, but health care providers want to move the conversation upstream,” said Phyllis Hayes-Reams, MD, chief of the department of geriatrics for The Southern California Permanente Medical Group. 

Dr. Hayes-Reams was recently featured in Next Avenue where she provided tips on having a productive conversation with your health care provider.

“Most physicians would welcome the opportunity to know what’s important to the patient, because it gives them some guidance,” she said.

Read more of this article here. 

What Skills and Supports Are Needed for Effective Practice in an Integrated Delivery System?

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A new study published in INQUIRY: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing looks at what skills and supports physicians need to work effectively in an integrated delivery system.  The study is co-authored by Joy Lewis, MSW, MPH and Samantha DuPont, MPH, health policy consultants at the Institute for Health Policy at Kaiser Permanente.

As payers demand that U.S health care become more accountable and integrated, existing integrated delivery systems—such as Kaiser Permanente, the Mayo Clinic Health System, and Geisinger Health System—can offer lessons on the day-to-day challenges and opportunities physicians face as their practice environments change. The study conducted focus groups with physicians from the Southern California Permanente Medical Group who had previous experience practicing in less integrated settings and asked about skills, attributes, and attitudes they need to work and succeed in teams within well-integrated, accountable care systems. Results from the study provide key insights and guidance that can help inform a larger policy interest in supporting the movement to improve health care quality and moderate costs through integration of care.

If you want to read the entire study please click here!

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. 

 

National Collaborative on Education and Health

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The National Collaborative on Education and Health steering committee met June 6 and 7 at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health to to set the priorities for the National Collaborative’s fourth year of work.  Some of the key opportunities the Collaborative will continue to support in the coming year include the following:

  • Implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): ESSA presents a new and important opportunity to more fully integrate student health into education policy and practice. The Collaborative will play an important role in ensuring healthy schools and student health and wellness are supported through ESSA implementation. This will include working with state advocates to develop state ESSA plans that support health and wellness and ensuring school districts receive the guidance and support needed to effectively implement the new law.
  • Health systems transformation: Increasing access to school health services has been a key focus of the Collaborative’s work and will continue to be in the coming year. Moving forward, HSC and TFAH will continue to co-convene the Healthy Students, Promising Futures Learning Collaborative which includes 14 state teams working to increase access to school health services through Medicaid reimbursement. Best practices and lessons learned from this work will be shared with the field by members of the Collaborative.
  • Additional topics that were discussed at the meeting include the health and education needs of rural students and new and ongoing initiatives to support health and wellness from the U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Today, millions of students are not able to attend school in environments that support the connection between health and learning. They cannot engage in physical activity during the day, their school buildings lack healthy air, access to fresh water, nutritious food and/or a school nurse; all of which are important to supporting academic achievement. On top of that, one out of every four students has one or more health problems, such as asthma or diabetes, that further undermine her ability to focus in school or even attend.

Health and education systems are inextricably linked, yet they are missing key opportunities to work together to support student health and learning. If we can incorporate health and wellness into the school culture and environment, we can help close the academic achievement gap and ensure this generation does not become the first in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. Recognizing this connection and acting to strengthen collaboration between the health and education sectors is one of the most important steps we can take to support the success and well-being of the next generation.

This is the driving force of the National Collaborative on Education and Health, a group co-convened by Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH). Since its launch in February 2014, the Collaborative has brought together over 150 stakeholders including advocates, policymakers, school stakeholders and funders to work towards more fully integrating education and health. This means building schools’ capacity to address the needs that exist today and the needs we can’t yet anticipate. It is also about building the health sector’s capacity to engage the community, including schools, in truly promoting health.

As the National Collaborative moves into its fourth year of work, members look forward to building on its successes and continuing to share the group’s work and highlight the lessons and strategies learned. Learn more: National Collaborative on Education and Health.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health hosts both internal and external organizations educational events.  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!

 

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!