Hot Topics at the Center

A lot has happened recently at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health, where we proudly host regular meetings with local community clinics and providers on a wide range of topics. As such, in November, we continued our series of meetings on HIV and AIDS to share best practices in caring for low-income and high-risk populations. This is just one example of the quarterly scheduled convenings with local providers that the take place at the Center.

As the global warming debate continues, we hosted a Health Care Without Harm meeting with key industry leaders on the greening of health care. Through tours at the Center, guests learned about the importance of the best environmental practices in health care and how health care providers, as well as institutions, are cleaning up their practices to help protect the communities that we serve.
We were also excited to welcome back Trust for America’s Health, who hosted their annual board meeting and conducted a deep dive on key issues surrounding preventing epidemics and protecting health.

Among other activities that took place at the Center during the month of November included:
• Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Health Policy activating a series on key topics in health care, with the first convening focusing on “Advancing Mental Health and Wellness”. The event brought together local and national leaders across various sectors to re-examine the challenges facing the field of mental health and wellness, with the ultimate goal of setting priorities for shared work. A second forum takes place this month on “Leveraging Telehealth To Expand Access to High Quality Care”.
• The Center hosting the Presidential Management Fellows’ Leadership Development Program, which was created three decades ago by Executive Order to help entry-level, advanced-degree federal employees advance as government leaders. Kaiser Permanente’s staff participated in discussions about work-life balance and offered tips on resiliency and managing stress.
• The widely attended international event, Better Health Governance, Better Health Systems. The Evidence. Hosted by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Health Finance and Governance (HFG) team, participants were invited to exchange the latest scientific findings on what contributes to better health system performance. The workshop, representing national and international systems, was part of a larger initiative led by the World Health Organization.

As a non-profit, Kaiser Permanente is committed to reinvesting in communities to help support the entire community’s health, not just our members’. Hence, every now and then, we at the Center attend offsite events to do so. This past month, during the National Alliance for Health Care Purchaser Coalitions conference in Crystal City, we demonstrated our Baltimore Virtual Reality exhibit on total health in the community. The exhibit provoked conversations on sustainable community economies, job training programs for at risk youth, building a sense of community and other topics that contribute to a healthier community. Guests who experienced the exhibit were amazed that Kaiser Permanente – or any health care provider – was thinking about topics beyond the delivering of care.

The Center closed the month by hosting Safe Routes to School and other organizations’ annual board meetings. Due to our innovative environment providing an aspirational backdrop for planning sessions, representatives from CVS and international groups from an array of countries found the Center to be a unique experience when thinking about the future of health and how they can learn from Kaiser Permanente and other innovators represented here.

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health hosts internal and external educational events. All events – including annual banquets, quarterly meetings, trainings, interviews – feature healthy catering options and can be customized to incorporate the interactive exhibits that make the Center for Total health experience both fun and informative for attendees. If your organization is interested in hosting an event, please send us an event request via our website. We look forward to hearing from you!

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