Ruth Chang, MD, and Ed Lee, MD, join host Chris Grant on the Permanente Medicine Podcast to discuss how innovation and technology impact physician well-being.
Nkem Chukwumerije, MD, and Ron Copeland, MD, share vision for how to advance health equity
A pandemic, social unrest, natural disasters, and rapid innovation are among the factors that have led health care to reevaluate what it means to provide equitable care. Social determinants such as economic stability, access to quality education, access to quality health care, neighborhood environment, and social and community support comprise a multidimensional lens through which health and health care disparities are now evaluated.
While people of color and other underrepresented groups continue to experience ongoing disparities in health, there is hope that increased focus on improving access, clinical and workforce training, and closer relationships with communities will help close the gap. Kaiser Permanente’s integrated care model positions it to lead in these areas and promote equitable care by making EID (equity, inclusion, and diversity) a formal dimension of quality improvement while also building community alliances to guide public health improvement partnerships.
Two Kaiser Permanente leaders, Nkem Chukwumerije, MD, and Ron Copeland, MD, are at the center of this work. For the last episode of the 2023 Permanente Medicine Podcast season, Drs. Chukwumerije and Copeland join host Chris Grant to discuss Kaiser Permanente’s latest equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts, examine how the medical community can better serve the underserved in health care, and reflect on their personal journeys.
- Dr. Chukwumerije is the president and executive medical director of The Southeast Permanente Medical Group. He also serves as executive sponsor and national physician lead for equity, inclusion, and diversity for the Permanente Medical Groups.
- Dr. Copeland is senior vice president of National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Policy and chief equity, inclusion, and diversity officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. Dr. Copeland is a board member of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and the National Organization on Disability.
We have targeted programs to improve the health of entire disadvantaged populations.
– Nkem Chukwumerije, MD
We’ve formed numerous community alliances to uplift the health status of the communities we serve.
– Ron Copeland, MD
Drs. Chukwumerije and Copeland speak to the rich history of diversity and inclusion at Kaiser Permanente and their roles in expanding these efforts. They also look at how the last few years have spotlighted equity issues in health care and what can be done to further incorporate EID into the daily efforts of physicians and medical teams.
In this episode
2:56 Dr. Copeland’s background and overview of Kaiser Permanente’s EID work
7:15 Dr. Chukwumerije’ s background and EID journey
9:40 Recognizing areas for improvement in health equity
14:11 New frameworks for addressing inequities in health care
16:24 Addressing workplace bias and Belong@KP Part 2
20:49 Belong@KP Part 2 and the role race plays in society
22:18 The PRESS model for promoting racial equity
23:53 Incorporating EID into daily medical practices
27:45 Increasing importance of transparency and accountability
29:19 How individuals can advance equity in their communities
32:45 Embodying the principles of equity and impacting policy
- Learn more about Robert Livingston’s PRESS model for promoting racial equity in the workplace
- Find additional details on Kaiser Permanente’s equity principles and Belong@KP
- Watch a Permanente Live webinar on the future of equitable care