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Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Oral History Project[1970 - Present]
About the Project
Project Themes
Kaiser Permanente 'Core Values'
Business Model and the Economics of Health Care
Diversity in the Workplace and in the Provision of Health Care
Government Relations
Health Care and the Information Revolution
The Managed Care Crisis of the 1990s
Research at Kaiser Permanente
KP Founding Generation
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Project Themes—Diversity in the Workplace and in the Provision of Health Care

In the 1940s, Kaiser hospitals refused to segregate patients on the basis of race. They were often the only hospitals in the local community where black physicians could practice. KP members from the beginnings of the organization have represented a wide range of the populations in the communities KP has served. Its workforce has long been equally diverse. Over the years, the commitment to equality made when KP started developed into a concern to deliver “culturally competent care.” At the same time, the understanding of diversity has expanded from opposition to racial discrimination to engaging and taking full benefit from the full range of human difference comprised by but not limited to culture, religion, gender, sexual preference, physical and mental abilities, or age.

Related Interviews

Michael Allerton
Amanda Calhoun
Bob Erickson (interview I)
Tracy Flanagan
Juan Guerra
Rachel Hartshorn
Daniel Klein
Ron Knox
Carole Lietzke
Susan Lindheim
George Matula
Dave Newhouse
Naomi Newhouse
Nora Salvador
Tracy Seo
Elizabeth Sandel
Ellamae Simmons
David Sobel
Gayle Tang


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