Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
Kaiser Permanente has a strong commitment to diversity, and we believe in equity and inclusion for all.
Our organization strives to create an inclusive workplace for our employees, deliver quality health care that is culturally responsive to our members and patients, and address the total health of the communities we serve.
To optimize patient care and the appreciation of diversity at an organizational level, Kaiser Permanente has established the Institute of Culturally Competent Care as well as “Centers of Excellence,” which responds to specific health needs of certain populations.
Kaiser Permanente has been recognized for the sixth consecutive year (2023) in the Diversity Inc Top 50 Hall of Fame for our diversity and inclusion practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and people in the LGBTQ community. Additionally, EID Officers Drs Chinue A Brown and Mandeep Tumber-Bhela received the RJ Erickson Group Award, which recognizes individuals and groups across Kaiser Permanents that champion equity, inclusion, and diversity, for their EID work in the Kaiser Mental Health Training Program.
Mental Health Training Program Commitment
The Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Training Program has a long-standing commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and justice. We design each of our programs’ curricula with diversity training as a major component and encourage our training faculty and trainees to foster cultural humility. Seeing things beyond our own perspective improves interpersonal interactions with our colleagues and the people we serve and becoming a better therapist.
Some examples of components of our training program that illustrate this commitment are:
- An EID-focused mentorship program, in which interested trainees are matched with licensed KP providers who serve as mentors and offer guidance and support distinct from what is provided by formal clinical supervision.
- Voice of the Trainee program in which two trainees a year are appointed to participate with the Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Officer Team to ensure direct input from our trainees on current EID issues.
- A Specialty Bilingual Treatment Track which supports trainees who are able to provide mental health services to patients in both Spanish and English, including individual and group supervision and didactics in both languages.
- Opportunities to train in the Multi-Specialty Transitions (MST) Department at the Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, which is committed to providing equitable, compassionate and high-quality medical care to transgender and gender-diverse youth, adults, and families. Trainees also may have an opportunity to seek out training as a Gender Specialist while working in any of the Psychiatry Clinics throughout the region.
- Community Partnership Projects coordinated by training directors and clinical supervisors in which trainees work to improve mental health in underserved communities.
- A Community Mentorship program in which trainees’ mentor high school students interested in mental health careers and connect them to the KP Launch program which offers paid summer internships in Kaiser Mental Health departments to underserved and underrepresented young people.
Goals of our Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Program
We aim to promote diversity as an imperative versus an option by focusing our goals on:
The training programs reflect the populations served, and their experiences related to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, race, spirituality, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
The training programs are designed to enhance and support all trainees and provide a safe space for them to reflect on their experiences without judgment or shame.
The training programs foster and sustain connections with underserved communities through active and reciprocal partnerships.
Opportunities to make a difference
EID Forums are designed for trainees only and are held with experts from the community, within Kaiser Permanente, and/or national leaders on topics related to EID impacting trainees clinical work and personal development. All Forum meetings are held from 11am – 12:30pm on the second Tuesday of the month.
The 2023-2024 schedule is as follows:
- October 10, 2023
- November 14, 2023
- January 9, 2024
- February 13, 2024
- March 12, 2024
- April 9, 2024
- May 14, 2024
- June 11, 2024
- July 9, 2024
- August 13, 2024
More details about each forum can be found on the Meeting, and Events page of the website
Our EID Officers, provide monthly consultation sessions for both trainees and training faculty. These sessions are held on 2 separate occasions for increased emotional safety at the supervise and supervisor levels.
EID Consultation Hours for 2022-2023 (Time: Variable, See below)
Hosted By EID Officers: Drs. Chinue Brown & Mandeep Tumber-Bhela
Schedule to be determined
Schedule to be determined
Details of Consultation schedule can also be found on the Meetings, Events and Conferences page of the website
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Officers
As Liaisons of the Mental Health Training Program, we work towards increasing awareness of our Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity vision. Our efforts include but are not limited to recruitment and outreach at various local and national conferences, EID Forums, Mentorship, coordination of support to our local sites regarding consultation, providing a safe space for trainees to voice concerns, participating in health fairs and more.
To ensure we receive direct input from our trainees on Equity Inclusion and Diversity initiatives, please reach out with any questions.
It is important to us that your voice is heard.