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 several years and was named Diversity Inc Top 50 Hall of Fame for recognition of our diversity and inclusion practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women, minorities, veterans, people with disabilities and people in the LGBTQ community.
Mental Health Training Program Commitment
The Kaiser Permanente Mental Health Training Program has a long-standing commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity in various ways.
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, since our trainees treat clients from diverse backgrounds and who present with a variety of psychological challenges. Seeing things beyond our own perspective improves interpersonal interactions with one’s cohort, the people we serve and becoming a better therapist.
Our program not only advertises locally and nationally within periodical journals, raising awareness of our programs among minority populations, but we are also committed to attending in-person and virtual conferences related to this commitment.
Goals of our Equity, Inclusion,
and Diversity Program
Our Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program provides advanced training that promotes cultural competency and cultural sensitivity and honors diversity in our training programs and our service to the community.
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
Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Liaisons
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 efforts, provide a safe space for trainees to voice concerns, participate in health fairs, etc.
Anna Koper, PsyD
Catherine Wallace, PsyD