genKP in the Community

More than just professional development and networking, genKP aims to better connect our members to the social mission of Kaiser Permanente. Through targeted volunteerism, giving, and external relationship building, genKP leverages the time, energy, and skills of its members to make a social impact in the broader community.


In 2015, genKP coordinated approximately 15 volunteer projects, engaging more than 260 genKP members, for a total of 1360 volunteer hours dedicated to the communities we serve. This year, our goal is to surpass 1400 community service hours and coordinate a community benefit activity every quarter in each region.

Throughout the month of April, genKP members participated in National Volunteer Month with activities ranging from sorting cans of food at a local food bank to teaching K-12 students life skills.

In Colorado, 15 genKP volunteers partnered with Junior Achievement to spend a day in the classroom at Virginia Court Elementary school teaching students about financial literacy, workplace readiness, and the entrepreneurial spirit. “It was a heart-warming experience. It is amazing how much influence you create when encouraging kids to take ownership of their future,” said Anh-Thu Nguyen, genKP’s Colorado co-regional area champion.

In Northern California, genKP members volunteered at the Alameda County Community Food Bank to sort, screen, and box fresh produce for needy families and individuals. Rebecca Phuong, who led the project on behalf of genKP, described the event as a fun way meet other genKP members. “I think my favorite part was getting involved with the community and being able to network and learn how Kaiser Permanente is involved. Last year, Kaiser Permanente was the leading volunteer group, contributing the highest amount of volunteer hours than any other group,” she said.

For additional volunteer opportunities, visit www.genKP.com and click “Calendar” throughout the year or contact your regional or local area champion.


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What Does Health Equity Mean to You?

By Pauline Sze, genKP community benefit lead

Whether it’s close proximity to affordable healthy foods, equitable access to healthcare services, or safe routes to schools and homes – healthcare is at the center of the social justice movement. Over a hundred Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit leads gathered together in downtown San Francisco on March 20, 2014 as part of the 2014 Community Benefit Summit. This was an event put on by the Program Office Community Benefit program to advance the thinking on key challenges and opportunities that are facing Community Benefit and how we can align them to Kaiser Permanente’s strategic imperatives.

Dr. Raymond Baxter, senior vice president of Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy at Kaiser Permanente, delivered a thought-provoking keynote that outlined his vision for Kaiser Permanente to be a leader in Total Health. This vision for Total Health encompasses a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being for all. This moves us beyond looking solely at the hospitals and clinics that we operate, but more closely at the environments and communities that play a critical role in shaping our health on a day to day basis.

Slide from Dr. Raymond Baxter’s Presentation, “Where We Are, Where We’re Going: Challenges and Opportunities for Community Benefit” via http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/2014-community-benefit-summit/

The message for Total Health became even clearer when Dr. Baxter projected a map of the health equities of the Bay Area. This map highlighted different pockets of the region that have drastically different health outcomes. What struck a chord was that the health outcomes that were being displayed on this map were specifically those of Kaiser Permanente employees who have the same access to healthcare coverage. This demonstrated what an important role that other factors play in healthcare, such as the environment, income status, and education. Dr. Baxter urged attendees to look at health equity and what Community Benefit can do to close the inequity gap, and that “if we stand for health, we must stand for equity.”

Share your thoughts in the comments section below on what health equity means to you and your ideas for how to close the gap on health inequity.


genKP at the Kaiser Permanente 5K/Half Marathon

Events Lead Lorin Lee and Community Benefit Lead Pauline Sze
genKP leads Lorin Lee and Pauline Sze

It was a rainy day in Golden Gate Park, but that didn't dampen the spirits of runners and walkers participating in the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco 5K/ Half Marathon on February 2. genKP represented at the event with a booth in the Post-Race Expo area, spreading the word about our Multicultural Business Resource Group and quizzing folks on generational trivia for fun giveaways. We partnered with #OwnNow and Everybody Walk!, passing out pedometers and Thrive frisbees, as well as plenty of genKP swag.

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See below for a gallery of images from the event, including KP employees who lived out the Thrive mentality by seizing the day, pre- Super Bowl. genKP got into the game with Finance Lead Shingai Samudzi leading a running group for the 5K race.

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Almost at the finish line!
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genKP 5K running lead Shingai Samudzi with his wife, Amber
KP employee Juan Sarabia just after completing his first Half-Marathon, great job!
KP employee Juan Sarabia just after completing his first half marathon!
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KP employees Felix Amoruwa and Sashi Vema
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Volunteers at the Post-Race Expo
Events Lead Lorin Lee and Communications Lead Lauren Duffy
Lorin Lee and Lauren Duffy at the genKP booth

Congrats to all who participated in the 5K or Half Marathon, way to start off 2014 on the right foot!


Stephen Curry teams up with Kaiser Permanente to #OwnNow

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ownnow_logoGenKP is thrilled to announce our partnership with the #OwnNow campaign, an exciting initiative to encourage millennials to own their health, push life farther, and refuse to settle for less. Kaiser Permanente has partnered with NBA stars Stephen Curry and Chris Paul to inspire young adults to lead active lifestyles and secure the health care coverage they need.

On December 18, hundreds of excited fans stopped by Richmond's Hilltop Mall to meet Golden State Warrior and #OwnNow ambassador Stephen Curry. With a canned food donation, fans were able to participate in a meet-and-greet and take a photo with the famed point guard. GenKP represented at the event with communications lead Lauren Duffy tweeting from the @kpownnow handle, sharing the event's excitement with followers.

Before the meet-and-greet session, Curry spoke to the pumped up crowd about making healthy living a priority, and the importance of getting yourself and your family covered.

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In partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Curry met Emilio Marco Bejarano Penn from Oakland, an eight-year-old whose wish was to meet Curry, and whose parents are KP employees.

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Fans of all ages excitedly queued up to meet with Curry and snap a photo together - plenty of fans rocking Warriors blue-and-yellow:

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Curry finished up the night with a raffle of a signed basketball and a quick bike ride - reminding all of us to keep moving, take it to the next level, and keep owning now!

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For more information about #OwnNow, check out their Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, and make sure to follow for all of their latest updates!


Oakland Back-to-School Supply Drive: Help Make an Impact this School Year!

Oakland Back to School Supply Drive

There are only two days left to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers in the Oakland Community. Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit and genKP are partnering to make a difference this school year by supporting the Oakland Schools Foundation and their school supplies campaign. In order to make the biggest impact, we are focusing our efforts on gathering the following supplies that are of greatest need:
· Hand sanitizer (12-18 oz bottle pump)
· Dry erase markers (thin, low odor, pack of 4-6)
· Scotch tape (refill rolls, not dispensers)
· Glue sticks
· Facial tissue

Drop off any of the above listed items by Wednesday, October 9 to your nearest school supplies bin in the following Kaiser Permanente locations in downtown Oakland:

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Questions? Contact Pauline.Sze@kp.org, your genKP community benefit lead.

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