Photo Friday: Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA USA

Photo Friday: Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley, Lancaster, CA USA

I’m breaking the “photo is usually from Washington, DC” informal rule this week, which I do occasionally when I find something visually compelling elsewhere, in this case the beautiful LEED Gold certified Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Medical Office Building.

Opened in 2014, it combines the science of wind flow studies, high technology and personalized health care, and connection to the community through locally sourced art, site placement, and visual cues (poppies, pinwheels, butterflies).
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A Historic LGBTQ Health Symposium on a Historic Day

A Historic LGBTQ Health Symposium on a Historic Day

I actually mentioned the coming enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act in my presentation at this symposium in 2014, and again on this blog in 2015.

See: Presentation: Being a Transgender Ally and Unconscious Bias – and 2nd Annual Kaiser Permanente LGBTQI Health Symposium: Future of Inclusion

Imagine, then, 2 years later, that the final regulation was released, in Washington, DC, just a few hours before history was made at this event itself. Continue reading→

Just Read: The Total Health of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Safety & Access Study)

Just Read: The Total Health of the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Safety & Access Study)

A very cool unintended (or intended?) consequence of sensing your environment is that you start to think about how to improve it.

With that in mind, and with stimulus provided by the Design and Health Leaders Group of the American Institute of Architects, and the team at the Washington, DC Office of Planning, I found this look at the Metropolitan Branch Trail (MBT), which the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health is fortunate to co-inhabit.

Why fortunate?

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Using our Placemeter video population sensor to explore the metro shutdown

Using our Placemeter video population sensor to explore the metro shutdown

The Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth) has a new population sensor, manufactured by Placemeter (@Placemeter), that monitors pedestrians on the Metropolitan Branch Trail outside of our social innovation center.

The sensor was installed about 3 weeks before the day the Washington, DC Metro was emergently shut down, on March 16.

I thought I’d take advantage of that unique event to see what happened to the movement of people on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
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Photo Friday: It's important for a health system to score 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, too

Photo Friday: It’s important for a health system to score 100% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, too

My generation of physicians came to medicine to be our 100% selves in support of 100% of our patients.

In addition, healthcare organizations with 500+ employees may well want to participate in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, which offers a wealth of suggestions for workplace equality. – Human Rights Campaign, Health Equality Index : Employment Non-Discrimination

Except that none of them have. Except for Kaiser Permanente.
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A Few Photos from Light City Baltimore

A Few Photos from Light City Baltimore

Premiering in 2016, Light City Baltimore (@LightCityBmore) is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States, homegrown right here in Baltimore. Light City will provide a backdrop for the celebration of ideas, ingenuity and creativity through art, music and innovation.

Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States (@KPMidAtlantic) is the Presenting Sponsor of Light City University (@LightCityU) Health Innovation Conference, where yours truly was privileged to be the emcee. With, a lot of help from my Total Health friends, as you can tell….

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Photo Friday: Representing Kaiser Permanente as it receives its 100% HRC Corporate Equality Index award

Photo Friday: Representing Kaiser Permanente as it receives its 100% HRC Corporate Equality Index award

Very few hospitals and academic medical centers (actually none, zero) achieved 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) Corporate Equality Index for #LGBTQ employees in 2016.

Except for Kaiser Permanente,
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