April 19, 2017

Kaiser Permanente and CommonHealth ACTION to launch Institute for Equitable Leadership in Baltimore

Institute will bring together nonprofits and for-profits to improve the health of Baltimore and teach leadership skills grounded in equity, diversity and inclusion.

BALTIMORE Today, Kaiser Permanente and CommonHealth ACTION announced that the Kaiser Permanente’s Institute for Equitable Leadership, which will develop leadership skills to help community and business leaders increase their positive impact in Baltimore City, will launch in early May. The Baltimore Action Legal Team, Chase Brexton Health Care, Dovecote Café, Intersection of Change and New Lens will comprise the first class of the Institute.

The Institute for Equitable Leadership brings together nonprofit and for-profit entities to improve the health of Baltimore residents and encourage local leaders to develop leadership skills that are grounded in equity, diversity and inclusion. Joined by community partners Maryland Nonprofits and Equity Matters, Inc., Kaiser Permanente and CommonHealth ACTION are launching the Institute to increase nonprofit capacity to address determinants of health to promote equitable experiences and life outcomes in Baltimore City.

The group will work to address a range of health issues, including generational and cross-racial issues among leaders; functional relationships among current and future leaders; creation of future leaders; and reduction of unhealthy competition among health leaders in the community.

“We at Kaiser Permanente believe in Baltimore and are inspired by all the passionate, committed residents who are working to build a stronger community for their children and grandchildren,” said Kim Horn, president of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States. “Kaiser Permanente is thrilled to partner with these outstanding organizations and individuals to build equity and economic stability for Baltimore.”

“Health is a production of society,” said Natalie S. Burke, president and CEO of CommonHealth ACTION. “We are investing in these leaders’ and organizations’ tremendous potential to build greater equity in systems, policies, and culture — all of which are necessary for a healthier Baltimore City.”

The first cohort of organizations was selected from dozens of applicants to participate in the Institute. They span industries and neighborhoods of Baltimore to reflect the diversity of the community, with a uniting commitment to make Baltimore City a healthy, safe and economically strong community that provides opportunities for all people to reach their fullest potential. To offset the cost of time away from the business while participating, and to provide unrestricted operational support, Kaiser Permanente will offer scholarships to the nonprofit organizations and small businesses participating in the Institute.

The Inaugural Class of the Kaiser Permanente Institute for Equitable Leadership in Baltimore:




  • Baltimore Legal Action Team provides legal support to Baltimore communities as they exercise their civil liberties protesting against injustices rooted in structural racism and economic inequality.


  • Chase Brexton Health Care provides compassionate, quality health care that honors diversity, inspires wellness and improves communities.


  • Dovecote Café is one of Baltimore's newest cafes connecting community, food justice, creative individuals and wellness.


  • Intersection of Change is dedicated to providing programs that enrich the economic, social, and spiritual lives of those dealing with poverty related issues in Sandtown-Winchester and surrounding communities.


  • New Lens is a youth-driven social justice organization that makes art and media about issues where a youth perspective can inspire change.


    The Kaiser Permanente Institute for Equitable Leadership will launch formally during the first week of May 2017. The first in-person meeting will take place in late June 2017.

    About CommonHealth ACTION

    CommonHealth ACTION is a national non-profit that develops people and organizations to produce health through equitable policies, programs, and practices.  Our vision is an America in which all people have equitable opportunities and neighborhood conditions to achieve their best possible health. For more information about CommonHealth ACTION visit commonhealthaction.org.

    About Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States

    Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States region, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, provides and coordinates complete health care services for more than 700,000 members through 30 medical centers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Founded in 1980, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is a total health organization comprising Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, P.C., an independent medical group that features more than 1,300 physicians. Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is the only Private plan available through employer-sponsored health coverage in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia – and one of only 13 Private health plans available nationwide – to earn a 5 out of 5 rating from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2016–2017. In addition, Kaiser Permanente has the No. 1 Medicare plan in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more information about Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, visit  kp.org or follow us on Twitter,  twitter.com/KPMidAtlantic, or Facebook,  www.facebook.com/kpthrive.