Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to create a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace have again placed us among the best U.S. employers for Latinas.
The integrated health care organization and its programs are highlighted in the LATINA Style 50 Report, a respected analysis of corporate America’s efforts to promote diversity and provide career advancement opportunities for Latinas. LATINA Style ranked Kaiser Permanente number 19, an increase from last year’s ranking of number 23. Kaiser Permanente has made the LATINA Style 50 Report 7 times since 2009.
“We are honored to receive this recognition once again for Kaiser Permanente’s ongoing commitment to creating career advancement opportunities for our Latina employees and leaders,” said Ronald Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief equity, inclusion, and diversity officer at Kaiser Permanente. “Part of this commitment is ensuring our employees reflect the diversity of the communities we serve, which is critical to our success in providing the highest quality care and service to our members and communities.”
One of the ways Kaiser Permanente provides professional development programs and resources for its Latina employees is through the Kaiser Permanente Latinx Association, one of 10 business resource groups active in the organization. LATINA Style recognized KPLA last year as a “Top 20 Employee Resource Group of the Year.” KPLA offers employees a range of personal and professional development opportunities, including mentoring, networking, career development trainings, volunteerism, scholarships, and more.
“Our longstanding presence on the LATINA Style 50 demonstrates the importance Kaiser Permanente places on supporting equity, inclusion, and diversity among our workforce and community,” said KPLA Northern California co-chair Michelle Linares. “This includes KPLA’s critical role in attracting, inspiring, and supporting our Latinx employees to achieve their full potential at all levels in the organization.”
LATINA Style annually evaluates over 800 U.S. corporations, looking for companies with significant programs to recruit and retain Latinas, veterans, and military personnel. Companies are evaluated in 5 major categories: leadership programs, training, mentoring programs, employee benefits, and representation of Latinas in senior positions.