The National Organization on Disability on September 25 recognized Kaiser Permanente as a 2018 Leading Disability Employer. This honor recognizes Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to strengthen its workforce by providing support to individuals with disabilities. Although many people with disabilities are prepared, willing and able to work, they remain a largely untapped talent pool.
“This recognition reaffirms Kaiser Permanente’s focus on creating meaningful career opportunities for qualified people of all abilities, understanding that greater diversity and inclusion makes us better enablers of total health for our members and communities,” said Marcus A. Williams, Kaiser Permanente’s military and individuals with disabilities talent strategy programs leader. “And our goals extend far beyond the hiring process. Ensuring our employees are supported and included is critical for them to feel satisfied and productive at Kaiser Permanente.”
Employees who feel satisfied and valued in their role are more likely to remain with an organization, and KPability, Kaiser Permanente’s business resource group for employees with disabilities and their advocates, plays a key role in increasing employee engagement and satisfaction. “KPability and other BRGs model the inclusive environment we aspire to achieve for all employees,” said Pat Courneya, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer for National Health Plan and Hospitals Quality, and KPability’s executive sponsor.
Thriving with more than 800 members, KPability provides a community of support for its members through networking, professional development and volunteer opportunities. KPability also gives employees with disabilities a platform and voice for positive change within the disability community.
“In an increasingly competitive industry, our employees with disabilities give us an advantage, enhancing our workforce diversity and our ability to deliver culturally responsive care to our members and communities,” adds Dr. Courneya.
Kaiser Permanente is working to create jobs and improve economic stability within the disability community by leveraging the expertise of leading disability advocacy organizations, including Project SEARCH, the US Business Leadership Network and the National Organization on Disability. Kaiser Permanente also values its partnerships with supplier diversity organizations such as Inner City Capital Connections, an organization that positions inner city businesses for long-term success by providing the knowledge and tools needed to grow their companies.
This is the second consecutive year Kaiser Permanent was recognized as a leading disability employer. Organizations are recognized collectively — not ranked individually — based on results from the NOD’s disability and veteran inclusion benchmarking survey.
Nearly 200 companies employing 9 million workers use the survey to measure how they are progressing on their inclusion journeys. In addition to being a Leading Disability Employer, Kaiser Permanente earned a top-ranking score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index for the past two years and was named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.