June 24, 2020

Advancing health equity in education and the workplace

Kaiser Permanente supports California measure allowing universities and public agencies to use affirmative action in college admissions, hiring, and contracting.

OAKLAND, Calif — Kaiser Permanente is taking action to promote health equity by supporting Assembly Constitutional Amendment No. 5. This California constitutional amendment would repeal the provision established in 1996 by Proposition 209 that prohibits public entities from considering race, sex, ethnicity, or national origin in college admissions, hiring, and contracting practices.

“Diversity, inclusion, and culturally competent care are defining characteristics of Kaiser Permanente’s past, present, and future,” said Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO Greg Adams. “One of the many ways we work to resolve health care disparities is by making sure that members from underrepresented communities see themselves reflected in the diverse makeup of care teams, physicians, and our leadership. Success demands that we hire and retain individuals of all backgrounds who themselves have been educated in a diverse environment.”

Furthermore, our research demonstrates that lack of access to a quality education makes it much more likely that an individual will develop a chronic illness and experience a shorter life span. 

Kaiser Permanente, which serves 9.2 million members in California through its 36 hospitals, over 17,000 physicians, and more than 157,000 employees, believes that this constitutional amendment, should it be passed by the Legislature and ratified by the voters, is a significant and long overdue step that will help overcome systemic barriers to achieving greater equity in our society.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 12.4 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.