Early leaders in equity and inclusion

Explore Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to equitable, culturally responsive care from our heritage and today.

History of nondiscrimination

Our principles of diversity and our inclusive care began during World War II when our racially integrated hospitals delivered care to all Kaiser shipyard workers.

Learn how inclusion became core to our mission

Eugene Hickman, MD

Dr. Hickman had a long career at Kaiser Permanente, becoming president of the hospital staff and later chief of radiology.

Read about this Black physician pioneer

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