Access and Social Health
Safety Net update
As we continue navigating these uncertain times due to COVID-19, we acknowledge there is an opportunity for Kaiser Permanente, as a leading national health system, to leverage our resources and best practices to support our Safety Net partners. 
Recently, Kaiser Permanente hosted two webinars for our Safety Net partners to share our resources, lessons learned, and best practices. The first webinar, “Facilities and Re-emergence: Place, Process and People,” was led by Kaiser Permanente facility and infection disease prevention leaders who provided technical assistance and expertise to Safety Net partners on methods of enhanced cleaning, space planning protocols for maintaining social distancing in a clinical setting, and other information that’s critical to supporting clinics during re-emergence. The webinar was attended by over 50 individuals representing Safety Net organizations from across the region.
On July 20, in partnership with the Primary Care Coalition, Kaiser Permanente hosted “Supporting the Safety Net through COVID-19: Healthcare and Funders Response.”  This webinar, attended by 60 participants, featured presentations by national Kaiser Permanente leaders from Community Health and our Permanente Medical group, who shared information on our enterprise-wide COVID-19 playbook and social health strategies. We also highlighted our efforts in the Mid-Atlantic region to address social health through the launch of the Mid-Atlantic Community Network. The webinar also featured a distinguished panel of local health funders and local elected leaders Councilmembers Albornoz (At-large) and Jawando (At-large). Additionally, leadership from the Consumer Health Foundation (Yanique Redwood, CEO), Healthcare Initiative Foundation (Crystal Townsend, Executive Director), Cafritz Foundation (Sarah Hashmall, Program Officer) and the Maryland Philanthropy Network (Yinka Bode-George, Program Manager) joined to address how philanthropy is meeting this moment – addressing not only the COVID-19 pandemic, but how their foundations are addressing issues of racial equity and injustice.
In addition to information and resource sharing, Kaiser Permanente is offering scholarships to Safety Net partners for courses available through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). The scholarship program allows staff, from any level of a safety net organization, to take courses aimed at improving clinical excellence, patient safety, and operational efficiency. Scholarship requests are reviewed on a bi-monthly basis by an internal review committee comprised of leadership from Community Health, Medicaid, and the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, as well as an external reviewer.
Learn more about the scholarship program or submit an application
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