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Kaiser Permanente Honored as Corporate Partner of the Year for Inclusive Student Internship Program

Commitment to creating equity in the health care workforce recognized by INROADS

May 11, 2017



photo of three young women who are sisters Christina, Lauren and Tiffany Cooper

OAKLAND, Calif. — In recognition of its commitment to fostering inclusion and equity in a workforce that reflects the highly diverse communities it serves, Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest integrated health system, has been honored as the Frank C. Carr Corporate Partner of the Year by the INROADS internship program. Kaiser Permanente has worked with INROADS since 1987, providing college students with meaningful opportunities to develop their professional skills in a business environment.

“Kaiser Permanente is very proud of our long-standing partnership with INROADS to connect young people from diverse backgrounds with opportunities to thrive in the professional world,” said Ronald L. Copeland, MD, senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. “Being recognized as INROADS’ Corporate Partner of the Year is a tremendous honor, and underscores our mutual commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion to improve the communities we serve.”

Among the examples of Kaiser Permanente’s success with INROADS is the story of sisters Christina, Lauren and Tiffany Cooper, who all completed internships at Kaiser Permanente. All three are full-time employees in the health care industry and two are Kaiser Permanente employees in Georgia. The sisters are featured in this video:

Kaiser Permanente’s work with INROADS demonstrates how the organization is investing in the health care workforce of the future, ensuring that the next generation of health care professionals – on the business and clinical sides – delivers high quality, affordable and culturally responsive care.

Kaiser Permanente partners with INROADS on nine-week internships that offer paid summer experience, scholarships, the opportunity for students to return to the program for consecutive summers and the chance to apply for positions with Kaiser Permanente when they graduate.

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 11.8 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 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. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.