The Kaiser Permanente Asian Association advances the broad mission of Kaiser Permanente, to provide high quality affordable health care to the communities we serve. This includes a particular focus on the needs of Asian Pacific Islander communities within the Northern California region, and the development of internal and community leaders who can help those communities thrive.
In support of the diverse communities we serve, Kaiser Permanente’s Asian Pacific Island employees believe that they have equal opportunities to serve as leaders, and see their own cultures reflected and valued by KP leadership teams at every level. The Kaiser Permanente Asian Association is recognized as a significant voice and leader in the MBRG community, instrumental in realizing KP’s goal to be a national leader in diversity and inclusion.
The Kaiser Permanente Asian Association (KPAA) is a multicultural business resource group formed in early 1992 KPAA was seen as a vehicle to allow many of our physicians and employees of Asian origin to develop the skills necessary to motivate and encourage the workforce.
In the Northern California Region, the API population makes up more than 25 percent of the physician and employee workforce, and about 8 percent of our health care membership. A tremendous opportunity exists, therefore, to fully utilize our API cultural heritage to enhance Kaiser Permanente’s competitive advantage and service to our members, employees and physicians, as well as to the community at large. Over the past 20 years, our focus has been on community grant giving, college scholarships, professional networking, and educational development.
Today, KPAA includes approximately 800 members with a common interest in promoting professional development and culturally competent care at Kaiser Permanente.