2017 Kaiser Permanente Asian Association (KPAA) Scholarship Program

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2017 Scholarship Program
Please share the attached information with your colleagues, staff and patients.

I am pleased to announce that the KP Asian Association Scholarship Program is now accepting applications from high school students graduating in Spring, 2017. KPAA scholarships recognize students who have brought demonstrable, tangible benefit to an Asian community and have the potential to be future leaders. Students may have demonstrated this potential through their activities in school, in the community, or in the face of unusual circumstances.

Since its inception in 2000, we have awarded 100 scholarships totaling more than $250,000. In 2017, we are pleased to offer seven scholarships of $3,500 each.

We are now accepting applications online at http://aim.applyists.net/KaiserPermanenteAsianAssoc. Online applications must be submitted by April 5, 2017. The scholarships will be formally awarded on June 16, 2017, at the KPAA Asian Pacific American Heritage Awards Dinner in Oakland.

For questions about the scholarship application, please visit http://www.applyists.com/contact-us/contact-us-customer-care/.

For general questions about the scholarship or to learn more about KPAA, please visit http://kaiserpermanente-asianassociation.org/scholarship/.

The following Kaiser Permanente employee associations also offer scholarships:

Kaiser Permanente African American Professional Association – contact Gloria Wilson at Gloria.J.Wilson@kp.org
Kaiser Permanente Pride – contact Alix Sabin at Alix.Sabin@kp.org
Kaiser Permanente Latino Association – contact Berta Alicia Bejarano at Berta.A.Bejarano@kp.org

KP employees interested in financial aid for their own education efforts should call the Kaiser Permanente Student Financial Aid Program at toll-free 866-232-2934 for more information about scholarships and loans to complete degree and certificate programs in nursing and allied health fields. There is also information on the KP intranet at https://epf.kp.org/wps/portal/hr/kpme/career/educationalassistance/StudentFinancialAid_NCAL_SCAL/

KPAA Scholarship FAQ 2017

Interview with Wendy Lee

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Jeff Tran had the pleasure yesterday of interviewing Wendy Lee, senior vice president of Corporate Services and Digital Technologies for our KP Asian Association Leadership Forum event. Wendy shared insights from her career as a woman in engineering, shutting down biases along the way and continuing to develop as a leader today!


KPAA 2016 Mentoring and Training Opportunities!

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KPAA 2016 Mentoring and Training Opportunities!
There are a limited number of spaces, so please register as soon as possible!


As part of our ASCEND Northern California 2016 membership, KPAA has 30 spaces available for two half day training sessions, as well as 5 spaces for a three day mentoring program.

These training and mentoring opportunities are geared towards early to mid-career level professionals and open to all Kaiser Permanente employees.

Please consider participating in one of the training sessions and/or the mentoring program.

Registration is now open and is on a first come first serve basis.
Please use the promo codes below in the check out and payment process to register for FREE!


Inspiring Across Generations Training Session (select one day only)
Registration Link: http://goo.gl/dTBoCd
Promo Code: KP20167IAG

September 23 from 11-5pm
Cisco Systems San Jose Gateway
Conference Center Building J
255 West Tasman Drive
San Jose, CA 95134


November 4 from 11-5pm
Charles Schwab Headquarters
Eighth Floor – Training Rooms A, B, C
215 Fremont Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
3 Day Intensive Mentoring Program (must attend all three days)
Registration Link: http://goo.gl/tuzpAx
Promo Code: KP16NCMentor5

October 15 from 8:30-2:30pm
Three Embarcadero Center
San Francisco, California 94111


October 22 and November 5 from 8:30-2:30pm
Cupertino Hills Swim & Racquet Club
22090 Rae Lane
Cupertino, CA 95014


Accepted for publication – Risk of Cancer in Asian Americans – A Kaiser Permanente Cohort Study

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KPAA would like to highlight the notable work on health disparities done by TPMG’s physicians!

Research titled Risk of Cancer in Asian Americans: A Kaiser Permanente Cohort Study was recently accepted for publication in Cancer Causes and Control.

First author was conducted by Hien Nicole Tran, M.D., Ph.D. and other authors were Yan Li, M.D., Ph.D., Natalia Udaltsova, Ph.D., Mary Anne Armstrong, M.A., Gary D. Friedman, M.D., M.S., and Arthur L. Klatsky, M.D.



Congratulations to Janet Liang as the President of the Northern California Region

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We would like to congratulate Janet Liang, Executive Sponsor of KPAA, in her promotion as the President of the Northern California Region at Kaiser Permanente.

Janet Liang, currently Chief Operating Officer for the Northern California Region, has been promoted to President of our Northern California Region. Janet is currently responsible for advancing the organizational strategy and performance of health plan and hospital operations, providing high-quality and affordable care and coverage for the region’s nearly four million members. She has oversight of the region’s 21 hospitals and campuses and regional functions, including Human Resources, Continuum of Care, Quality and Regulatory Services, and Information Technology. Janet was appointed Chief Operating Officer in June 2014. Her current responsibilities will be folded into her expanded role.

A native San Franciscan, Janet has 25 years of experience in the health care industry. Previously, she was the Regional President of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii for seven years and held executive roles during her 15-year career at Group Health Cooperative in Washington State.

Janet is an active community steward. She has served on numerous community boards in Hawaii and Washington State, supporting education and socio-economic development. She is on the Board of the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, chair for the American Heart Association’s Heart of Gold Campaign and a Board of Governor for Chaminade University. In 2015, she was honored by the San Francisco Business Times as one of the most influential women in Bay Area Business. Janet holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston University and a master’s degree in Health Administration from the University of Washington.


White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Internship Program

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The White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Washington, D.C. offers full-time internships during the spring, summer, and fall. The Initiative is responsible for the implementation of the President’s Executive Order 13515. Its purpose is to develop, monitor, and coordinate executive branch efforts to improve the quality of life of AAPIs through increased participation in federal programs.

Applicants for intern positions must be undergraduates or graduate students who are enrolled at least half-time. Ideally, the candidate will already be familiar with AAPI issues and have outstanding research, writing, communications, and computer skills. The application deadline is July 29, 2016.


APAPA’s 1st Anniversary & Internship Award Gala

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APAPA Solano County Chapter
1st Anniversary & Internship Award Gala

1st Anniversary and Internship Award Gala

Dear APAPA members & friends,
You’re invited to the APAPA Solano County Chapter 1st Anniversary & Internship Award Gala on:
Saturday, August 20, 2016
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Sunrise Banquet Hall and Event Center
620 Orange Drive
Vacaville, CA 95687

Special time offer – Must act by July 20!

Friends (includes 1 ticket) – $50 if purchased by 7/20/16
Table Sponsor (table of 8) – $400 if purchased by 7/20/16

Download PDF and Sponsorship Form: Flyer and Sponsorship Form

To RSVP: email apapasoc@gmail.com by July 20, 2016

KPAA Leader Highlight – John Vu

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John Vu

John Vu
Vice President of Strategy
Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy
Kaiser Permanente



John is the national vice president of strategy for Community Benefit, Research and Health Policy for Kaiser Permanente. He is responsible for providing leadership in the development and implementation of key strategies to help deliver on Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to improving the health of communities. His focus is to ensure alignment and integration of major priorities and business plans across several functional areas, including care and coverage programs for low income people, partnerships with safety net providers, community health initiatives, environmental stewardship, research, health policy, diversity and international programs.

John has been with Kaiser Permanente for 18 years and has previously been a director in national strategic planning and a management consultant focused on business planning. Prior to Kaiser Permanente, he worked in consulting in health care around issues related to strategy and board governance.

He serves on the Advisory Council for the Association for Community Health Improvement as part of the American Hospital Association, was a Fellow in America’s Health Insurance Plan’s Executive Leadership Program and was named a DiversityMBA Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader in 2013. He is a graduate of executive leadership programs at Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. John earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego and a master’s in public health from San Diego State University.

1. What career advice would you provide to young people? 
One bit of career advice I would give is to try and diversify your skill set and knowledge as much as possible, which will position you to be able to take on a broader range of responsibilities in the long run. This is especially important in working at a large and multifaceted organization such as Kaiser Permanente. There are so many functions and activities required to run KP, from analytical, project management, writing, presenting, designing across areas like IT, Finance, Legal, Health Plan, Care Delivery, Human Resources, etc. The more you can develop different “muscles” and seek opportunities to get exposure to as many components of KP as possible, the better you’ll be able to understand our operations and serve our mission.

Related to that, try to never really say ‘no’ to any assignment that may be offered to you, no matter how small it may seem or if it might be beneath what you think your skill level is. You never know where taking on some work may lead you. You might get asked to attend a meeting and take notes and feel like taking notes is too basic for you. Still try and take it on since you don’t know what you might learn in the meeting, who you might meet, or what new and more interesting assignments may come from it.

2. What is the biggest life lesson you’d like to share?
One life lesson I’ve experienced and seen for others, especially as it relates to career, is that so much of the path you end up on ends up being unplanned. Our society tends to push us into certain directions or asks that we have our life course figured out at an early age. We can do all the planning we want but you just never know where life is going to lead you. Now, for some, they figure things out really early, get on a path and march down that path to their destination. For the rest of us, a lot of it is made up as we go. After 10, 20, 30 years, you look  back at where you started and where you are currently and, often, people will say they didn’t totally plan that all out and had no idea they’d be in the job they’re in, living where they’re living, etc. So give yourself some room for the unknown and that it may be okay if you don’t always know “where you’ll be in 5 years.”

3. What causes do you support? Volunteer efforts?
In many ways, my work and job are my cause. I’ve grown to appreciate that I went from having a career to really thinking that it was a calling. My work in Community Benefit for KP is about addressing the conditions that shape health for people and communities. And this goes beyond whether they have access to care or get good treatment — it’s about addressing what creates health and trying to tackle those issues that get in the way in our communities. This could be about food, safety, housing, schools, economic opportunity, and more. I’ve worked my whole career in health and healthcare now and will be committed to fixing these social issues for as long as I can work,, Also, I have two sons, 10 and 7 years old. They have been a huge focus of my life and consume the rest of my energy and time.

4. What does being Asian-American mean to you?
I am a refugee from Vietnam and came to this country with my family seeking an opportunity to live a “good” life. I have really existed on both sides of the “Asian” and the “American.” And that means constantly trying to understand what shapes who I am, what I believe, the values I want to live. It’s meant completely fitting in and not fitting in at all, sometimes in the same place on the same day. As I’ve gotten older and have started making that “good” life for myself, I think about what got me here and who do I owe that to and who might I be able to help. And I feel a tremendous responsibility to try and understand that better every day.

Stretch Opportunities at KP

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Are you — or do you know of someone — interested in a bilingual English-Chinese position at Kaiser Permanente?
There are currently two open bilingual positions based in the Bay Area. Please click on the job links to learn more about each position.

  • Full-Time Enrollment Specialist I – Bilingual English/Chinese or Bilingual English/Spanish, San Mateo (Job #: 491182; https://kp.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobdetail.ftl?job=491182&lang=en): Accountable for creating sales opportunities through targeted enrollment activities to increase membership and build support for KP. Establish and maintain customer relationships to optimize potential for growth. Identify, create and execute on an engagement plan in collaboration with Account Manager. Establish and maintain internal communication links to ensure timely and accurate onboarding of prospective members.
  • On Call Enrollment III – Bilingual English/Chinese, San Francisco (Job #: 485002; https://kp.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobdetail.ftl?job=485002&lang=en): The Enroller is accountable for facilitating targeted enrollment activities to help increase membership and build support for Kaiser Permanente. No benefits will be provided. All incumbents will be hired as On-Call / Per-Diem.


Would you like to be considered for a resume-building, 6-to-12 month project outside of your current department?

If your answer is yes, then you’ll want to learn more about the new Stretch@KP program. This is a pilot KP program that has been initiated and supported by Bernard Tyson, and is meant to enable KP employees to access stretch projects, leaders to access diverse perspectives, and managers to have another method to support career development. To be considered, the interested participant must fall within the following parameters:

Be Director level or below (and non-union)

  • Can commit 2-8 hrs/week of time over 6-12 months
  • Have their managers support (to take on a project outside of their current department/function)
  • Was rated Successful (or better) in the most recent year-end performance review cycle

If you’re interested in being considered for this program — please make sure you’ve discussed this with your manager first — send your name and the name of your department to Angel Johnson, who is the Stretch@KP HR Champion.