Partnership with The Kennedy Forum elevates mental health

OAKLAND, Calif. – Kaiser Permanente is partnering with The Kennedy Forum and a coalition of prominent mental health and addiction organizations in the launch of Mental Health for US, a national initiative designed to elevate policy conversations about mental health as key discussion points during the U.S. presidential election.

The bipartisan initiative was launched June 10, 2019, by former U.S. Representative Patrick J. Kennedy, D-Rhode Island, founder of The Kennedy Forum, during the 10th-annual advocacy forum of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in Washington, D.C. Kaiser Permanente is supporting the initiative and the coalition, which includes The Kennedy Forum, AFSP, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Council for Behavioral Health, Mental Health America, the JED Foundation, One Mind, and the Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation. The initiative is co-chaired by former U.S. Senator Gordon H. Smith, a longtime mental health advocate.

The goal of the campaign is to bring continued awareness of mental health issues to the forefront of a national discussion at key points during a presidential election, while improving the nation’s literacy around mental health and encouraging those in the mental health and addiction community to take a guiding role, leading the conversation on a national scale.

“The growing demand for mental health care and the shortage of professionals who provide it is a national crisis affecting our friends and families, our communities, and all health care organizations,” said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. “We must continue to work together to solve this challenge. This partnership is an important and significant step forward toward a shared goal.

“Kaiser Permanente is committed to improving mental health and well-being in the country,” Tyson said. “We are leading through significant investments in staffing and facilities, the use of innovations including telehealth and recovery-focused care, and our continuing commitment to raising awareness around mental health issues and reducing stigma.”

“There is so much more we must do to address the gaps in mental health care across the country,” said Don Mordecai, MD, national leader for Mental Health and Wellness at Kaiser Permanente. “By working together with other leaders on mental health education, along with advancing an integrated approach to mental, physical, and emotional health, we hope to lead the way in bringing attention, accessibility, and best practices on this important issue.”

Tyson added, “The initiative’s policy platform, focused on areas of prevention, access, and intervention and recovery, aligns with Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to total health.”

Nearly 1 in 5 Americans live with a mental health condition and 1 in 12 live with addiction. By educating the public on the severity of America’s health crisis, Mental Health for US will use civic engagement with voters and candidates during the election and seek to be a catalyst in addressing mental health and addiction.

“The important work in transforming mental health care in our country does not rest with one organization or institution. We need all stakeholders to come together, and I thank Kaiser Permanente for joining as a champion of this initiative,” said Kennedy, who was lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

The launch of the initiative is the first of many forums where industry leaders will join forces to educate the public and politicians about mental health issues. In Chicago on June 11, 2019, The Kennedy Forum will convene advocates, employers, HR professionals, labor leaders, and others to explore innovative strategies in workplace well-being.

For more information on the Mental Health for US initiative, visit www.mentalhealthforus.net.

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 12.3 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 Permanente Medical Group 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.

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Kamala Harris Was Rudely Interrupted By A White Man At A Presidential Forum And I’m Disgusted

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At MoveOn’s Big Ideas forum this weekend, 2020 presidential candidates were given the platform to discuss how they would turn this country around if they won the election. While candidate Kamala Harris was on stage discussing her agenda to help close the pay gap between men and women, an unknown man crashed the stage. It turns out the man that snatched the microphone from Harris is an animal rights activist named Aidan Cook. He rudely interrupted Harris’ speech about the gender pay gap in hopes of raising awareness about the mass extinction of animals. His attempt was unsuccessful as many hopped on stage to escort him off.

“We sincerely regret that a protestor was able to gain access to the stage at our forum today & we apologize to Sen. [Kamala Harris.] The protester was removed & the program resumed. MoveOn members were excited to hear Harris continue to discuss her Big Idea to achieve pay equity,” MoveOn said via Twitter.

Cook told a reporter from The Guardian that he was well aware of how terrible it looked for him to rush the stage and snatch a microphone from a black woman.

“I did,” he said. “I tried to show my profound respect for each of the people onstage.”

What Cook did was blatantly disrespectful and also symbolizes how devalued the voice of black women is in this country. The fact that Cook thought it was appropriate to bombard the stage and disrupt a noteworthy and necessary conversation between two black women shows the audacity of white privilege and the problematics of it. The point of the Big Ideas forum was to give presidential candidates the stage, so this was not the place or time for him to speak up for animals.

Cook’s efforts were unsuccessful anyway because what is most memorable about his actions is how insolent they were to Harris and the entire forum. People will remember that a white man continued the narrative that it is acceptable to take a platform that was not his from a black woman and disregard her and whatever she was saying. Next time, Cook needs to save his speech for the next animal rights rally, not for when it is time to figure out who we want to run our country.

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NBA and Kaiser Permanente Host Total Health Forum

NEW YORK, – The fourth annual Total Health Forum will be held on Thursday, March 21, at Tribeca 360 in New York, the National Basketball Association and Kaiser Permanente announced today. Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Naismith Hall of Famer Alonzo Mourning and six-time WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw will join the day’s discussions to explore strategies for achieving total health of mind, body and spirit, and ways to build healthier generations. To conclude the event, gold medal-winning gymnast and activist Aly Raisman will sit down with forum host and ESPN’s “SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm to share her personal story of resilience and her ongoing work to empower others.

Through a series of diverse panels and one-on-one conversations, this year’s forum will address the physical and mental wellness challenges facing our communities, focusing specifically on youth and women, and the ways businesses, health care providers, community leaders, coaches and parents can work together to instill long-term health and resilience. Additional participants will include Kaiser Permanente national leader for mental health and wellness Dr. Don Mordecai, NBA President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, JED Foundation Chief Clinical Officer Dr. Nance Roy, My Brother’s Keeper Youth Fellow Devontae Springer and Headspace Head of Sports and Fitness Lindsay Shaffer.

“As the official health care partner of the NBA, Kaiser Permanente works to bring the message of total health to communities across the U.S.,” said Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson. “At this year’s forum, we want to look closely at how adverse childhood experiences — known as ACEs — affect our health, emphasize the importance of resilience, and come together with our partners to make the next generation healthier.”

The Total Health Forum will conclude NBA FIT Week presented by Kaiser Permanente (March 14-21), when all NBA and NBA G League teams host physical and mental wellness activities throughout their communities. Together, the NBA and Kaiser Permanente have hosted hundreds of FIT clinics in cities throughout the U.S., reaching more than 30,000 youth with essential life skills and mental health and wellness programming.

The nonprofit Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest private integrated health system, has served as the NBA’s official health care partner since 2015. Kaiser Permanente provides the NBA with research-oriented strategic consulting, health-related content, and the development of year-round health and wellness programs, including the emotional well-being, mindfulness and stress relief programming that are part of the league’s NBA FIT, Jr. NBA and elite youth development programs.

For more information on NBA FIT and Kaiser Permanente, visit http://fit.nba.com/.

About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.5 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

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 more than 12.2 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 Permanente Medical Group 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.

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The Swiss ski resort of Davos is about to become a refuge for politicians and executives seeking respite from a 2019 that’s mere weeks old and already proving turbulent–China slowing, Brexit unraveling, the U.S. government shuttering.

For those seeking the familiar, this week’s annual World Economic Forum will feature the usual itinerary of glittering Champagne receptions and marquee-name panelists.

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