JA Job Shadow – Kaiser Permanente

Virtual JA Job Shadow Overview

Below you will find the overview for the virtual JA Job Shadow at Kaiser Permanente. During the next few hours, you should complete steps 1 and 2. You should watch at least TWO videos from step 3, but JA encourages you to watch all Deep Dive videos. Lastly, check out some of the supporting documents that Kaiser has provided.

Before starting any of the videos, you should open your virtual JA Job Shadow Student Guide. This is where you can take notes throughout these videos and take the most away from this experience. For this event, please complete the full student guide document. The only section that should be skipped over is called “Scenario Challenge.” Remember – if you hear any terms or words that you are not familiar with, write those down! You can then review the additional documents the company has sent over to see if they cover those words you don’t know. If they don’t, it is your turn to do your own research!

Now let’s get started!

Step 1 – Company Overview: 

Your health. Our cause.

At Kaiser Permanente, everything works together for one very important cause: You.

Your Personal Care Team

Our doctors, hospitals, and health plans are all connected – collaborating seamlessly across specialties so you can stay at your best. 

Care Your Way

You get convenient access to care that fits your life. Talk to a health care professional from anywhere – by phone, email, or video. 

Care for the Whole You

With a focus on preventive care, our health and wellness resources help you – and your community – thrive in mind, body, and spirit. 

Our Mission

Providing high-quality, affordable health care services and improving the health of our members and the communities we serve. This is our mission, and our employees live this every day.

Below you will find a few resources to help kick off this virtual event! Check out more details about what Kaiser Permanente is all about by clicking their website. Once you have done a bit more research, head over to the company overview and tour. 

  • Company Website 
  • Company Welcome & Overview:
    • Amy Whited – Executive Director of Marketing, Communications, Community Health & Engagement (Colorado)
  • Campus Tours:
    • Kaiser Permanente Lonetree, CO tour
    • Sidney R. Garfield Healthcare Innovation Center Virtual Tour
      • Innovation is in Our DNA
        • The Garfield Center is named after Kaiser Permanente’s founding physician, Dr. Sidney Garfield.  He was a passionate innovator of hospital design, care delivery, and the power of computers in health care. Dr. Garfield pioneered a game changing health care delivery model that kept people well, in addition to providing care when ill. He envisioned a system that encouraged members to maintain a healthy lifestyle, which ultimately became the roots of Kaiser Permanente’s “Thrive” motto. Dr. Garfield’s curiosity and drive to improve systems are reflected in the mission, projects, and future-minded vision of our Center today.
      • Here at the Garfield Innovation Center, we help bring those ideas to life to create better experiences for our members, clinicians, and employees.
        • Kaiser Permanente teams apply their field experience to explore new care solutions through hands-on simulations, quick prototyping, and technology testing. Successful initiatives evolve into pilot programs in Kaiser Permanente medical centers, clinics, offices across the nation – and sometimes even around the world. As the largest health care innovation center in the country, we inspire the people of Kaiser Permanente to imagine the future of health care and give them tools to create it. We’re proud to be part of innovations that save lives, time, and resources.
      • Virtual Visit
        • Everyone knows the saying about a picture being worth a thousand words. Well, our interactive virtual tour is practically an encyclopedia of all things Garfield Innovation Center. One of our Kaiser Permanente tour guides will navigate you through all our diverse areas under our roof as we explore the functions and goals for each of our areas.

Step 2 – Employee Panel: Now that you know a bit more about the mission of Kaiser Permanente and what they do on campus, it is time to meet some of their employees! Check out these panel discussions to hear about some of the possible career opportunities that could be waiting for you. Take notes on some of the amazing things these panelists do at a high level. You will get a chance to learn more about them and their days in the next step.

  • Employee Panel Discussion Video 1
    • Panelists:
      • (Moderator) Dawn Paepke – Sr. Specialist Community Health & Engagement 
      • Cortney Eisses – VP, Continuum of Care 
      • Sarah Allen – VP, Performance Acceleration Officer 
  • Employee Panel Discussion Video 2
    • Panelists:
      • (Moderator) Dawn Paepke – Sr. Specialist Community Health & Engagement  
      • Jorge Avendano-Curiel – Sr. Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Program Manager  
      • Troy Stone – Workplace Diversity Consultant

Step 3 – Department Deep Dives: You’ve now heard a high level overview of what possible job opportunities are available at Kaiser Permanente, but what does each of these department’s and employee’s days look like? Several of our volunteers have recorded a video to walk you through their days, give a feel for what their job entails, and provide additional context about their overall career journey! Click on their names to watch each Deep Dive video. 

  • Amy Whited – Executive Director of Marketing, Communications, Community Health & Engagement (Colorado)
  • Justice Onwordi – Kaiser Permanente/American Public Health Association Fellow 
  • Lynnette Namba – Sr. Community Health Specialist 

Step 4 – Additional Resources: Congratulations! You have just finished our virtual JA Job Shadow! It wouldn’t be an actual event if you didn’t get some handouts! Below are some additional resources provided by Kaiser Permanente. They give you a bit more information on what they do at their office and also provide some more context on some of the things mentioned throughout the videos. 

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