Wow! It’s 2020 already and moving right along. As always we have been busy fulfilling our mission.
Kaiser Permanente exists to provide high-quality, affordable health care and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.
We believe that good health requires good health care, and more. We recognize that the conditions in our communities have a profound and pervasive impact on the health of the people who live in them. That’s why we are leveraging our assets and collaborating with community partners to help communities thrive beyond health care, to improve housing, food security, economic opportunity, education, and address climate change.
Linda Lawson RN, Outgoing CAO, with husband Vern Lawson
and Mayor Rex Parris, key to the city presentation at the February
Lancaster City Council meeting.

Changing of Local Leadership

It is with warm wishes that we announce the retirement of Chief Administrative Officer, Linda Lawson. Linda has played an important role in the growth and success of Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley. When Linda joined Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley 16 years ago most of the Specialty care was delivered in Panorama City and it was difficult for patients to travel for their medical appointments. We now provide not only Primary Care, but most Specialty Care services through our Integrated care model locally in the Antelope Valley. “We are known for quality care and service and I am so proud our patients can get this care where they live” says Linda.

“My greatest and most proud moment was when we opened our Specialty Care building (known as the Butterfly Building) in September 2014. This medical office building has 66 Provider offices and an Out-patient Procedural Suite in 134,000 sq. feet. As a team we always “put the patient first” and together we have been instrumental in creating the beautiful design and energy efficient building.”

“It is the crowning glory in all of Antelope Valley!” ~Linda Lawson

We are indebted to Linda’s vision and commitment for propelling us to our present position in the community. Linda has been an esteemed member of local medical community for over 42 years, and she will be greatly missed by the community and colleagues alike.


Registered nurse, Alison Segal, has been selected as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley. As a member of the executive team , this position is a key role to ensure that Antelope Valley Medical Center delivers on the promise of Access, Quality, Service and Affordability.

Alison began her career at Antelope Valley Hospital, she transitioned to Kaiser Permanente in 2010 where she was a Department Administrator for specialty departments. More recently Alison has been in an Assistant Medical Group Administrator role at the Antelope Valley Medical Center. Her assignment included the service lines of Surgical, Integrated Musculoskeletal Program, Radiology, Women’s Health Services, Outpatient Procedure Suite and Anesthesia.

Outgoing CAO Linda Lawson said “I am thrilled Alison Segal can continue leading the great care our members deserve as the newly appointed Chief Administrative Officer for the Antelope Valley Medical Group. Alison is a seasoned and accomplished Leader and I can confidently say that her focus on improving performance and putting people as a priority are key elements of her leadership.


Addressing Social Needs for Better Health

Through our Food for Life effort, we’re creating new strategies to make healthy food accessible to everyone, while fostering the important social and cultural connections that food provides. For example, this fall we launched a texting campaign reaching hundreds of thousands of members to identify and enroll members who qualify for CalFresh—California’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program—to enable them to overcome financial barriers to healthy, nutritious food. Looking forward, we seek to influence the food economy by using Kaiser Permanente’s purchasing power to support local and sustainable food sourcing.

Kaiser Permanente partnered with Living Stone Cathedral of Worship to provide free blood pressure

and body mass index screenings, flu vaccinations, as well as plant-based diet and healthy eating active living

information encouraging a healthy lifestyle – mind, body, & spirit


Education Matters for Good Health

Kaiser Permanente helps schools foster a culture of wellness for students, teachers, and school staff through our Thriving Schools partnerships with 297 schools in 21 districts including the Lancaster and Palmdale School Districts.

Working together, we’re making schools a place where good health bolsters learning, using strategies like implementing meaningful physical education curricula, active recess, and healthy food policies.

Early childhood literacy. Healthy eating. Bullying. Conflict management. Prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Through the medium of theatre arts, these are some of the topics taught by Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre’s actor-educators. For more than 30 years, Educational Theatre has helped children, teens, and adults make healthy decisions and build strong communities. In 2018, our Educational Theatre program reached more than 220,000 students across nearly 500 schools. Last October, in honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, they debuted their new cyber-bullying prevention theatre production of “Don’t Forget to Like” at three schools from the Lancaster, Palmdale, and Westside school districts.

 

Don’t Forget to Like Cyber Bullying Prevention Program – Kaiser Permanente Educational Theater performance at Lancaster schools. Bullying is a widespread and serious problem. From the playground to the classroom to the internet, bullying can happen anywhere at any time. Kaiser Permanente’s adolescent bullying awareness program for grades 6 – 8 demonstrates to students that they are not alone and help is available.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaiser Permanente was proud to partner with and congratulate Antelope Valley Union High School District on achieving Gold Certification from the Linked Learning Alliance for providing a systematic approach to education that helps students prepare for college and career, grow through real work experiences, and prepare to participate in civic life.

 

 

 

Boosting Mental Health Care

We are committed to removing barriers to quality mental health care. Through our Community Mental Health and Wellness initiative, we are investing $6 million in community-based strategies to grow the mental health care workforce in the community, spread culturally competent best clinical practices, and reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. Most recently, we provided Mental Health America Los Angeles with $80,000 in grant funding to support community Mental Health First Aid trainings in the Antelope Valley.

 

Kaiser Permanente supported community partner Mental Health America of Los Angeles at

their Golden Bell Awards celebrating the achievements and milestones met by their clients


 

Creating More Housing for Better Health

We believe housing and homelessness are health issues. Being chronically homeless reduces a person’s life expectancy by an average of 27 years. Southern California has among the highest rates of homelessness in our nation.

Leveraging our impact investments and grantmaking, we’re working to increase the supply of affordable housing, improve health care and supportive services for the housing insecure, and reduce homelessness in the communities we serve.

In 2019, Kaiser Permanente established the Thriving Communities social impact investing fund and in collaboration with Enterprise Community Partners, created the RxHome Fund to make impact investments to promote the preservation and production of affordable and permanent supportive housing. In the Antelope Valley, we provided The People’s Concern with a $18,000 grant to support the Kensington Campus project providing housing and supportive services to homeless individuals living in the Antelope Valley.

 


 

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