TED Talks Coming to KP Oct. 6: Destiny-Simone Ramjohn, PhD, Community Benefit Director Among Speakers


TED talks — those dynamically short presentations that are intended to rock your soul and encourage folks to take positive action — are coming to Kaiser Permanente as TEDxKP. Eight KP speakers — including Destiny-Simone Ramjohn from the Mid-Atlantic region — will take the stage in Pasadena, Calif., on October 6 to share their inspirational stories, spread ideas, and spark engagement.

The talks span a broad range of topics, from the emotional tale of an ER physician moved to rewrite his definition of “patient-centric care” after tragedy hit home, to the lessons learned in the streets – and clinics – of Baltimore that taught KP how to be a community conduit for total health.

TedxKP will be streamed live across the enterprise, and all KP employees and physicians are encouraged to register for an e-ticket to view the live webcast (10 am Pacific, 1 pm Eastern) or attend a watch party. Visit http://www.kp.org/tedxkp for details.

Videos of the talks also will be posted online after the October 6 event. “Ideas worth spreading” is the motto behind TED, a nonprofit organization that began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, according its website. Its mission was – and still is – to change attitudes and lives through rethinking the status quo and asking ‘Is good really good enough?’

Since its inception more than 70 years ago, Kaiser Permanente has also been known as a leader in groundbreaking ideas and innovation. “Once we land on a great idea, identify a best practice or find a way to improve our quality, we want to share it across the organization,” explained Michael Kanter, executive vice president and chief quality officer, The Permanente Federation; regional medical director of Quality & Clinical Analysis, Southern California Permanente Medical Group associate dean of Quality Science, Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine and one of three executive sponsors of the TEDxKP effort.

“That’s why KP and TED are teaming up,” said Pat Courneya, MD, executive vice president and chief medical officer for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals and executive sponsor of TEDxKP. “We wanted to find an exciting way to share some of our remarkable stories across the organization, and decided that hosting a TEDx event would help accomplish our goal.”

“It will be storytelling like you’ve never heard or seen before,” added Nirav Shah, MD, senior vice president and chief operating officer for clinical operations for Kaiser Permanente Southern California and executive sponsor of TEDxKP. “We are hoping that these stories will inspire everyone at KP to share their ideas and spread the word.”

For more information about the event, webcast registration, speakers and topics go to www.kp.org/tedxkp.

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