Nkem Chukwumerije, MD, MPH, FACP, President and Chief Medical Executive Officer, Permanente Southeast Medical Group, named to Modern Healthcare’s 2023 “Top 25 Diversity Leaders” List

Dr. Chukwumerije, national physician who leads equity, inclusion and diversity for Permanente Medical Group, honored for championing programs that break down bias and address microaggressions

OAKLAND, California., October 17, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — The Permanente Federation announced today that Nkem ChukwumerijeMD, MPH, FACP, president and executive medical director of Permanente Southeast Medical Group and executive sponsor and national physician leader of equity, inclusion and diversity for the Group Permanente Healthcare, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare as one of this year’s “Top Diversity” Leaders.” The Modern Healthcare recognition program honors top diverse individuals and organizations leaders influence policy, care delivery and public health, as well as promote diversity, equity and inclusion within their organizations and across the healthcare industry.

Modern Healthcare recognized Dr. Chukwumerije for his collaboration in the continued implementation of Belong@KP Part One Disrupt Bias, a program launched in 2021 to help Permanente physicians, clinicians and staff Medical Group identifies and reduces recurring forms of bias in the workplace. They also recognized Dr. Chukwumerije for leading a campaign to promote respectful interactions by addressing subtle forms of discrimination known as microaggressions at Southeast Permanente Medical Group, one of the largest multi-specialty groups in Georgia. Additionally, Modern Healthcare selected Dr. Chukwumerije for equity, inclusion and diversity practice, who leads patrols of medical office buildings within his medical group to promote the importance of these concepts. that concept among physicians, clinicians, and staff.

“This honor recognizes the commitment of our physicians, clinicians, nurses and staff to improving the health of our communities by addressing racial inequities,” said Dr. Chukwumerije. race and overcoming systemic and structural barriers both in the workplace and among the communities we serve.” “It also honors their dedication to addressing inequities and disparities in health outcomes by providing equitable, culturally responsive care to all members and our patients.”

Also named to the 2023 “Top 25 Diversity Leaders” program are Ron Copeland, MD, senior vice president of National Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Policy, and chief equity, inclusion and diversity officer for the Kaiser Foundation Hospital and Health Plan. Dr. Copeland also serves on the board of directors of the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and the National Organization on Disability.

Together, Dr. Copeland and Dr. Chukwumerije are central to Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to lead the country in improving clinical and workforce training and building stronger relationships with communities to Address ongoing health disparities. Leaders earlier this year discussed Kaiser Permanente’s latest equity, inclusion and diversity efforts, how the medical community can better serve underserved populations in healthcare. healthcare and reflect on their personal journeys in an episode of the Permanente Medicine Podcast about putting equity, inclusion and diversity first. care delivery center.

The full list of Modern Healthcare honorees and their profiles are available at ModernHealthcare.com/awards/top-diversity-leaders-healthcare-2023 and in October 16 problem of Modern healthcare magazine. Digital registration is required to view records online.

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Introducing Permanente Medical Group
Permanente Medical Groups are multispecialty, physician-led, prepaid medical groups comprised of more than 23,000 physicians. We are dedicated to our mission of improving the health of our patients and communities. Together with Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, we are the award-winning Kaiser Permanente health care system providing Permanente Medicines to 12.7 million Kaiser Permanente members. We work collaboratively, supported by advanced facilities and technology, to provide world-class preventive and complex care focused on eight states from Hawaii ARRIVE state of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

About the Permanente Federation
Permanente Federal LLC is the national leadership and consulting organization for eight Permanente Healthcare Groups, along with Kaiser Foundation Health Plans and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, including Kaiser Permanente. The Federation works on behalf of the Permanente Medical Group to optimize care delivery and dissemination of person- and family-centered, compassionate, evidence-based, supportive Permanente Medicine technological, culturally responsive, team-delivered, and physician-led. The Federation, headquartered in Oakland, California, fosters an open learning environment and accelerates research, innovation and performance improvement across Permanente Medical Groups to expand the reach of its delivery model. Kaiser Permanente provides integrated care and leads the nation in transforming health care delivery.

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