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Kaiser Permanente's Family Violence Prevention Program Honored

Dec 20, 2007

Kaiser Permanente’s Family Violence Prevention Program in Northern California was honored as one of the most innovative health care programs of the year by the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) last month. The 2007 “eValue8 Health Plan Innovation Awards” identify and recognize the innovative and creative work of providers that develop and implement programs that address critical health care issues.

The Family Violence Prevention Program was created at Kaiser Permanente’s Richmond Medical Center in 1998. It is now in place in all Northern California Kaiser Permanente medical centers. The program takes a comprehensive approach to reducing the impact of domestic violence among health plan members through screening, identification and referral. Facilities in other regions are using the Northern California model to create similar family violence prevention programs.

“This award recognizes that, while domestic violence is a critical issue that impacts health care costs and workplace productivity, it’s also an issue that health care providers can help solve,” said Kaiser Permanente Family Violence Prevention Program Director Brigid McCaw, MD. “The award also highlights one of the reasons I am a physician at Kaiser Permanente: We develop, implement, and measure new approaches to complex health issues, and we share our successful practices with other medical care systems.”

The three winners were chosen from more than 60 entries. The two other winners of “eValue8 Awards” were BlueChoice HealthPlan in South Carolina for its Great Expectations Migraine Program, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan’s Collaborative Quality Initiatives program.

To learn more about Kaiser Permanente’s Family Violence Prevention Program, visit http://xnet.kp.org/domesticviolence/.

The National Business Coalition on Health is a nonprofit organization of 70 employer-based health care coalitions, representing more than 7,000 employers and 34 million employees and their dependents in the United States. To learn more about the “eValue8 Awards” and NBCH, visit www.nbch.org/.

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