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Loel S. Solomon

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Loel S. Solomon

Vice President, Community Health
Kaiser Permanente
community initiatives to improve health outcomes
improving health care services among vulnerable populations
environmental and policy changes to improve community health
racial and ethnic health disparities at the state level
patient care outcomes at hospitals across California
national health care reform


Loel S. Solomon is Kaiser Permanente's vice president for community health. Previously, he served as national director of community health initiatives and evaluation at Kaiser Permanente's Community Benefits Program, a philanthropic venture that sought to improve the health of communities through partnerships, education, sharing clinical expertise, research, grants and services to vulnerable populations. Since he joined the program in 2003, Solomon has been responsible for a national effort to improve health outcomes in Kaiser Permanente communities by focusing on environmental and policy change. Earlier, Solomon served as deputy director of the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development for Healthcare Quality and Analysis, where he oversaw hospital outcomes and analyses of racial and ethnic health disparities. Solomon was also a senior manager at Lewin Group, where he helped design and facilitate community health initiatives sponsored by the United Auto Workers and the automobile industry. Solomon's policy experience includes service on U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy's health staff and former President Bill Clinton's Task Force on National Healthcare Reform. Solomon received his Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University and his master's in public policy at UC Berkeley. He is the author of several journal articles and a book chapter.

One Kaiser Plaza, 21st Floor (Bayside)
Oakland  California  94612
United States
Office Phone: 
(510) 271-6401


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