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Vail Daily column: Joining the discussion on mountain health care

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD
Vail Living Well

Next month, one of my direct reports at Kaiser Permanente, Maureen McDonald, will head to Vail to participate in the Vail Living Well Forum for Optimum Health.

This Forum comes at an exciting time for Kaiser Permanente. Last May, we announced our intention to bring our care delivery and coverage model to Colorado mountain communities by 2016, initially focusing along the Interstate 70 corridor area, including the Vail Valley.

Kaiser Permanente has served Colorado residents, primarily along the Front Range, for more than 40 years. You may have heard of us, but you may not be aware that we are the state's largest nonprofit health plan. We don't make a profit or deliver dividends to shareholders. Instead, we invest in the community to improve health for all Coloradans. In 2013, we provided Colorado with $96 million in community benefit funding.

CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY

In keeping with our mission, when Kaiser Permanente comes to a new community, we make every effort to become integrated into that community, to understand the needs and then identify ways that Kaiser Permanente can partner with public and private organizations to improve health.

We are thrilled to join the Vail Living Well Forum to be part of this important conversation on health. We also look forward to additional opportunities to connect with residents and local business and community leaders in the mountain communities in the days and months ahead.

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Kaiser Permanente stands for total health, and this Forum aligns with our identity as an organization. When we talk about total health, we talk about it in terms of mind, body and spirit — something that is shared in the model for Vail Living Well.

We are excited for the opportunity to learn from the various researchers, CEOs and executives who are taking part in the forum — some local, some international, but all with worldwide reach. We look forward to a robust discussion, shared ideas and collaborations and sincerely hope we can work together to move this state, our nation and our world toward a healthier tomorrow.

Jandel Allen-Davis, MD, is vice president of government and external relations and research for Kaiser Permanente Colorado. The Vail Living Well Forum for Optimum Health is an invite only event, with some spots still available. The public is invited to attend live ForumX Talks on Sept. 12 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Sonnenalp Hotel. The free talks feature four innovative speakers and attendees will learn cutting edge research on health and well-being topics.