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Ron Knox: Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Oral History Project II Year 3 Theme: Diversity and Culturally Competent Care

Interviewee(s):
Knox, Ron
Interviewer(s):
Meeker, Martin
Title:
Ron Knox: Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Oral History Project II Year 3 Theme: Diversity and Culturally Competent Care
Abstract:
Ronald Knox was raised in California's San Joaquin Valley and educated at UC Berkeley. After graduating, he helped establish a neighborhood health center in East Palo Alto, California. In the 1970s, Knox was hired as a personnel director by the Kaiser Permanente facility in Redwood City, the first person of color to hold this position in Kaiser Permanente. While in that position, he managed labor relations, personnel recruitment, and local affirmative action programs, and became an advocate for equal employment opportunity in the organization. Knox went on to play a key role on the organization's Minority Recruitment and Promotion Taskforce, which led to the establishment of the Office of National Diversity and the National Diversity Council. When Mr. Knox was interviewed in 2009, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals. In this interview, Mr. Knox discusses his advocacy of diversity and equal employment opportunities within Kaiser Permanente, and his leadership role in the development and evolution of culturally competent health care, the creation of minority and women Commerce, Industry, and Labor enterprise programs, creation and nation-wide expansion of linguistic services throughout the organization, and the development of Kaiser Permanente's nationally recognized, largest, and longest running conference on corporate diversity in the country. Approximately 4 hours; video interview conducted by Martin Meeker.
Subject area(s):
Science, Technology, and Health
Commerce, Industry, and Labor
Community and Identity
Interview date(s):
2009
Project:
Kaiser Permanente Medical Care
Rights:
Knox, Ron. "Ron Knox: Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Oral History Project II Year 3 Theme: Diversity and Culturally Competent Care." Interview by Martin Meeker in 2009. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2011.