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Black At Roche: Enhancing Diversity Brings Innovation to Healthcare

Like many areas of our society, inequalities in healthcare leave the Black community with the short end of the stick, from Black women being three times as likely to die during childbirth, to an ongoing pandemic that has disproportionately affects people of color. As a leader in science and technology, Roche has used its role as a global healthcare company to focus on improving health outcomes, including in vulnerable communities across the globe. Roche has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic through innovations in diagnostics and partnerships across the industry, to help control the outbreak. Roche and Genentech, which is a member of the Roche Group, also strive for an inclusive workplace by committing to hiring and supporting diverse tech talent. By embracing diversity, Roche understands that every discussion and decision can be enriched. We spoke to Roche and Genentech employees on the value of diversity in their workplace. “My interest in drug discovery and development drew me to...

Cecilia Austin

Nov 6, 2020

Walmart Is Now Offering Healthcare Services

You can already get virtually anything you need at Walmart. From a mani-pedi to a tire rotation, from groceries to electronics, Walmart is truly a one-stop-shop. Now it appears they’re expanding their reach into the healthcare industry. Last Fall, Walmart opened the first Walmart Health location in Dallas, GA, with the second Walmart Health location opening in Calhoun, GA in January 2020.  Their services include primary care, dental, hearing, optometry, fitness & nutrition, labs & x-rays, psychiatric counseling, and more for patients with or without insurance coverage. In just a short time, customers have already gushed over the facilities’ courteous staff, quality medical care, and their variety of services. The price points are nothing to sneeze at either.  Patients can meet with a counselor for $45,  get a medical checkup for $30, or a $25 teeth cleaning. Customers can even participate in a free Zumba class. Walmart Health is located inside Walmart Supercenters but has its own...

Stephanie Ogbogu

Feb 26, 2020

Careers In Tech: Karen Ford of Kaiser Permanente Shares Advice On Advancement And The KP Culture

Kaiser Permanente (KP) is dedicated to helping underrepresented groups thrive in tech. Karen Ford, Executive Director and Chief of Staff – Strategy, Planning and Portfolio Management at Kaiser talks about why she loves her job and Kaiser Permanente. Her primary job function includes supporting the 2000+ employees charged with keeping KP’s IT system running smoothly and efficiently. Ford isn’t a stranger to being the only woman — and woman of color — in the room, and she’s excited to be working at a company like KP that reinvests in communities and promotes diversity and inclusion in its ranks. At the end of the day, Ford’s job is to help KP deliver high-quality, affordable health care to Kaiser’s customers. Coming from a career in advertising, marketing, radio, and production, Ford never saw herself in the health care industry. However, she credits her advertising experience with inspiring her to imagine endless possibilities for herself. She still uses the skills she learned early...


Dec 6, 2019