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Sharon Combs Urges Parents to Protect Their Kids Against Measels

When 85-year-old Sharon Combs sees parents pushing strollers, she stops them and urges them to get the MMR vaccine, the vaccine that prevents against measles, as well as mumps and rubella. Combs’ son, Jeffrey, contracted Measles when he was six months old, before the vaccine had been introduced. Soon thereafter he experienced very high temperatures, auditory nerve damage, became deaf and experienced many other developmental delays.

But that wasn’t the worst of it. “The Measles made him sick for years,” she said, and he died at the young age of 30. He died as the result of kidney failure, after experiencing two unsuccessful kidney transplants. “His doctor told me his body had aged as an 80-year-old body would have," she said.

Combs has been advocating for the Measles vaccine for the last 65 years but feels it’s even more important right now, with the recent Measles outbreak, to get the message across. “If just one child gets spared this mess, it’s worth it to me. That’s why I tell parents to get their kids the shots they need,” Combs says.

Support Kaiser Permanente West LA’s Back 2 School Drive 8/1 – 8/30

As a part of our mission to support the communities we serve, Kaiser Permanente West LA and genKP are sponsoring a back to school supply drive from Thursday, August 1 – Friday, August 30. The donations will go to the LAX Coastal Education Foundation to distribute to local schools. This event will serve middle school children living in our local communities.

For these children, your donation is more than a supply; it is a moment of hope for a child to go further in his or her education and future.

Drop Off Locations:

Medical Center:

  • Hospital Administration, 5th Floor
  • Medical Group Administration, 5th Floor
  • Hospital Lobby, 1st Floor
  • Venice Admin. Office, 1st Floor

MOBs: Administration Offices (Baldwin Hills – Crenshaw, Culver Marina, Inglewood, Playa Vista, Santa Monica, South LA, Venice, and Wateridge)

  • Robertson
  • Vision Services

Suggested Items:

  • Folders
  • Lined paper
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Pencil cases
  • Highlighters and Sharpies
  • Sharpeners
  • Large Pink Erasers
  • Bookmarks
  • Protractors
  • Post It Notes

Please only give NEW items, nothing used.

Click here for a flyer to share with your department.

For more information, please contact Danielle N. Salmon at Public Affairs at tie-line 8-390-2761.

KP West LA Participates in the Global Big Latch On Event

Join us at 10:30 a.m. sharp as we celebrate The Global Big Latch On, a synchronized breastfeeding event happening around the world! Bring your baby (babies) and join a movement around the world to strengthen national and global support for breastfeeding and to improve the health of children and women around the world. For more information visit


This event is held during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) and is an opportunity for mothers, friends, family and the community to promote and support breastfeeding.


There will be raffles for prizes, giveaways, and information and resources the community offers to support breastfeeding.

*Please note this event will be photographed.


What: Global Big Latch On

When: August 2, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (please arrive by 9:30 a.m. to participate in the 10:30 a.m. Global Big Latch)

Where: Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills-Crenshaw Conference Center

For more details, check out The Global Big Latch On Flyer (2019)

KP Partners with AARP on Family Caregiver Instructional Video Series

Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles has entered into a 2-year partnership with AARP to use their Family Caregiver Instructional Video Series and Resources. The resources on the are available to our providers and members alike, and will be available on our intranet and WLA microsite.

The Resources include 2-5 minute Instructional Videos and related Resource Guides to help promote Wellness for a member in the home setting as well as help smooth the transition from Hospital to Home. Topics include:


Managing Incontinence

  • Helping Someone to the Toilet
  • How to Talk with Someone about Incontinence*
  • Managing Incontinence: Difficulty Getting Out of Bed*
  • Managing Incontinence: How Family Caregivers Can Help
  • Managing Incontinence at Home*
  • Seeking Support: Managing a Family Member’s Incontinence
  • Selecting Incontinence Products*


Managing Medications

  • Beyond Pills: Eye Drops, Patches & Suppositories
  • Dealing with Dementia-Related Resistance
  • Discharge Planning from Hospital to Home
  • Giving Insulin Injections
  • Hospital Discharge Planning
  • Organizing and Administering Pills



  • Basics of Care to Wheelchair Transitions
  • Getting from a Car to a Wheelchair*
  • Moving from a Walker to Shower or Bed*
  • Preparing your Home for Safe Mobility*
  • Transferring from Assistive Device to Shower or Bed
  • Using a Walker or Cane and Navigating Stairs
  • What to Do When Someone Falls*


Special Diets

  • G-Tube Feeling Guidelines
  • Helping to Feed Persons with Dementia
  • Managing Low Appetite
  • Modifying Food Textures
  • Nutrition Basics
  • Reducing Sodium


Wound Care

  • Caring for and Maintaining Ostomy Bags
  • Caring for Lower Extremity Wounds and Cellulitis
  • Diabetic Foot Care: Treatment and Prevention*
  • General Principles of Wound Care*
  • Pressure Ulcers: Prevention and Skin Care
  • Treatment of Skin Tears

*available in both English and Spanish.


Kaiser Permanente West LA is on Twitter!

Did you know Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles is on Twitter? We are, and every day we share the latest news and events happening at our West Los Angeles facilities!

Follow our Twitter page (@kpwestla) to stay up to date on everything.

See you there!