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World Sickle Cell Awareness Day is June 19

The United Nations created this day to raise awareness of sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is the most common inherited blood condition in the United States. It occurs in about 1 out of every 365 Black births, and 1 in every 16,300 Hispanic American births, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California has a long history of providing high-quality care with research and comprehensive treatment for SCD patients, underscoring our commitment to being at the forefront of providing culturally responsive care for the diverse communities we serve.

Kaiser Permanente Southern California's nationally recognized sickle cell program offers innovative therapies and acute care in clinics to prevent hospitalization. A close partnership exists between the award-winning Sickle Cell Center of Excellence at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles and the Regional Sickle Cell Center for pediatric patients established in 2021 at Kaiser Permanente Downey. This multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered dieticians, and social services takes a comprehensive approach to the treatment of the disease.

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Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles Partners With Local Schools To Mentor Tomorrow’s Doctors

For over 15 years, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles staff and physicians have inspired local youth to pursue medicine by mentoring teens as part of the Kaiser Permanente Hippocrates Circle program, which introduces under-represented students to careers in health care. Read more.

Beat the Heat: Dr. Kimberly Petrick Discusses Common Mistakes During Extreme Heat

Dr. Kimberly Petrick, Family Practice Physician at Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles, joins CBS News to discuss the incoming hot weather and how to stay safe as temperatures reach triple digits.

Kaiser Permanente Supports Pride Month

Dr. Holly Kim, gender health physician, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles, speaks with KTLA 5 on our commitment to caring for the LGBTQ+ community.

Care You Can Be Proud of

June is Pride Month, and Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles is joining the voices that are uplifting and celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community, a community created from hope, strengthened by diversity, and united in pride. Whether or not you consider yourself as part of the LGBTQIA+ community, you may not know that there are many health concerns affecting this group. This month, we offer tips and resources to help our LGBTQIA+ community get the best health care possible, so they can thrive in mind, body, and spirit. Click to learn more.