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Resources & FAqs

Find answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQs) related to the Women in Healthcare Security Network here. If your question is not answered here, please use the form below to contact us.

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What is an employee resource group, and how do they add value to our organization? 

Employee resource groups, or ERGs, are employee-led interest groups that aim to raise awareness of issues facing people of a specific demographic, race, religion, or sexual identity. These groups add value by advocating for a better, more inclusive workplace and socially responsible business practices.
ERGs go by many names, including business resource groups, affinity groups, employee interest groups, and more. Regardless of what your organization calls them, employee resource groups are an excellent way for like-minded individuals to come together, celebrate their similarities and differences, and educate others on the issues and excitement surrounding their interests. Some common ERGs celebrate black professionals, Asian-Pacific heritage, women, LGBTQ, Hispanics, employees with disabilities, remote workers, working parents, veteran employees, and more. BCI will be launching a Veterans Resource Group in the later part of 2020. If you are interested in being involved, please let us know!

CAN SOMEONE FROM OUTSIDE KAISER PERMANENTE JOIN THE NETWORK?

The WIHS Network is an Employee Resource Group funded by Kaiser Permanente. Therefore, membership is only available for people working as part of the KP Security Team through Blackstone Consulting Inc (BCI), Allied Universal, or KP. The WIHS Network website is open to all, but the programs and events are limited to members only.

I'm a woman/identify as female. How can this network help me?

By joining the WIHS Network, everyone gains access to numerous programs and tools that focus on professional development, mentorship, scholarships for certifications, and community groups focused on helping them learn more about leadership and the healthcare security profession. The network will also provide a platform for everyone to share experiences and knowledge with other women and allies across the organization.

I'm a man/identify as male. How can this network help me?

Together we are stronger; therefore, we welcome allies to participate in the network. A WIHS Ally is a security industry male (or those identifying as one), or someone from outside the security industry (any gender) who advocates for equity, diversity, and inclusion. That can start with as little as being open to a conversation around these subjects or supporting diversity-focused events.

This group is open to anyone interested in supporting diversity & inclusion and the efforts to help advance women into leadership positions within our security program. By joining the WIHS Network as a male ally, you gain access to WIHS programs that focus on professional development, diversity & inclusion, and career advancement. We encourage you to become a mentor, participate in group discussions & activities, spread the word about the program and what it means to you to be an ally. The network will also provide a platform for everyone to share experiences and knowledge with other women and allies across the organization.

What is an employee resource group, and how do they add value to our organization? 
Can someone from outside Kaiser join the network?
I'm a woman/identify as female. How can this network help me?
I'm a man/identify as male. How can this network help me?
What kind of support can members expect from this program?
How can I participate in this network?
What is an Ally?

What kind of support can MEMBERS expect from this program?

We are a new network. Therefore, our programs will grow over the coming months and years. In the beginning, you can expect to gain access to professional advice, learning, workshops, and opportunities to connect with other women and allies in your regions. You can also apply for our Mentorship* and Scholarship programs.

 

*Mentees are currently exclusively for female WIHS Network members. All other programs and activities (including being a Mentor and applying for scholarships) are available to any WIHS members.

how can I participate in this network?

When registering, you will have the opportunity to select multiple roles you're interested in, and we will follow up with more information about each of them.

Note: All WIHS Network activities are volunteer-based, and you will not be compensated for your time participating them*.

*The only exception is WIHS Champions, who are compensated for their time when supporting delegated WIHS Network tasks. For questions about compensation, contact Katie.A.Moracco@kp.org.

Member - Members are active in the network. They can recruit other members, attend events, and are eligible to participate in WIHS Network programs. We ask that members participate in at least two WIHS Network events per year. There will be several opportunities to join planning committees and become part of the team of women and men making this group possible! ANYONE who works as part of the KP Security Team through Blackstone Consulting Inc (BCI), Allied Universal, or KP can become a member.

Champion - Champions are essential members of the network who will be the WIHS Network local point of contact. They will help promote WIHS Network activities, recruit members, give us feedback from the field, and answer questions people in your location might have about the network. Anyone on the KP security team can be a WIHS Champion. Learn more 

Ally - Allies are security industry males or someone from outside the security industry (any gender) who advocates for equity, diversity, and inclusion. That can start with as little as being open to a conversation around these subjects or supporting diversity-focused events. Learn more

 

Mentor - Mentors are experienced female and male leaders and trusted allies of the WIHS Mentorship Program. They will advise and provide guidance, for professional development, to a mentee through participation in the Mentorship program

 

Mentee - Mentees are WIHS Network female members (or those identifying as female) seeking professional development and the guidance of a mentor through the Mentorship program.

What is a WIHS ally?

A WIHS Ally is a security industry male (or those identifying as male), or someone from outside the security industry (female or male) who advocates for equity, diversity, and inclusion. That advocacy can start with as little as being open to a conversation around these subjects or supporting diversity-focused events. A few examples of actions of allies are:

  • creating safe spaces for women to be authentic and speaking up,

  • providing growth opportunities equally among male and female workers,

  • giving credit where credit is due,

  • speaking up when witnessing unfair situations,

  • encouraging diversity and inclusion dialogs with other colleagues,

  • having awareness about women's challenges and being empathic.

The benefits of being an ally are mutual growth, comradery, sense of community, and support. You can nominate a WIHS Ally using this form. Self-nominations are welcome! Learn more

Does the WIHS Network accept monetary donations?
How do I join the network and stay updated with its activities?
Is there a cost to join the network?
I am an hourly employee. Do I get compensated for hours spent in WIHS Network activities?
What is a Champion?
What is the process to become a WIHS Champion?

Does the WIHS network accept monetary donations?

This network is currently funded by the Kaiser Permanente Total Health budget and does not accept monetary donations.

how do I join the network and stay updated with its activities?

Please complete this registration form to join our network and be included in all WIHS Network communications. Learn more

is there a cost to join the network?

No, it’s absolutely free. 

I am an hourly employee. do I get compensated for hours spent in wihs network activities?

Members are not compensated for their time participating in activities, as this is a volunteer-based network. The only exception is WIHS Champions, who are compensated for their time only when supporting delegated WIHS Network tasks. For questions about compensation, contact Katie.A.Moracco@kp.org.

what Is a WIHS champion?

WIHS Champions are essential members of the network who will be the WIHS Network local point of contact. They will help promote WIHS Network activities, recruit members, give us feedback from the field, and answer questions people in your location might have about the network. Anyone on the KP security team can be a WIHS Champion. Learn more

what is the process to become a WIHS champion?

When registering to join the network, you will have the opportunity to select multiple roles you're interested in. If you select Champion and a Champion position is available at your site, we’ll consult your Manager to get their approval. If approved, you’ll receive a Champion Onboarding package via email and a call will be scheduled to welcome you aboard and answer any questions you may have.

What type of volunteering is available?

what type of volunteering is available?

All activities in the network are volunteer-based. In terms of roles, you can volunteer as a mentor or as WIHS Champion*. As the network matures, there will be several opportunities to join planning committees and become part of the team of women and men who make this group possible!

In the Regional Council activities, Volunteer Days will happen in places such as food banks and other local efforts.


*The only exception is WIHS Champions, who are compensated for their time only when supporting delegated WIHS Network tasks. For questions about compensation, contact Katie.A.Moracco@kp.org.

how do I apply for the WIHS Network Scholarship Program?

To apply you will need to:

  1. Review the eligibility criteria for the program and confirm your eligibility.

  2. Submit your WIHS Network scholarship application and include your essay.​

Only completed applications with all required supporting materials received by the published deadline will be considered by the Scholarship Selection Committee.
Click here to learn more about the WIHS Network Education & Scholarship Program.

How do I apply for the WIHS Network Scholarship Program?

how long do I have to complete a scholarship course?

We ask that you complete the course within one year of it being awarded.

Do I have to obtain the above scholarships in order?

No, but we recommend you take the course designed for your current position.

How many WIHS Network scholarships can I apply for in one-year?

There will only be one scholarship awarded to an applicant, per calendar year.

How long do I have to complete a scholarship course?
Do I have to obtain the above scholarships in order?
How many WIHS Network scholarships can I apply for in one-year?

What happens if there are more scholarship applicants in a quarter then awards available?

If your application was not considered by the WIHS Scholarship Selection Committee for the quarter in which you applied, your application will automatically be applied for consideration in the next award quarter. You do not need to re-apply.

What happens if there are more scholarship applicants in a quarter than awards available?

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Send us your question via e-mail at WIHS@kp.org.

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