As director of Northern California Community Benefit Programs, Jean Nudelman is responsible for leading Kaiser Permanente’s efforts to enhance the health of communities throughout Northern California. Kaiser Permanente’s commitment includes expanded access to care; support for the safety net and Healthy Eating Active Living initiatives; and developing and disseminating knowledge, including research, health literacy programs and training for future health care professionals. Among the highlights of Jean’s current role is responsibility for the development and implementation of strategic grant programs including Safety Net Partnerships, Community Health Initiatives and Outreach Efforts that help people access health and human services, including public health care options. Jean is responsible for the region’s contributions programs, which provided over $20 million in regional grants to community partners in 2009.
Before taking on the role of Director of Northern California Community Benefit Programs, Jean led the team that developed implementation of Child Health Plan as the director of Kaiser Permanente Cares for Kids (1997-2002). The Child Health Plan is a heavily-subsidized comprehensive health care program for children who are not eligible for public or private coverage. She developed an outreach strategy to support community based organizations develop capacity to enroll children into all programs.
From 1990 to 1992, Jean was the legislative planner for the San Francisco Department of Public Health and developed legislative analyses and supported advocacy for SFDPH. She led legislative proposals and projects for needle exchange and to increase matching FFP for case management and outreach. Additionally, she advocated on behalf of SFDPH during 1990’s realignment.
Prior to her work as a legislative planner, she worked as a public health consultant at the Contra Costa County Health Services Department. She supported community coalitions to address public health issues using Spectrum of Prevention and Health/Nutrition and Tobacco control efforts in Contra Costa County, leading to introducing first state bill on nutrition labeling.
Jean received her BA from Oberlin College in Classical Archeology and her MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.