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John August Healthcare

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John August is the Scheinman Institute’s Director of Healthcare and Partner Programs. His expertise in healthcare and labor relations spans 40 years. John previously served as the Executive Director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions from April 2006 until July 2013. With revenues of 88 billion dollars and over 300,000 employees Kaiser is is one of the largest healthcare plans in the US. While serving as Executive Director of the Coalition, John was the co-chair of the Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente, the largest, most complex, and most successful labor-management partnership in U.S. history. He also led the Coalition as chief negotiator in three successful rounds of National Bargaining in 2008, 2010, and 2012 on behalf of 100,000 members of the Coalition. 

Healthcare Insights: Doctors as Leaders

In this month's edition of Healthcare Insights, John August profiles Drs. Nikki Cotler and Morris Gagliardi, practitioners and leaders at Gotham Health/Gouverneur Hospital in New York City. They chose public health to make a real difference on behalf of our most vulnerable populations.
Depiction of two doctors discussed in the article.
Healthcare Insights: Doctors as Leaders

Healthcare Insights: Today's Young Doctors Have Formed Their Own Union

John August explores the recent union organizing efforts of young doctors.
Lorenzo Gonzalez, MD, MPL and Yariana Rodriguez Ortiz, MD
Healthcare Insights: Today's Young Doctors Have Formed Their Own Union

Healthcare Insights: The Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership is 25 Years Old

John August explains the historical importance behind the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership's 25 year history.
Doctors examining a medical photograph
Healthcare Insights: The Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership is 25 Years Old

Healthcare Insights: Building the Healthcare Workforce of the Future

John August explains how a focus on social determinants of health and high quality jobs is necessary to transform the healthcare system in the coming years.
A group of healthcare workers standing together
Healthcare Insights: Building the Healthcare Workforce of the Future

Healthcare Insights: Why are Healthcare Workers Wearing the Wrong Masks?

John August stresses the need for elastomeric respirators to best protect the health and safety of healthcare workers.
A picture of a healthcare worker wearing an elastomeric respirator.
Healthcare Insights: Why are Healthcare Workers Wearing the Wrong Masks?

Healthcare Insights: Exclusive Survey Examines Nation’s Largest Public Health System

John August and Lily Mackey release findings of a survey of NYC Health and Hospitals
View of a NYC Health and Hospitals Building
Healthcare Insights: Exclusive Survey Examines Nation’s Largest Public Health System

Healthcare Insights: Workplace Innovation In New York’s Public Health Care System

John August and Lily Mackey explore how the doctors' union impacted working conditions at New York City Health and Hospitals system
Image of a nurse putting on a mask.
Healthcare Insights: Workplace Innovation In New York’s Public Health Care System

Healthcare Insights by John August

John August explains how empowering workers leads to better healthcare for patients.
A group of nurses and doctors poses for a photo.
Healthcare Insights by John August

Healthcare Insights by John August

Scheinman's John August provides an analysis of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted disparities in health care.
Healthcare worker posing for a photo in her scrubs.
Healthcare Insights by John August

Healthcare Insights by John August

Director of Partner and Healthcare Programs John August discusses the nursing shortage crisis in America.
Healthcare worker puts on a mask
Healthcare Insights by John August

Solutions For Healthcare Worker Burnout

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, John August takes a deep dive into healthcare worker burnout.
Nurse in scrubs
Solutions For Healthcare Worker Burnout

Healthcare For NY’s Most Vulnerable During the Pandemic

Scheinman's John August moderates a panel on ethical decision-making for patients, families, and doctors during the pandemic.
Doctor looks over patient
Healthcare For NY’s Most Vulnerable During the Pandemic