George Halvorson is the Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding. He has served for more than 30 years as CEO of six different health care delivery and financing organizations in this country, and has helped start similar health care delivery and financing organizations in several countries. Halvorson served most recently as Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO from 2002 – 2014, before retiring as CEO in July 2013, and Chairman in January 2014.
Currently Halvorson is chair of the First 5 Commission for Children and Families for the State of California. In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Halvorson to a four-year term as chair. The Commission uses roughly $500 million each year — raised from tobacco taxes — to provide support and education to children in California from birth to 5 years old. Halvorson is a member of the Right Start Commission for Children for the State of California, and is an advisory council member for the Too Small To Fail Commission. He currently serves as a member of the CEO Advisory Council for the Ready Nation coalition.
The Institute for InterGroup Understanding works on issues of racism, prejudice, discrimination, misogyny, and InterGroup stress and conflict. Halvorson has now written four books on those topics, which are all available as teaching materials from the Institute.
Electronic versions of the InterGroup books can be downloaded or read directly from the Institute for InterGroup Understanding website at no charge. The books and the Institute website explain how our instinctive behaviors steer us into conflict in various intergroup settings, and outline and explain steps we can and should take to create intergroup Peace.
In addition, Halvorson has authored seven books on health care reform. His most recent health care book, Ending Racial, Ethnic and Cultural Disparities in American Health Care, discusses the major disparities that exist by race and ethnicity in American health care today, and explains how to either end those disparities, or prevent them from happening. His earlier book, Health Care Will Not Reform Itself, was cited by a number of people as being a useful guidance tool in building the health care reform legislation for the past several years. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet both placed Halvorson’s health care books on their recommended reading lists.