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KCK health care provider encourages staff to register to vote

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-23 00:12:31-04

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Talking politics at the workplace usually don't mix. However, at Vibrant Health, a health care provider in Kansas City, Kansas, the discussion among staff isn't about party lines but about the process.

"She finally came to one day and asked, 'Are you gonna vote?' And I was like, 'No,' and she was like, 'Come on, please do for me' and she started getting into why it's important to vote," Javon Bailey, a medical assistant at Vibrant Health, said.

That simple exchange Bailey had with a colleague led him to register for the upcoming election.

It's part of an initiative Vibrant Health is doing among staff to drive higher voter engagement and turnout with the Voter to Voter project.

"What we do so much a policy impacts how we serve our patients so from that perspective, and saying it's, it's really important that you're getting out and using the power that you have, but never saying this is what you should be doing or who you should be voting for," Brandi Finocchario, chief administrative officer at Vibrant Health, said.

So far, the health care provider registered 98% or 55 people that were eligible. To make sure employees can vote, Vibrant Health won't open until after the lunch hour on Election Day.

"I think that's what it's really has done it's just opened up the opportunity for more conversations over time, and just have a really engaged community," Finocchario said.