Achieving racial equity, advancing diversity, and fostering genuine inclusion and belonging - to achieve equitable outcomes for our patients and our community
Commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion must go deeper than words, which is why we’ve incorporated Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into goals at the strategic level, and we are purposefully investing to move this work forward to achieve equitable racial outcomes. We know we have more work to do and are inspired and committed to support an inclusive and equitable environment for our workforce, patients, and community.
To do this well, we need a workforce that is representative of the racial and other demographics of our community, including at the executive level. Currently, we are taking the time to educate ourselves, as individuals and collectively, to truly understand individual, institutional, and structural racism. We know that we can only build an inclusive culture, when people feel valued, appreciated, are part of decision-making that impacts them, are free to be who they are at work, and are in an environment where everyone can thrive. And that this makes us all better and benefits us all!
Actions we have taken this past year toward Memorial’s goal of building a more inclusive environment:
- We have focused on interpersonal development and intercultural competence
- Utilizing the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) tool to assess leadership’s intercultural competency.
- Developing a series of foundational DEI educational sessions centered on IDI baseline data: cultural self-awareness, understanding implicit bias and how to build an inclusive and anti-racist culture.
- Committing to attract and retain a diverse workforce
- Understanding our current employee demographics, looking at our recruiting and hiring practices and listening to our BIPOC staff by way of our employee engagement tools.
- Working to create a culture that encourages staff to have courageous conversations about racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, microaggressions, discrimination and bias. Where people feel they can bring their whole selves to work; where their unique characteristics, skills and experiences are respected, valued, and celebrated.
- Bias reporting and response tool
- Committing to address disparities in health and achieve equity in the following:
- Diabetes and HbA1c
- Mammography screenings
- Patient experience
- Employee engagement
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