Diversity and Inclusion: LGBTQ+ Employee Workgroup (PRIDE)
Advocating for LGBTQ patients, team members, community and allies
At Children’s Health℠, we have long supported the LGBTQ community through our community engagement and patient-centered care and services. We strongly believe that no one in the LGBTQ and allied community should face discrimination or receive inequitable care because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Our PRIDE employee workgroup has helped foster an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for those who identify as LGBTQ. PRIDE seeks ways to advocate for our LGBTQ patients, team members, community, and allies. Since its formation, PRIDE has made significant progress in key areas:
- Completion and submission of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation HEI Survey.
- Fostering relationships with LGBTQ-focused community organizations, both locally and nationally.
- Advancing LBGTQ-focused policies within the Children’s Health organization, and supporting LGBTQ team members.
- Serving as a conduit for LGBTQ issues related to the employee or patient experience.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has recognized our commitment to the LGBTQ equity and inclusion through its annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). HEI is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates policies and practices for health care facilities.
In 2020, we earned a "Top Performer" HEI designation, scoring 90 out of a possible 100.
In 2020, we earned a "Top Performer" HEI designation, scoring 90 out of a possible 100, but there is still room for improvement. The HEI benchmarking metric pointed to two opportunities in particular” promoting our LGBTQ-inclusive employee benefits and policies, and providing trans-inclusive benefits to employees.
Children’s Health is proud to participate in these local LGBTQ-affiliated events: