At The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, our differences are what make us great. We believe that each person brings a special worldview that contributes to the high quality of patient care, research and education for which we’re renowned.
We also believe that our differences help us to remain innovators at the forefront of pediatric care. Every employee at CHOP — whether performing direct patient care, conducting research, or providing clinical or administrative support — plays an essential part in ensuring our continued excellence.
Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Creating a workforce reflective of our diverse patient population, as well as the communities we serve, is important to our mission to deliver culturally competent family-centered care.
To achieve and maintain a diverse workforce, we:
- Recruit the best and brightest candidates from diverse backgrounds
- Partner with organizations to create and identify a pipeline of diverse talent
- Develop, promote, retain and engage diverse talent
- Manage the inclusion of employee contribution regardless of position, title, or dimension of diversity
Diversity and inclusion initiatives
At CHOP, we believe that inclusion and diversity are critical to the ideal patient experience and the success of workforce recruitment, retention and development. Examples of some of the programs, initiatives and strategies that CHOP employs enterprise-wide in support of these beliefs include:
Celebrating cultural diversity
Throughout CHOP, we not only engage our employees in cultural competency dialog, we also celebrate our cultural diversity. Throughout the year, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Heritage Celebration Committee, and our Employee Resource Groups host a variety of activities to honor various diversity awareness months, including American Indian Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and Black History Month.
Employee Resource Groups
CHOP's Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) provide our employees with a sense of connection to the broader mission of the organization beyond their day-to-day tasks. Members provide each other with an enhanced sense of belonging through broadening access to personal and professional development and growth.
In addition, members offer each other a broader scope for personal and professional development through mentoring, volunteerism and community involvement.
CHOP’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion partners with community based organizations and public schools to promote inclusion and anti-bullying. We’re also preparing tomorrow’s healthcare workforce by promoting age-appropriate activities focused on the importance of education in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum.
Managing Inclusion is a one-day program for directors, managers, supervisors and team leads with direct reports. The program examines diversity and inclusion practices and their impact on employee performance.
Managing Inclusion helps executives and managers learn to make “exceptional” performance the norm by removing these barriers and engaging all employees in continuous learning and improvement.
Multicultural Physician’s Alliance
The Multicultural Physicians' Alliance (MPA) is composed of minority residents, fellows and attending physicians whose interest is to maintain and expand the diversity of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's medical staff. Through active participation in the recruitment process, we are dedicated to ensuring that the medical staff is reflective of the community that it serves.
The MPA is composed of more than 40 physicians who meet several times a year to organize activities for recruitment and to provide a supportive social network for its members. Through the support of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Residency Program and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this unique organization has become an integral part of the CHOP community.