CHOP’s institution-wide commitment to diversity is supported by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) and several Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) that offer employees opportunities to work on initiatives to ensure specific dimensions of diversity are fully integrated at the Hospital and in the broader community.
Employees and CHOP leaders participated in larger community events and worked to build awareness and skills among CHOP’s own staff so that the Hospital is welcoming to all.
Pride@CHOP, which works to foster a positive work environment that supports employees, patients and patient families identifying as LGBTQ, promoted education for fellow employees to enhance sensitivity to the needs of all patients and families seeking services at CHOP.
The group co-sponsored, with the Patient and Family Services Department, an education session for Hospital staff titled Creating an LGBTQ Inclusive Experience for Patients and Families.
In June, Pride@CHOP held its first Safe Zone Training for 92 employees, educating staff on how to be a resource for our LGBTQ patients and families.
Pride@CHOP also sponsored a table at the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference to raise awareness of CHOP as a healthcare provider and employer of choice for the LGBTQ community; and participated in the Philadelphia Pride Parade and Festival, taking the opportunity to interact with hundreds of people from the LGBTQ community and make them aware of the inclusive environment at CHOP.
The Young Professionals Network, which focuses on generational diversity in the workplace, volunteered with Philabundance, an organization that works to fight hunger in our community. The All Abilities Resource Group, an ERG that aims to expand the visibility of people with disabilities in the workplace, participated in the City of Philadelphia’s celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act’s 25th Anniversary at Dilworth Park at City Hall.
The ODI, along with CHOP’s Office of Government Affairs, Community Relations and Advocacy, became community partners with Global Citizen and its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. CHOP employees volunteered for various projects at the historic National Marian Anderson Museum and in Gray’s Ferry and South and West Philadelphia.