Dignity and Respect


We believe that all of our patients and employees should be treated with dignity and respect. 


At Northwell Health, our mission is to be a national healthcare leader, committed to excellence, compassion and improving the health of our communities.

Through Northwell’s Center for Equity of Care, we advance the delivery of culturally-inclusive health care and effective communication in partnership with our communities to achieve health equity. 

In partnership with the national Dignity and Respect Campaign, and the CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, we have the opportunity to test our commitment to dignity and respect through our behavior. 

Northwell Health’s campaign helps our workforce reinforce their commitment to creating environments for ALL to work, live, learn, and play—with ALL of our differences. 

In February, we will be hosting a Month of Understanding, which is an opportunity to highlight the importance of fostering courageous conversations in the workplace, specifically around unconscious bias. We encourage conversations at all levels of the organization and call on our leaders to be present — to not shy away from difficult interactions, but instead to embrace diversity and to lead with authenticity. This time is another step in bringing the commitments of our Dignity & Respect Campaign to life to make a meaningful difference in our workforce and in the communities we serve.

As a health system, we are committed to fostering an inclusive culture committed to gender equity as well as ensuring every employee and patient feels welcomed, valued, respected and heard. We are committed to expanding the conversation inside and outside our company – aligned to who we are and what we stand for – to create greater understanding and to build community.

Our goal is to facilitate a series of unconscious bias workshops and to educate our workforce on recognizing biases, and inspiring behavioral change which we believe will improve patient care in the communities we serve.


We have educated over 5,000 members of our workforce on unconscious bias. 


Michael Wright, Ed.D, VP, Diversity & Health Equity

Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Maxine Carrington, JD, Deputy Chief Human Resource Officer 

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