Action Categories

Diversity Councils

Challenge

To meet internal and external stakeholder needs related to Diversity, Respect, Equity and Inclusion. 

Actions

In 2013, Main Line Health formalized its commitment to Diversity, Respect, Equity and Inclusion by establishing a Diversity, Respect, Equity and Inclusion (DREI) Steering Committee with diversity councils and system-wide work groups focused on the following areas:

  • Disparity in Care
  • Education
  • Community Relations
  • Talent Sourcing & Development
  • Vendor Relations
  • Entity Engagement (1 for each hospital)

These workgroups are comprised of 250 employees from across the health system, who are diverse in ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, age and job function. Each group established a charter and DREI goals which were included in incentive plans. These work groups are required to provide updates on an annual basis at DREI Steering Committee meetings and meet regularly with their councils to continue to advance their DREI work. In 2020, the Anti-Racism collaborative commitments were added to the charter for existing DREI work groups and additional work groups were created to focus on policies/procedures and fostering positive community relations with law enforcement. 

Outcomes

Outcomes:

  • Identified disparities of care within health system and created actions to eliminate
  • Launched mandatory 12 hours of education for all MLH managers and 8 hours for non-managers on various diversity topics; more than 5,500 employees have received that education to
  • Required diverse candidates for consideration before filling a manager or above
  • Created systemwide celebrations to recognize: Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Veterans Day and Juneteenth*
    *2021 observance
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