Community Health Center, Inc. is committed to advancing its values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) across the organization. We acknowledge, embrace and value the diversity and individual uniqueness of our patients, students, employees and external partners. CHC strives to foster a culture of equity and inclusion in broad and specific terms.
Our commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion presents itself in our quality health care delivered to our patients, our passion for inclusive excellence for our employees, the learning environment we foster for our students, and the attention paid to our equitable and inclusive policies and practices across the organization.
For questions about CHC’s justice, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts, click here to contact Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Dr. Karoline Oliveira.
CHC’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Council is a taskforce comprised of a diverse representation of employees from across the organization. The council is charged to convene regularly to present, review, and promote policies and practices in support of justice, diversity, equity and inclusive excellence across the organization.
Community Health Center Inc.’s Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) was created to respond to bias related incidents involving employees, patients and external partners. We define a bias incident as any behavior or act (verbal, written, or physical) which is directed against or targets an individual or a group of people based on perceived or actual characteristics such as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or age.
The Bias Incident Response Team consists of staff representing a cross section of the organization. The purpose of BIRT is to provide support to affected individuals by creating a space to share their experience(s) with the expectation of having their concern reviewed and addressed appropriately. While the team does not have any disciplinary authority, the BIRT is committed to making recommendations to leadership for resolution, monitoring frequency of incidents and maintaining relevant data.
While on CHC property, or at a CHC sponsored event, if you observe or experience an act of discrimination, harassment or hate based on but not limited to, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, religious affiliation, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or age, you are encouraged to submit a bias incident report form.
Reporting is not restricted to offenses by or against employees. Reporting is also important if you witness bias treatment towards or by our patients, vendors or visitors of any of our health centers/events.
Once your report has been received, members of the BIRT will review it and take appropriate actions to address your concern. When contact information is provided, the BIRT will connect you with appropriate resources. You may submit a report without contact information, however, if you would like to speak with a member of the team directly, you are encouraged to include your preferred forms of contact.
Community Health Center, Inc. is committed to creating and maintaining a sense of belonging and inclusion for all employees, particularly those from underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. In this effort, we have moved to support the establishment of employee resource groups to bring employees together in support of social inclusion, shared interests, shared characteristics and common experiences.
Employee resource groups are focused on the support of those from historically marginalized groups and inclusive of committed allies and advocates.
The following employee resource groups are currently active at CHC:
Dismantling Structural Oppression Employee Resource Group
We encourage patients, staff, and prospective staff to explore self-guided education in the areas of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Below is a non-exhaustive list of resources staff are examining.
CHC values the diversity of its staff. The videos below were featured at staff celebrations. New videos will be added as they are created.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021
Emancipation Proclamation Reading for Juneteenth 2021
Disability Independence Day 2021
Polish-American and Italian-American Heritage Month 2021