United Hospital Fund is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). They are central to our mission to build an effective and equitable health care system for every New Yorker. At UHF, we believe in an environment where staff feel valued and respected. And we are devoted to promoting brave safe spaces that center on empathy, growth, collaboration, and communication. Different backgrounds and points of view make for a more successful organization, and we aspire to reflect and include the diversity of the communities we serve.
Since 2019, we have stepped up our DEI efforts by committing to a DEI initiative, working with both external consultants and dedicated internal staff to examine and adjust our practices in three principal areas:
• Responsibility, accountability, and transparency
• Inclusion and collaboration
• Employees feeling valued and respected
We thank TIAA and Co-Creating Inclusion for their partnership in helping make our DEI program successful.
We are aided in this work by a DEI project team, by the active participation of senior management, and by five DEI workgroups focused on several aspects of UHF’s culture, practices, and partnerships:
Goals: Improving the quality of engagement between board and staff; raising awareness of and commitment to DEI with the full board. Team: Adam Fifield (facilitator), Amanda Williams, Anthony Shih, Gabriela Groenke, Quincy McLain, Rosalie Chandler. Board members: Dale C. Christensen, Jr., Jo Ivey Boufford, John Simons, Oxiris Barbot, Robert C. Osborne Sr. (honorary director), Seun Salami, Susana Morales.
Diversity and Inclusion Strategies
Goals: Examining power dynamics, improving opportunities for professional development, and flattening hierarchies within the organization. Team: Catherine Arnst, Emily Arsen, Gabriela Groenke (facilitator), Peter Newell, Sally Rogers.
Equitable and Consistent Standards
Goals: Helping ensure equitable and consistent standards across the organization for staff, so that everyone gets what they need. Team: Alexandra Brandes, Alice Ehrlich, Amanda Williams, Emily Regas (facilitator), Hollis Holmes, Kevin Mallon, Sharen Whitley Privetté, Sherrard Zamore.
Goals: Reimagining how we partner with collaborators, audiences, and community partners to ensure representation and mission alignment; building an equity-informed framework for UHF’s public activity. Team: Denise Arzola, Frank Dunn, Giovanna Braganza, Joan Guzik, Lee Partridge, Miles P. Finley (co-facilitator), Quincy McLain, Susan Olivera (co-facilitator), Wil Yates.
Goals: Building a restorative justice process at UHF; creating tools and resources to help the UHF community to work through and resolve harm and prevent future harm. Team: Anne-Marie Audet, Chad Shearer, Hillary Browne, Jatna Rojas (facilitator), Joey Rodriguez, Mary Johnson.
Workgroup members are active voluntary participants from UHF staff. The workgroups advise and work with the DEI project team, brainstorm recommendations to challenges raised in employee feedback surveys and DEI reports, and help move the DEI initiative forward with specific actions and general advice. They also promote inclusion and further break down silos.
Five Guiding Principles of our DEI Workgroups
1. We will prioritize creating an equitable and diverse workplace culture, reducing, and eliminating disparities and implicit biases; promoting dialogue that fosters enhanced understanding and appreciation of the lived experience of others.
2. We will provide access to resources, information, and support to expand opportunities for every staff member to contribute, learn and develop skills to meet both organizational and individual goals, and to carry out their responsibilities successfully.
3. We will develop brave safe spaces to communicate, address, and minimize harm and hurt, while holding our community accountable.
4. We will extend or develop transparency to ensure established processes and practices are widely understood and supported by all.
5. We will celebrate and promote diversity and develop equitable processes for staff recognition of contributions.