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Diversity, equity and inclusion

Beyond Diversity: Stronger Together

Diversity collage At MSH, It is essential that diversity, equity and inclusion are interwoven into the fabric of our workplace, hospital and community. It is our vision that every person feels respected and welcome when they come through our doors, whether they are MSH employees, patients or community members. It is our desire to achieve an outstanding patient experience and we know this requires a deep understanding of every individual’s unique needs.

In 2016, MSH launched a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategic plan which focuses on education and awareness activities, and developing a culture of respect. Through extensive internal and external engagement, we established our core values which translate into behaviours that will become our code of behaviour, and serve as our patient declaration of values.

 

Education and awareness events

  • Annual diversity fair – Since 2016 we have held an annual fair to celebrate and enjoy a variety of diversity, equity and inclusion activities. The theme for the 2018 Diversity Fair is Beyond Diversity: Embracing the Multigenerational Workforce and will be on Thursday, May 17th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • York Regional Police International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination – April 2017 – This event celebrates diversity while collectively re-affirming our commitment to the eradication of racial discrimination. MSH participated with a display publicizing our diversity strategy and seeking feed-back from the community.
  • Places of worship tour – June and September 2017 – our staff joined the York Region police in their tour of places of worship in our area where we learned about the commonalities and differences of various faith communities.
  • Faith and healthcare series – fall 2017/spring 2018 - People view healthcare and healing through various cultural and religious lenses which can influence trust in their care plan and care team. Having faith communities present to our staff helps us as an institution to be supportive to our patients and their spiritual needs. Staff are invited to a series of information sessions about how faith/culture and healthcare is interpreted through Islamic, Jehovah Witness, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Sikh and Christian traditions.

Provide your input

We would like to hear from you! If you would like to share your thoughts or experiences about diversity, equity and inclusion in healthcare please email myhospital@msh.on.ca