Our Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Connecticut Children’s is building a culture where our team members, patients and their families, and community partners all feel welcome and respected here. Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Declaration helps chart our path forward in building a more inclusive culture.

The declaration is based on input provided by team members during a recent organization-wide culture audit and assessment. It also includes input from ad-hoc work groups, in which team member volunteers prioritized feedback received through the culture audit and assessment.

We know that embracing our differences will make us stronger as an organization. As our declaration notes, “by listening to each other, respecting each other, and holding different perspectives in the highest regard, we embrace the opportunity to create sustainable change that will define our future success.”

Read our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Declaration.

The declaration is part of our overall Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework, which is designed to foster improvements in every aspect of our organization, including reducing healthcare inequities, building a more diverse workforce, and providing team members with education and training on racism and unconscious bias.

Learn more about our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Framework.

Read our organization’s statement on racism, discrimination and bias here.

Read our organization’s Land Acknowledgement here.

Read our organization’s Statement in Support of Connecticut Children’s Gender Program.

As part of our diversity, equity and inclusion journey, our divisions and programs are working on plans to strengthen their office cultures. Here are some examples of this work:

  • The Pathways to Action Project addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion within Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health. Pathways to Action has hosted a series of town hall sessions; formed an equity committee; and suggested improvements to make hiring practices more equitable. Learn more about the Pathways to Action Strategic Plan.
  • Connecticut Children’s Women in Surgery group launched a Women in Surgery Podcast to highlight how they operate, as well as to provide a platform for women surgeons to network, share their successes, and work to eliminate barriers that prevent women from entering the field. Listen to the podcast episodes here.

As an organization, Connecticut Children’s is also committed to raising awareness about diversity, equity and inclusion beyond our health system. One of the ways in which we do this is by publishing articles on Connecticut Children’s Growing Healthy Blog and Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health’s Advancing Kids Blog.

Here is a sampling of such content:

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