Capital Health & Diversity - Diversity & Inclusion

What is Capital Health doing about diversity?

You can read more about Capital Health’s plan for Diversity and Inclusion by reading Taking Action to Reduce Health Inequities: A Strategic Plan for Cultural Competence, Diversity and Social Inclusion at Capital Health. Below are a few examples of the work we’re doing to achieve the goals set out in our strategic plan:

Diversity Council - Capital Health’s Diversity Council has been in place since October 2012. The council is made up of 21 members, a third of whom are from community organizations. The group provides guidance and holds Capital Health accountable as we work to meet the objectives set out in our strategic plan.

Employment Equity - Our Diversity in Employment policy reflects our commitment to creating a workforce that is free of discrimination, values diversity and is representative of the people we serve. Based on data from our 2010 workforce diversity survey, we have identified four priority groups as we begin this work: Aboriginal People, African Nova Scotians, persons with disabilities and recent immigrants. To support the launch of the policy and our employment equity plan, we are providing employment equity training to formal leaders in the organization.

Sacred Spaces - The Sacred Spaces Committee has been transforming pre-existing chapels at Capital Health into more inclusive places of prayer and meditation where patients, families and staff can go to find peace in the hospital setting. Committee members include Capital Health employees and citizens representing the diverse communities we serve. Recent successes include the development of a policy on the use of d├ęcor in places of prayer and meditation at Capital Health; updated signs and ongoing improvements to spaces.

You can read more about our recent work in our Diversity Progress Report.