The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Council was formed during the summer of 2019 by Southcoast Health employees and has been meeting monthly ever since. To give structure to Southcoast’s DE&I mission, the DE&I Council has identified five focus areas. Please see below for an outline of these focus area workgroups.
Southcoast Health is committed to embracing and fostering a diverse and welcoming environment for all.
We strive for a culture of health that recognizes, respects, and celebrates the rich diversity of one another and the communities we serve.
Headlining this Month
As Southcoast Health recognizes Pride Month this June, we invite you to join us in reflecting on the many contributions that members of the LGBTQ community make to our society and our mission as a community healthcare organization… continue reading.
Allies in Action
Day of Portugal – June 10
Southcoast Health is proud to celebrate the Day of Portugal, as well as the great work and valuable contributions of our Portuguese colleagues!
Celebrating our Portuguese Staff
Juneteenth – June 19
Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. At Southcoast Health, we are proud to celebrate and recognize Juneteenth, as well as promote community events that recognize the day.
The Southcoast Health Black Lives Matter Coalition
Education & Mission
Creating the mission and planning for diversity education
Diversity Internet Presence
Creating a dynamic online presence to celebrate year-round activities and promote awareness
Creating awareness through celebration of national diversity months
3Ps (Pronouns, Preferred Names and Policies)
Focusing on Support of the LGBTQ community, employees and patients
Celebrating Our Colleagues
Past Recognition Events
Mental Health Awareness Month
May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Many mental health illnesses are misunderstood and surrounded by stigma. Southcoast Health, in partnership with the DE&I council are focused on ending the negative perceptions that people have toward mental health and mental health illness. The fact is, mental health illnesses are treatable medical conditions just like diabetes or heart disease. They are not weaknesses or character flaws.
The DE&I council has made it their mission to educate the public, raise awareness about these illnesses, help end the stigma surrounding them, and support our employees and those in our community who live with these conditions.
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Standing in solidarity with our Asian colleagues
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of the cultures, traditions and histories of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
This year, in particular, in light of recent acts of violence against Asian Americans and an
increase of anti-Asian sentiment related to the pandemic, it is imperative that we voice our
support for all Asian/Pacific Americans and stand against any form of discrimination or
prejudice toward our fellow citizens.
At Southcoast Health, we stand with our Asian American and Pacific Islander colleagues
and condemn in the strongest terms any actions and written or spoken words that are
racist, derogatory or prejudicial.
International Transgender Day of Visibility – March 31
Southcoast Health is proud to recognize this day as a day to celebrate everyone living their authentic life; our employees, patients, loved ones, friends, and those within our community and beyond. We see you, we hear you, and we recognize you!
Southcoast has taken steps over the past year to serve the transgender community better and we strive to expand our efforts. Through our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council and our Leadership Team, we continue to educate our providers and employees, update our medical records system, and create transition guidelines for employees and managers, so all individuals feel safe and welcome while seeking care.
Southcoast Health recognizes and thanks the many women past, present and future who have contributed and accomplished so much on behalf of the patients we serve.
Your courage and dedication sets an example for all and empowers our region’s only not-for-profit community health system to provide world-class care close to home around the clock, every day.
Click here or on the image to view a video honoring Southcoast’s women employees, providers, and staff.