July 25, 2014 OHA Director's messages on the web
To: All OHA employees
From: Suzanne Hoffman, Interim Director

Innovation through diversity

"When you have an environment that is truly inclusive, individuals feel comfortable being themselves. They feel more comfortable sharing ideas, and it's through all these different perspectives that you come up with innovation."
~Lynette Chappell-Williams, associate vice president of workforce diversity and inclusion, Cornell University

Our core value of health equity is a destination at which we arrive at better health, better care, and lower costs, for everyone. One of the best ways we can do this is to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. If we study our diverse communities, report about the differences in needs, and tie diversity to metrics, we are well on our way. But to ensure we are inclusive in our thinking, we must bring diversity into our everyday working environment. When we better reflect the differences of our communities, we can make better impacts on our work. With a purposeful and collective mindset at OHA, we can develop action plans that will eventually serve the needs of everyone.

There are two new OHA initiatives that will help us bridge gaps of diversity in and outside of OHA. These are plans for diversity in both recruitments and in suppliers.

The purpose of the diversity recruitment policy is to further develop a diverse and qualified workforce. The policy assists in addressing barriers to employment. You can look for diversity recruitment procedures, tools and training to roll out over the next few months with support for hiring managers from the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Human Resources.

Aligning with Governor Kitzhaber's Executive Order 12-03, OHA's supplier diversity initiative can increase opportunities for Oregon minority, women and emerging small businesses. This initiative promotes a business climate in which inclusive and transparent practices are core values.

Over the next few months, the Office of Equity and Inclusion will continue to provide you with more tools, training and resources.

Thank you for your on-going commitment to health equity!

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