Equity, diversity, and inclusion

Equity, diversity, and inclusion

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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Plan Extension 2022-2024

Oak Valley Health prides itself as an organization that serves some of Ontario’s most diverse communities with core principles of fostering a safe and inclusive environment. We acknowledge that structural racism, discrimination, gender bias and institutional oppression exist within our society, and negatively impact health outcomes.

We are committed to listening, learning, and taking the necessary actions to ensure every person can come to work or receive care at Oak Valley Health safely, openly, and honestly. We are also committed to embedding anti-oppressive principles in all aspects of our policies, processes, and practices. Building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive Oak Valley Health is both an obligation and an opportunity. It is not enough to simply recognize diversity, we need to create an environment of inclusion, where our people work towards common goals, feel supported, and have a sense of belonging.

Deliver an extraordinary patient experience
• Apply equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lens in our strategic planning
• Integrate pronouns in MEDITECH
• Expand and operationalize the language navigation program
Enhance our community
• Implement Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) call for action
• Establish corporate calendar of significant observances
Empower our people
• Expand education sessions/speaker series
• Establish a second Community of Inclusion group

The Oak Valley Health Code of Behaviour states “I embrace diversity, and inclusion and treat everyone with dignity.” This mandate demonstrates the need for robust EDI principles and practices. As such, we have developed an EDI plan that is responsive to what we have heard from staff, professional staff, and our community. It also aligns with our strategy and encourages all stakeholders to work collaboratively to correct power imbalances. This EDI plan serves as a roadmap for incorporating EDI into health care planning and service delivery with the single goal of improving equity for our people and our community.

Together we need to create an environment where everyone feels comfortable being themselves, is engaged, and empowered to share their ideas.

  • EMBEDDING an 'honoured to care culture' that is equitable and inclusive of all.
  • ESTABLISHING internal and external partnerships to drive positive systemic change.
  • EMBRACING all equity-seeking and equity-deserving groups.

Questions? Contact us at edi@msh.on.ca.

Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group Inclusion Charter

Oak Valley Health was proud to be part of a team that helped York Region take an historic step forward with the launch of its first Inclusion Charter in 2019. The Inclusion Charter was developed by the Municipal Diversity and Inclusion Group (MDIG), which includes twenty member organizations that serve people who live, work and visit York Region.

Co-Chaired by York Region and York Regional Police, the group brings together municipalities, police services, hospitals, school boards, conservation authorities and agencies with a common commitment to welcoming and inclusive communities – today and into the future.

Each MDIG organization has also endorsed its own customized version of the Inclusion Charter. View Oak Valley Health’s Charter. For more information on MDIG, visit www.york.ca/inclusiveyr.