Expanding the Definitions of Diversity
June 15, 2017 | Best Practice
1. Take an Honest Assessment
Leaders in the healthcare industry should analyze their organizations to see if there is strong representation on the traditional definitions of diversity and inclusion, then, evaluate further to identify any needed improvements.
2. Be Intentional About Diversity
Healthcare professionals need to keep diversity as an intentional and global focus of the organization and actions need to follow commitments.
3. Welcome All Perspectives
The healthcare industry needs to promote cognitive diversity. This thinking helps healthcare professionals move away from making assumptions about their patients and forces them into conversations with their patients.
4. Impact the Bottom Line
The healthcare industry and practitioners need to create the sense that diversity is not only important but also creates significant business value that also impacts the bottom line.
5. Build the Appropriate Organizational Culture
The entire workplace culture needs to be supportive and inclusive of diversity for everyone. Employers need to personalize diversity and find characteristics that contribute to the organization.
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Joseph Gaspero is the CEO and Co-Founder of CHI. He is a healthcare executive, strategist, and researcher. He co-founded CHI in 2009 to be an independent, objective, and interdisciplinary research and education institute for healthcare. Joseph leads CHI’s research and education initiatives focusing on including patient-driven healthcare, patient engagement, clinical trials, drug pricing, and other pressing healthcare issues. He sets and executes CHI’s strategy, devises marketing tactics, leads fundraising efforts, and manages CHI’s Management team. Joseph is passionate and committed to making healthcare and our world a better place. His leadership stems from a wide array of experiences, including founding and operating several non-profit and for-profit organizations, serving in the U.S. Air Force in support of 2 foreign wars, and deriving expertise from time spent in industries such as healthcare, financial services, and marketing. Joseph’s skills include strategy, management, entrepreneurship, healthcare, clinical trials, diversity & inclusion, life sciences, research, marketing, and finance. He has lived in six countries, traveled to over 30 more, and speaks 3 languages, all which help him view business strategy through the prism of a global, interconnected 21st century. Joseph has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When he’s not immersed in his work at CHI, he spends his time snowboarding backcountry, skydiving, mountain biking, volunteering, engaging in MMA, and rock climbing.