Cook Children's Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
Inclusion, diversity and equity, three words often spoken as one, but what do they really mean? Inclusion refers to the behaviors and social norms that ensure people feel welcome. Diversity refers to the traits and characteristics that make people unique. Equity is the result of removing barriers to provide a fair and just environment for all.
At Cook Children's, inclusion, diversity and equity are more than mere words, they are the core of who we are. We celebrate qualities that make each person unique, and embrace all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identification, sexual orientation, disabilities, religious practices, or socioeconomic status. We are also working every day to ensure that we are creating equitable opportunities for our current and future staff members. As a pediatric health care system, we're committed to initiatives that strive for health equity for all children and their families. Improving the lives of every child through the prevention and treatment of illness, disease and injury. Racism and prejudices of any kind are social determinants to health with impacts that can last throughout the person's lifetime and harms our community and the families we care for on a daily basis. We strongly encourage tolerance and understanding for all, and we understand the importance of moving forward in a spirit of love and community.
Every child deserves the best quality of life possible. We realize that there are many societal disparities that impact the physical and mental health of children. Cook Children's health equity intiatives are designed to reduce and eliminate as many health disparities as possible at the local, state and national level. Driven by our Promise, which is the guiding principle for Cook Children's, we have a responsibility to advocate for quality health care and healthy communities.
Culture of Care
At Cook Children's we believe our staff should be reflective of our community. This expands our ability to serve our patients, families and communities. It also enriches our culture and expands our knowledge of the health issues children face and widens our ability to continually improve the care we deliver.
- Commitment to hiring the very best talent in pediatric care
- We're a proud partner of diversitynursing.com
- Dedicated diversity and inclusion courses for staff for nearly two decades
- Family Advisory Councils made up of Cook Children's staff and parents whose children are or have been patients and offer feedback and guidance so that we may continually improve the services and support families need.
Prejudice and racism can have long-term impacts on a child's mental and physical well-being. Finding the right words to say when talking to kids about these issues can sometimes feel overwhelming. To help, we've gathered some information to help families, and even communities, begin those conversations.