Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement
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At Jefferson, we are reimagining diversity and inclusion to promote and cultivate an inclusive environment that celebrates the diversity of our patients, families, students, workforce and the communities we serve. We believe that a diverse and inclusive environment is fundamental to our mission for the advancement of education and health and the achievement of health equity.

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At Jefferson, we use the following definitions:

  • Diversity – the richness of human similarities and differences that make up One Jefferson Family.
  • Inclusion – the ability to provide outstanding health care to all people and all communities while giving everyone voice and the opportunity to be valued, respected and supported.
  • Equity - choosing to provide fairness in the way people are treated when seeking healthcare services, employment, development and community engagement.

Ensuring Culturally Competent Care

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement is responsible for ensuring the social, cultural and linguistic needs in the care we provide to the diverse communities we serve.

This includes ensuring compliance with all laws, regulations and mandates to provide medically qualified interpreters for Limited English Proficient (LEP) patients and their families, as well as ASL interpreters for deaf patients and family members.

In an effort to improve health outcomes and quality of care while also increasing patient safety and satisfaction, the Enterprise Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement hosts cultural competency training sessions to enhance the ability of hospital staff and students to deliver health care effectively.

Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement Blueprint for Action

 

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Welcome

Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement

As we move to building our own culture of inclusion, we begin to make a difference right here at Jefferson, which will lead us to make a difference in the world. 

“Our vision is to leverage and manage diversity and inclusion beyond the traditional methods of counting groups of people. We are taking a total systems approach where ‘reimagining’ diversity and inclusion becomes our reality.”

Stephen K. Klasko, MD, MBA President, Thomas Jefferson University CEO, Jefferson Health
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Awards

LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Top Performer

In its 13th year, the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees. The HEI 2020 evaluates more than 1,700 healthcare facilities nationwide.

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2021 Top Hospital

Jefferson is are proud to be on @DiversityInc’s 2021 Top Hospitals list for Diversity list! Based on data in these six key areas: Leadership Accountability, Human Capital Diversity Metrics, Talent Programs, Workforce Practices, Supplier Diversity and Philanthropy.  

Diversity & Inclusion at Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Contact Us

For more information about our programs, or if you have any questions, please email EnterpriseDiversity@Jefferson.edu