As a diversity champion, we believe all people have
the right to be respected, valued and appreciated. We
are dedicated to use our resources to advance racial
equity within the communities we serve and our
healthcare systems. Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is
committed to continuing education and increasing
awareness of why diversity, equity and inclusion
matters to our life saving mission with our workforce
and community donors. We are engaging in open dialogue
with our team members and communities to listen and
learn so we can stand together, advocate stronger and
sustainably impact healthcare equity.
Versiti Blood Center of Indiana will address racial and
health inequities to improve the health of our
Focus Area: Health
Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) disproportionally impacts
communities of color. Versiti provides life-saving blood
needed to treat SCD. We will actively seek out
opportunities to bridge gaps for people fighting SCD.
Increasing the percentage of diverse blood donors will
help to ensure the blood needed to treat SCD is
available to patients in need.
To increase the collection of life-saving blood needed
to treat SCD, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has
taken the following actions:
Increased collection of
diverse units needed to treat SCD from 5.2% of
collections in 2020 to 6.1% of collections year to
date in 2021.
Increased self- identification of blood
donor ethnicity from 66% to 91%, through increased
Versiti Blood Center of Indiana will create a more
diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace.
Focus Area: Workplace
We believe in enhancing lives through education,
engagement, and environmental support. Versiti Blood
Center of Indiana is committed to engaging in on-going
education with our employees as well as the greater
community for discussions to drive a deeper
understanding and appreciation of the lives of people
from historically underrepresented and underserved
To enhance lives through education, engagement and environmental support, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana has participated and supported the following local events:
Back To School Celebration @ Tarkington Park
Health Fair at Indiana Black Expo
Martin Center - Sickle Cell Initiative 25th Annual Sickle Cell 5K Walk/Run
Versiti Blood Center of Indiana pledges to develop a
workplace that reflects the community we serve.
Focus Areas: Workplace, Prosperity
We value and appreciate diverse talent across all areas
of our organization. Versiti Blood Center of Indiana
will enhance our teams by promoting a diverse, equitable
and just work team that reflects the communities we
Through a 15 set series of local leadership hosted Unconscious Bias (UB) discussions, Versiti Blood Center of Indiana is promoting open dialog about the importance of recognizing bias and actions we can take to mitigate UB.
With 60% of the UB discussions complete, 62% of staff reported the UB discussions as being valuable to them.
81% of staff have reported UB discussions as being significant for Versiti.
Our goal is to achieve a 90% completion rate for UB discussions by the end of 2021, promoting open conversations about a diverse, just and equitable community.
Join us in the important work of creating racial
equity in Central Indiana.