Indy Racial Equity Pledge

Indiana University Health

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OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY

IU Health is committed to the following broad principles to promote diversity, inclusion and health equity:

  • First, we commit to enhancing a culture of inclusion that seeks, welcomes and values all people. We will address and reduce discrimination among team members, patients and guests.
  • Second, we will transform our organization through an active review of policies and procedures that are inconsistent with the goal of making IU Health a more diverse, equitable and anti-discriminatory organization.
  • Third, we commit to building community partnerships to reduce health disparities, impact social determinants of health and build more inclusive communities throughout the state.

PLEDGE 1

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Enhance a culture of inclusion at IU Health.

Focus Areas: Workplace, Health

IU Health will create clear policies and expectations that racist and discriminatory behaviors by individuals (team members, patients, families and external partners) will not be tolerated.

PROGRESS

IU Health has increased the size and capabilities of its Office for Diversity and Inclusion and is introducing civility training/expectations for all team members.

PLEDGE 2

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Transform IU Health into a more diverse, inclusive and anti-discriminatory organization.

Focus Areas: Health

IU Health will create clear policies and expectations that racist and discriminatory behaviors by individuals (team members, patients, families and external partners) will not be tolerated.

PROGRESS

IU Health has identified the baseline demographics of its 2,000+ leaders vs. the population of Indiana and will improve racial/ethnic representation among leadership roles. IU Health is requiring diverse slates of candidates for senior leadership positions. It has also increased opportunities for tuition reimbursement to promote career advancement.

PLEDGE 3

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Build partnerships to reduce healthcare disparities, impact social determinants of health and create more inclusive communities.

Focus Areas: Health, Prosperity, Education

IU Health will build on its vision to make Indiana one of the healthiest states in the country not only by providing quality medical care but also by contributing to known factors of health such as employment, education and workforce development. IU Health will identify and address racial disparities in healthcare access and outcomes.

PROGRESS

IU Health is examining data on disparities in access to care and health outcomes both within its own health system and in communities across Indiana. Current progress includes significant work to address infant mortality in Indiana, which fell to its lowest level last year. IU Health has also identified measurable outcomes to improve access to care among underserved communities.

IU Health has increased starting pay rates, initiated a pilot program with Indianapolis Public Schools and Crispus Attucks High School to expand healthcare related jobs for high school graduates and enhanced commitments to minority, women and veteran-owned business (XBE) suppliers. On major capital construction projects, IU Health has committed that 25% of all contracts be awarded to XBE contractors, and it commits to achieving that goal during the construction of its downtown academic medical center in downtown Indianapolis.

Join us in the important work of creating racial equity in Central Indiana.

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