As an anti-discrimination organization, the Milk Bank
vows to purposefully identify, discuss and challenge
issues of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, age, disability,
marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic
status and the impact(s) they have on our
organization, our people and our mission. We strive to
challenge ourselves to understand and correct
inequities we discover.
Additionally, The Milk Bank is committed to addressing
health disparities in breastfeeding and infant and
maternal mortality. These disparities are a direct
result of systemic racism as well as historic and
ongoing oppression of marginalized groups. The Milk
Bank will be vocal and active in support of improving
health equity and access.
We are resolved to affirm our identity explicitly and
publicly as an anti-discrimination non-profit
Focus Area: Workplace, Health
As a regional leader in tissue banking and healthcare,
The Milk Bank must continue to make visible both seen
and hidden barriers to access. This is achieved by
modeling anti-racist practices such as inclusive
marketing and collaborating with accountability
partners, but also through transparency of gaps and
opportunities to improve.
The Milk Bank has evaluated internal and external
materials and messaging for inclusive imagery,
language, and stories.
We are resolved that our anti-discrimination commitment
be reflected in the work and culture of the Milk Bank
through our policies, programs, and practices.
Focus Areas: Workplace, Health
Representation matters and The Milk Bank affirms our
commitment to comprehensively represent the communities
we serve. This is achieved through both recruitment,
training and retention efforts of staff and volunteers
including board members. Additionally, The Milk Bank
will utilize data to drive services with special
attention to marginalized and oppressed populations.
February 2021 – The Milk Bank staff
and board currently are representative of the
community except in the area of gender. Anonymous
staff survey affirmed individual and departmental
commitments to equity as a core value. Similarly, 100%
of hiring searches included equity and health
disparities conversations. Pending April 2021 - A new
program specifically aimed at addressing race-based
health disparities is in the pilot phase.
We are resolved to contribute to conversations and
strategies aimed at health disparities at a national
Focus Areas: Health
The Milk Bank seeks to be a thought partner along with
the Human Milk Banking Association of North America
(HMBANA) and similar health partners in the areas of
health equity and race equity.
January 2021 – The Milk Bank is
represented on the HMBANA equity committee. This
committee, under HMBANA’s leadership, has created,
distributed and collected a national survey to assess
equity practices in milk banking and will begin to
share resources and develop strategies.
Join us in the important work of creating racial
equity in Central Indiana.