Indy Racial Equity Pledge

The Milk Bank

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OUR PLEDGE TO THE COMMUNITY

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.

PLEDGE 1

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We are resolved to affirm our identity explicitly and publicly as an anti-discrimination non-profit organization.

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.

PROGRESS

The Milk Bank has evaluated internal and external materials and messaging for inclusive imagery, language, and stories.

PLEDGE 2

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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.

PROGRESS

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.

PLEDGE 3

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We are resolved to contribute to conversations and strategies aimed at health disparities at a national systems level.

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.

PROGRESS

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.

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