Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Driving a culture of acceptance, inclusion, mutual trust and respect for IU Health team members and the communities we serve

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At IU Health, we are committed to advancing a culture where all people can come together while we work to equitably improve the health of all Hoosiers.

Working together, our health system will continue to foster an environment in which differences are respected and valued.

Our Focus

Interpersonal

Ensuring trust and equity in our care

We commit to enhancing a culture of inclusion that seeks, welcomes and values all people. We are addressing and reducing discrimination and bias among team members, patients and guests.

Commitment in action:

Development

Diversity, equity and inclusion curriculum

Heritage observances

Institutional

Fostering a diverse workforce and inclusive culture

We are transforming our organization through an active review of policies, actions and procedures, and promoting a diverse, equitable and anti-discriminatory organization.

Commitment in action:

New diversity, equity and inclusion roles

Employee Resource Groups

Workforce equity

Societal

Advancing equity in the communities we serve

We commit to building meaningful and sustained partnerships that promote healthcare equity, reduce healthcare disparities, improve social factors and build inclusive communities.

Commitment in action:

Giving

Partnerships

Supplier Diversity

IU Health serves a diverse patient population—and research shows that prioritizing workforce diversity at all levels of an organization:

  • It supports higher racial and ethnic minority trust and patient choice and satisfaction
  • It reduces disparities within health care settings
  • It contributes to overall better health outcomes

One of IU Health’s goals is for its 36,000+ team members to be representative of the Indiana marketplace.

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Where We Are Currently

IU Health serves a diverse patient population—and research shows that prioritizing workforce diversity at all levels of an organization:

  • It supports higher racial and ethnic minority trust and patient choice and satisfaction
  • It reduces disparities within health care settings
  • It contributes to overall better health outcomes

One of IU Health’s goals is for its 36,000+ team members to be representative of the Indiana marketplace.

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Gender Representation

Female

68.4%
Management

45.0%
Leadership

53.3%
Providers

Male

31.7%
Management

55.0%
Leadership

45.9%
Providers

Prefer Not to Disclose

0.0%
Management

0.0%
Leadership

0.8%
Providers

X/Non-Binary

0.0%
Management

0.0%
Leadership

0.0%
Providers

Race Representation

White

88.7%
Management

84.1%
Leadership

72.6%
Providers

Black or African American

5.3%
Management

4.0%
Leadership

3.1%
Providers

Asian

2.5%
Management

4.0%
Leadership

13.0%
Providers

American Indian or Alaska Native

0.2%
Management

0.7%
Leadership

0.1%
Providers

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

0.1%
Management

0.0%
Leadership

0.4%
Providers

Two or More Races

0.9%
Management

1.3%
Leadership

1.3%
Providers

Prefer Not to Disclose

2.3%
Management

6.0%
Leadership

9.7%
Providers

Ethnicity Representation

Not Hispanic or Latino

98.0%
Management

96.0%
Leadership

98.1%
Providers

Hispanic

2.0%
Management

4.0%
Leadership

1.9%
Providers

Our Path Forward

With a continued commitment and a bold approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, we are the place where many voices and perspectives come together to improve the health of our communities today and in the future.

This promise requires us to be among the very best at what we do and to hold ourselves accountable. Here's how:

  • Expand feedback methods to accurately reflect the diverse voices of our patients and families
  • Ensure IU Health is an LGBTQ+ friendly environment for patients and team members
  • Design a talent acquisition process that improves our ability to attract racial and ethnic minority candidates

Our Affinity Groups

Minority Affinity Group

The IU Health Minority Affinity group provides a space for ethnic minority team members at IU Health to connect and share experiences. They represent an underrepresented group or group protected by federal or international non-discrimination laws in employment and/or business, including but not limited to: race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicities.

They are responsible to aligning with organization values, D&I enterprise statement, civility; practicing inclusion, supporting business needs, sharing information, attendance/engagement, developing guiding principles to support healthy group dynamics, etc.

Women’s Insight Network (WIN)

The IU Health Women's INitiative (WIN) affinity group is a community that supports and advocates for women at IU Health. The group is open to IU Health team members from every region, facility and business unit. The WIN affinity mission is to:

  • Inspire throughout the organization by raising the voice and visibility of women, the unique issues they face and how they are making a difference
  • Educate and provide opportunities for women to develop leadership skills
  • Influence/advocate for women via a strong and broad network of mentors and sponsors focused on creating a diverse organization as a key criterion to fulfill the organization's goals
  • Expand gender partnerships, conversations and collaborations

Pride

    The IU Health Statewide Pride affinity group provides a forum for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning individuals, along with friends and allies, to come together and discuss career-related opportunities and participate in community programs and Pride events.

    Young Professionals

    Young Professionals of IU Health is open to IU Health team members from every region, facility and business unit. In addition to providing opportunities for young professionals to connect and grow, the group is dedicated to the following:

    • Supporting the personal and professional development of team members
    • Inspiring and cultivating the next generation of IU Health leaders
    • Fostering a community of collaboration through service, education and other charitable activities
    • Providing young professionals with tools to achieve physical, mental, emotional and financial wellness
    • Assisting in improving employee recruitment, engagement and retention
    • Actively working to align goals, objectives, and members to other IU Health activities and programs that have already been established or are working to charter activity
    • Supporting the sustainability of young professionals by consistently engaging and expanding its membership
    • Serving as a platform upon which young professionals and other IU Health staff can assemble in order to network and expand their knowledge of IU Health’s various business units, facilities, and services

    Office of Health Equity Research & Outreach

    The Office of Health Equity Research and Outreach at IU Health focuses on our internal operations and clinical care through the lens of its diverse patients and communities. We focus on equitable patient access, experiences and quality outcomes. The office has established three strategic pillars:

    Office of Health Equity Research and Outreach Strategic Pillars
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    Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

    Racism a Public Health Crisis

    IU Health pledges to stand against injustice. We will actively seek ways to eliminate the systemic racism that disproportionately affects Black and Brown communities by improving access to care and eliminating racial biases that contribute to poor health outcomes.

    Joint Statement from Three Hospitals

    Indy Racial Equity Pledge

    Central Indiana’s leading corporate and civic organizations announced the Indy Racial Equity Pledge, which is aimed at taking action for racial justice, and holding everyone accountable in ensuring racial equity in our workplace and the community. We hope more organizations join us in this important effort.

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    Video: Treating Racism as a Public Health Crisis

    In 2021, the CEOs of four local healthcare systems, including IU Health, committed to making changes to address healthcare disparities and provide equitable healthcare to all. Earlier this year, IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy joined those CEOs in an online forum to report on the progress they’ve made toward providing more equitable care for all.

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