Press Release

Indy Racial Equity Pledge: We are part of the solution

October 09, 2020

A group of 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 in the community. We hope even more organizations join us in this important effort.

IU Health is proud to be a part of it. Other participating organizations include Eli Lilly and Company, Citizens Energy Group, Cummins Inc., Anthem Inc., Indianapolis Colts, Pacers Sports & Entertainment, Roche Diagnostics, Salesforce and the Business Equity for Indy Committee, a special committee of corporate leaders formed by the Indy Chamber and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.

It is our hope that we will be a catalyst for other businesses and organizations to make their own pledges.

Every group involved has made at least three pledges to address the core issues that have systematically created barriers to racial equity: disparities in health, prosperity, education and criminal justice.

IU Health President and CEO Dennis Murphy has announced IU Health's commitments internally, and leaders and teams across IU Health are already discussing some of these initiatives, but here is how IU Health intends to be a part of the solution that creates a racially equitable community:

  • We commit to enhancing a culture of inclusion that seeks, welcomes and values all people. This means we will address and reduce discrimination among team members, patients and guests.
  • We will transform our organization through an active review of policies, actions and procedures that have inhibited our growth as an antiracist organization and more fully promote a diverse, equitable and anti-discriminatory organization.
  • As the largest private employer in Indiana, we commit to building meaningful and sustained partnerships to promote healthcare equity and reduce healthcare disparities, impact social determinants of health, and build more inclusive communities throughout the state.

To read all the organizations’ pledges and find out more about the initiative, visit

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