Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Erie

Erie Family Health Centers strives to create a culture where the dignity and worth of each of our patients, staff, learners and community partners are honored, and value is seen in everyone’s unique differences. Read on to learn more about Erie’s commitment to attracting, developing and rewarding a diverse healthcare team, and the opportunities for Erie team members to contribute to our culture of equity.

What We Believe

Erie Family Health Centers believes that healthcare is a human right. We acknowledge the deep history of systemic oppression, racism, and discrimination that plagues our communities. We recognize that historically marginalized groups have long been denied access to quality healthcare, education and employment opportunities which has led to devastating health disparities. Erie is committed to confronting these inequities, challenging ourselves to work with excellence and humility, and keeping ourselves open to critical conversations that encourage learning, progress, and change. We seek an organizational culture where the dignity and worth of each of our patients, staff, learners, and community partners are honored, and value is seen in everyone’s unique differences. We pledge to continually explore and advance the values of diversity, equity and inclusion across all levels of Erie Family Health Centers.

Our People Represent Diverse Communities

Historically, the healthcare workforce has not reflected the communities we exist to serve.  This disparity has led to poorer health outcomes, less patient and provider satisfaction, and patients’ mistrust of the healthcare system.

Erie believes that building diverse teams is essential to meet the healthcare needs of an increasingly diverse patient population, and we are committed to hiring from within the communities we serve. We encourage candidates from all races, ethnicities, nationalities, abilities and gender identities – particularly those who have historically been marginalized in healthcare –  to apply to join the Erie team.

We champion a team who will bring their unique differences and authentic selves – and consequently their wide-ranging perspectives, influential life experiences, and innovative approaches –  to our clinical, operations and learning settings.

We encourage you to bring your unique self to our Erie team.

Opportunities for Our Team to Participate in and Advance Erie’s DEI Culture

Erie’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

Erie’s DEI Committee meets regularly to guide Erie’s DEI Action Plan and work towards creating an environment for diversity, equity and inclusion amongst staff and patients in alignment with Erie’s mission, vision and values.  The committee’s focus areas are:

  • Community and Culture
  • Communication and Change Management
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Patients and Services
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training

All new Erie team members participate in DEI Training, with the goal to develop a shared language for and understanding of DEI core concepts and key terminology.

Town Halls

Erie regularly invites all team members to virtual Town Halls. These optional sessions make space for people to process and respond to current internal and external events.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Erie’s Employee Resource Groups connect team members who share common backgrounds or interests. They provide personal and professional development through mentoring, events, volunteerism and community involvement.

Erie currently hosts two active ERGs:

  • The Erie Black ERG
  • The Erie Queer/LGBTQIA+ ERG

Any Erie employee is welcome to submit an application to form a new Employee Resource Group.

Create your own user feedback survey

Browse through the photos below to get a peek at some of the activities sponsored by Erie’s DEI Committee and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

Queer/LGBTQIA+ ERG Members and Allies Brick Painting Party for Pride 2021

Black ERG Juneteenth Observance T-Shirts

Feedback Form

We invite you to use this space below to share any feedback, comments, ideas for growth, or suggestions for how Erie can ensure that all people who walk in our doors feel welcome and valued.  Comments can be submitted anonymously, if you wish.

For more information contact:

Kellie Medious
DEI Officer
DEI Committee Co-Chair

Zachary Spreitzer
DEI Committee Co-Chair

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