Diversity is managed by the Director of Diversity with the support of the Alliance Culture and Diversity Task Force and eight Diversity Advisory Councils representing each hospital and service location.† It is the goal of the Health Alliance to create and maintain a diverse environment where all associates can thrive, meeting and exceeding business and personal objectives.†
We understand that embracing the differences in values, styles, and perspectives is essential to getting the best performance from our associates.† Effectively managing our diversity increases our creativity, flexibility, productivity, competitiveness, and associate satisfaction.
The Health Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, which means that we strive to ensure equal access to workplace opportunities for all individuals, without regard to any dimension of their diversity, based on merit.† Creating a diverse workforce that is reflective on all levels of the organization of the demographics of our communities and the available, qualified candidate pool is a top priority for the Health Alliance.
Our approach to managing diversity mirrors that of any other key business issue.† It includes the development and implementation of a strategic plan that sets goals for diversity, creates specific strategies to attain the goals, and identifies resources to measure their organizational impact.†
Cornerstones of our diversity strategic plan include:
The Health Alliance constantly strives to increase its spending with woman-owned, minority-owned, and small business enterprises.† Through our annual sponsorship of the South Central Ohio Minority Business Council, we support educational opportunities to better position suppliers to do business with us and other organizations.† Through participation in regional trade and opportunity fairs we are able to identify potential vendors.†
We also encourage the development of diverse suppliers within healthcare by identifying supplier diversity as a priority to our first-tier distributors and requesting reports on their utilization and support of woman and minority-owned distributors and manufacturers.† One of our greatest successes to date is the partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Health Council and other local health systems that resulted in the creation of United Courier, a minority-owned enterprise that now provides courier services to a number of local health care systems.
Serving our communities has always been a priority for the Health Alliance.† As the regionís largest provider of health care services, we actively seek opportunities to support members of our communities beyond the doors of our hospitals.† Each year we support a number of community agencies through sponsorship or annual giving campaigns, provide free health screenings and services at community based health fairs, and provide support to local schools through the Partners in Education program.
Each summer the Health Alliance sponsors the health pavilion at the Midwest Regional Black Family Reunion, a free, three-day festival that provides information, health screenings, and entertainment to members of the African American and all communities.† As co-sponsor of the 2001 health pavilion, 200 Health Alliance associates volunteered to provide health screenings to 275 attendees and prostate screenings to 175 men.† This represents our largest community-outreach activity, and allows us to provide a vital service to the community while providing a fun and unifying experience for our associates.