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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Kaleida Health Employee Resource Groups

ERG group

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are system-wide groups of employees who are united by a common goal, interest, experience, or characteristic. These commonalities may include various dimensions of diversity such as race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, generation, religious affiliation, military/veteran status, working parents/caregivers or other attribute or shared experience. Kaleida Health encourages the formation of ERGs to ensure a culture where all employees feel they belong. Equally important, through innovations from our ERGs, we are better able to provide appropriate care to the diverse populations we serve, identify and eliminate health disparities, and enhance the patient experience.

The Diversity, Inclusion, Race and Equity (DIRE) ERG has a focus on race and ethnicity as it relates to the overall Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy at Kaleida Health. The group serves as a resource to educate and inform staff and leadership of race and ethnicity issues impacting employee experiences, feelings of belonging, and health disparities for the communities we serve. The DIRE ERG members are leaders in driving diversity, inclusion and engagement throughout Kaleida Health by providing tangible suggestions to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Executive Council that support strategic priorities and business outcomes.
The LGBTQ ERG creates an equitable, inclusive and supportive environment for all employees regardless of one's sexual orientation or gender identity. The group serves as a resource to educate and inform staff and leadership of LGBTQ issues impacting both employees and patients. The LGBTQ ERG provides tangible suggestions to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Executive Council that support strategic priorities and business outcomes.
The Veterans and their families ERG connects Kaleida Health employees who have current military service experience or veteran status, their family members, and other military supporters to exchange ideas and shared experiences. The group highlights the unique perspective military personnel and veterans bring to the workforce which - through empowering and engaging employees - can drive innovation within the health system. The Veterans ERG provides tangible suggestions to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and the Diversity and Inclusion Executive Council that support strategic priorities and business outcomes.
The Working Parents/Caregivers ERG connects Kaleida Health employees who are working parents or caregivers to enable the exchange of supports, ideas, and shared experiences. The group highlights the challenges of being working parents and caregivers, which can be difficult to manage in the workplace and falls in line with creating a fair and equitable environment where all people feel as though they belong and bring value to the mission. This group will offer creative parenting/caregiver solutions to support retention and development for working parents/caregivers. The working parents/ caregivers ERG will provide tangible suggestions to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and the Diversity and Inclusion Executive Council that support strategic priorities and business outcomes.