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Equity & Inclusion Matter at Work & in the Community

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Belonging is about feeling comfortable being who you are, everywhere: at home, at your job, out and about. And that includes at the doctor’s office.

Whether as a patient, health plan member, visitor or co‑worker, everyone who walks through the doors of Samaritan Health Services deserves to feel welcome and treated with respect and dignity.

Demonstrating a commitment and responsibility to meeting its mission of “building healthier communities together,” Samaritan completed its inaugural Equity & Inclusion Plan in 2020. The four‑year plan was developed by Samaritan’s Equity & Inclusion Council and outlines the steps to better understand and address issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, culture, socioeconomic status, language, sexual orientation, age, spirituality and literacy.

“We look forward to fostering an even more inclusive, respectful, equitable and responsive health care system,” said Kevin Ewanchyna, MD, chief medical officer for Samaritan Health Plans and member of the Equity & Inclusion Council.

The plan reflects organizational values know as Samaritan PRIDE: Passion, respect, integrity, dedication and excellence.

“We recognize this work is ongoing, building on the foundation we are creating,” Dr. Ewanchyna said.

Another part of Samaritan’s commitment to creating an inclusive workplace is by taking the steps to be named a Military Friendly Employer again in 2021.

Samaritan also recognizes that work is one of the many aspects of wellness affecting a person’s quality of life. In response to widespread calls for racial justice, Samaritan has held employee focus groups and forums for open dialogue. Additionally, Samaritan encourages employees, patients and community members to seek support when they need it.

“Finding ways to grow your skills and be satisfied and enriched at work is good for you,” said Gail Worden‑Acree, vice president of Human Resources for Samaritan and an Equity & Inclusion Council member. “We encourage everyone to develop their talents and confidence so they can reach their goals.”

Learn more about the Equity & Inclusion Plan at samhealth.org/Equity.