Urge Orlando Health to Become More Culturally Competent

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Posted on September 4, 2009 - 1:00pm by Anonymous.

Several months ago a group of Orlando Health team members presented a proposal to key executive leaders of the organization calling for the development of a diversity initiative to benefit the organization, its team members, physicians and patients and the community at large. After several meetings with key leaders within the organization nothing has happened.

Click here to urge Orlando Health to better protect its team members.

There are several discrepancies and inconsistencies within Orlando Health's team member and patient policies in regard to diversity/multicultural awareness.

Some examples include:

-Orlando Health does not allow team members to form groups to discuss diversity/multicultural awareness.

-Orlando Health does not educate its team members about the culturally competent way to treat its patients and team members in regard to important racial and ethnic differences.

-Orlando Health protects a team member's sexual orientation in its team member nondiscrimination policy, but does not do so in its patient's bill of rights.

-Orlando Health does not protect the gender identity of its team members or patients.

-Orlando Health does not provide domestic partner health benefits for its team members, regardless of sexual orientation.

-Orlando Health's mission is "to improve the health and quality of life of the individuals and communities we serve." Due to the above and the unknown number of opportunities for recruitment and advancement the organization has not yet explored, Orlando Health is behind other business leaders.

As the fifth largest employer in Central Florida, it is time Orlando Health lead like Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and several other top employers in the market and develop a diversity/multicultural awareness initiative that will ultimately lead to the organization establishing a diversity/multicultural office to better achieve its mission.

Please click here to join me in signing this petition to tell Orlando Health it is time to embrace positive change.

Thank you.

Alan L. Bounville
Former Orlando Health team member and donor in good standing with the organization


Alan L. Bounville (not verified) says:

September 24, 2009 - 2:57am

Tom - thank you very much. I hope you will as well sign the petition and encourage others to do the same. Again, thanks.

Tom (not verified) says:

September 10, 2009 - 12:21pm

Orlando Health will do well to respect diversity. I work for a corporation and am represented by the UAW. Both place great value on diversity. We believe that a diverse team can bring creativity and new ideas to the design and manufacture of our products. We need this to solve complex problems and compete with others. It also helps us recruit and keep the best talent. And its the right thing to do.

My union has survived tough times by valueing every member. We respect each member and require a course in diversity in our leadership training. We fight discriminaion that is still too common.

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