Niagara Health looks to boost gender equality, diversity

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Published February 24, 2022 at 11:50 am

Lynn Guerriero, President and CEO at Niagara Health, believes the 50-30 Challenge will bring more gender equalityand cultural diversity to the health unit.

Niagara Health is looking to see a lot more gender equality and cultural diversity within their ranks.

As such, they are just the 12th health care unit in the entire country to join the federal government’s “50-30 Challenge.”

Breaking it down, the 50-30 Challenge is looking to level the playing field by first seeing a 50-50 gender divide among all staff and secondly, having 30 per cent of staff represented by the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, as well people with disabilities.

“Our organization is strongly committed to supporting a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment,” said Chair of the Board of Niagara Health Bunny Alexander.

“Increasing representation of equity-deserving groups at a leadership level is integral to continue building an environment of equity and inclusion for everyone that walks through our doors.”

Pointing to Niagara Health’s staff as it greatest resource, Lynn Guerriero, President and CEO at Niagara Health, said the breadth of experience brought by different life situations and perspectives could become the unit’s greatest strength.

“Having a variety of different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs is fundamental to providing high-quality, safe care to all members of our community.”

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