As part of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s strategic commitment to equity in both the care we provide and our work environment, our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) council developed a tool to enhance discussions about equity, diversity and inclusion across our organization and ensure that we are reflecting and supporting the diversity of communities we serve. Our Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Lens is an interactive and easy-to-use tool that helps us: • Think about things differently • Identify unintended and unconscious biases • Ensure everything we do respects the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion Our development process began with an external scan and review of existing tools and processes. Building on the work done by other organizations and municipalities, Holland Bloorview developed a tool that would be applicable in our health-care setting. We developed four sets of questions for four different organizational scenarios that encompass much of the work we do: 1. Creating an equitable work environment – used when we are onboarding new team members, running team meetings and in day-to-day operations. 2. Creating and running an inclusive committee- used when we want to ensure new or existing committees or projects reflect equity, diversity and inclusion. 3. Creating or reviewing a clinical program or service – used when we are developing or reviewing programs, clinical groups, summer programs, clinical care, etc. 4. Creating communications materials – used when creating communications plans and materials, such as brochures, etc., and when communicating results of an initiative. Along with the four sets of questions, we also developed a short user guide that reinforces the importance and purpose of the EDI lens while providing simple instructions for use. Through a robust pilot project to test the EDI lens, staff members reported that it was an effective tool that supported new ways of thinking about, identifying and executing projects that support equity, diversity and inclusion.
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