Stand Against Racism, Stand for Health Equity

Stand Against Racism, Stand for Health EquityAt this critical time in our nation’s history, it is our mission and our opportunity to address the issue of racism head-on and double-down on Nationwide Children’s efforts to support health equity for all. Learn about Nationwide Children's past, current and future plans to address this public health crisis in our Stand Against Racism, Stand for Health Equity Report.

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Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Dr. Olivia Thomas
Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer at Nationwide Children's Hospital

Valencia Walker

Dr. Valencia Walker
Associate Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer

Orville Bignall

Dr. Ray Bignall
Assistant Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer

Lorina Wise
Chief Human Resources Officer

Lourdes Negron-McDaniel

Lourdes Negron-McDaniel
Inclusion and Culture Director

Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

The foundation of an organization is its people. At Nationwide Children's Hospital, we believe Everything Matters®, so we have aligned our strategy with the Best People and Best Programs to achieve the best outcomes. We also know diversity, combined with our authentic progress to build an inclusive culture, enables our employees to bring their unique differences and talents to work every day.

When your child needs a hospital, Everything Matters®.

The strength of our hospital comes from what we each bring to the table to improve patient, families, and each other’s lives. 

A diverse and inclusive team where every person is vital to improving children’s lives everywhere.

AAP Policy

Nationwide Children’s Hospital supports and endorses the American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on racism’s impact on child and adolescent health, “The Impact of Racism on Child and Adolescent Health.”

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Diversity and Inclusion Awards and Recognition

Learn more about the accreditations, awards and honors given to Nationwide Children’s.

2018 Top Hospital for Diversity

HEI Leader Logo

Forbes Best Employer for Diversity Badge

Nuestra Familia Award Seal

Employee Resource Groups

Our vision is an inclusive and diverse culture that fosters mutual respect, where our staff and physicians are valued and provided opportunities to achieve their full potential. We recognize an inclusive and diverse culture is grounded in a firm commitment to attract and retain talent, reflective of the communities we serve. One way of accomplishing this goal is with our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).

Seven Aligned Employee Resource Groups

  • All Equal - LGBTQ
  • APAN- Asian Pacific American
  • Connect With Us - Black, African, African-American, West Indian, Biracial and Multiracial
  • HOLA-Hispanic/Latino
  • LEAD - Professionals
  • Military/Veterans
  • CapABLE - Disability

Employee Resource Groups are teams of employees with common backgrounds, goals and interests, formed to act as a cultural resource for both group members and the entire organization. ERGs are typically associated with a culture or perspective that has traditionally faced challenges in the workplace. Some of the groups formed to support each other are working parents, veterans, ethnic and geographical backgrounds, and young career professionals. 

Our resource groups promote professional development, peer networking and provide opportunities for participants to engage in the work of diversity and inclusion. The purpose is to positively impact the organization’s culture in a manner that benefits participants and the organization.

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2nd Annual HBCU Virtual Summit

Our 2023 HBCU Summit provides students at Historically Black College and Universities the opportunity to learn more about clinical and non-clinical career pathways within the hospital. Join us on Thursday, January 26 from 3:00 - 5:00 p,m.