Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Nationwide Children's

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.

Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Leadership

Orville Bignall

Dr. Ray Bignall
Chief Diversity and Health Equity Officer

Dr. Chisolm

Dr. Deena Chisolm
Director for the Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research

Dr. Brown

Dr. Courtney Brown
Assistant Chief Health Equity Officer

LaVone Caldwell

LaVone Caldwell, MSW
Director for the Office of Health Equity

Lourdes Negron-McDaniel

Lourdes Negron-McDaniel, CDP
Assistant Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Inclusion and Culture

Tallyn Hicks

Tallyn Hicks, RN
Clinical Director for the Office of Health Equity and Director of Ambulatory Specialty Clinics

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

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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).

Eight Aligned Employee Resource Groups

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

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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Learn About Career Opportunities