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Collaborative Governance

Advisory Committees

Committee on Diversity and Inclusion

Ethics in Clinical Practice


Patient Education

Patient Experience

Clinical Practice Committee

Quality and Safety

Research and Evidence-Based Practice


Current Work:

  1. In lieu of the July meeting a Muslim Ethics presentation was held on Tuesday, July 18th in the O’Keefe auditorium.
  2. The committee discussed the changes to the Vietnamese flag.  The previous flag before the change in government, is more respectful to our Boston Vietnamese community. Discussion will continue at a future meeting.
  3. The committee had an Educational presentation on August 15th.  Shristi Sapkota walked the champions through the culture and rituals of Nepalese.  She explained the belief system and how it has changed over the years.
  4. The champions reflected and debriefed on the events of Charlottesville, VA.  There was a discussion around the violence and hate crimes.

Accomplishments 2016

  1. Various members of the committee or guests presented monthly educational/cultural presentations to better inform champions about certain cultures/minority groups. Champions took this information back to their respective units/disciplines. Examples include: Puerto Rico, Judaism, LGBT healthcare, and South Africa.
  2. The committee leadership presented at various hospital wide events to members of hospital leadership to increase membership and recognition throughout the hospital
  3. The committee began discussions and workshops on both unconscious biases and structural racism with the guidance of experts such as Deb Washington, RN MSN.
  4. Goals 2017
  5. Continue our monthly cultural presentations to enhance our knowledge and understanding of culturally competent care. 
  6. Develop a presentation that can be brought to various care units, MGH Leadership, and used in a VidScrip for the Knight Nursing Center’s new nursing grand round format.
  7. Have 100% membership attendance at the SAFER Fair.
  8. Upload all educational presentations to the Excellence Every Day Portal.
  9. Update the committee website to better reflect the work we do.
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First Tuesday of the month from 12:00-2:00 pm in Founders House 311

Committee Contacts:

Melanie Andrade, RN

Kelsey Conley, RN

Chris Kirwan
Interpreter Services

Carmen Vega-Barachowitz, SLP
Speech Language Pathology

Wendy Rice
Spiritual Care

CG Diversity Champions


The Collaborative Governance Committee on Diversity and Inclusion is committed to supporting and developing strategies which transform our work setting into a more inclusive and welcoming environment for staff, patients, and families alike. The committee does this work through the sharing of champions’ stories of their own culture and traditions, as well as through case studies, guest lecturers and journal club.

  • Enhance professional development.
  • Promote culturally competent care and staff education
  • Develop a community, sensitive to each person as a human to be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Create a climate of inclusion in activities throughout the system.
  • Engage in joint projects with other Collaborative Governance committees.
  • Align the work of the committee with PCS strategic goals. return to top



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