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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 2017

  • Successful participation of the Diversity Committee in the SAFER Fair. Our short video series from the NYT in particular sparked many lively discussions.

  • Presentation to committee members on Implicit Bias.

  • Committee name change to Diversity and Inclusion Committee to better reflect our work

  •  Participated in the Ethics Committee Book Club. Our champions contributed greatly to the discussion of the book “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.

2018 Goals:

  • Create a summer reading club on a book with pertinent diversity and inclusion issues

  • Identify educational opportunities to further understanding of implicit bias for our committee members (i.e. training workshop)
  • Compile a list of resources available to hospital staff on diversity and inclusion, to assist them in identifying who to call and for what.

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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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