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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. Shea Asfaw, Chief of Staff, presented on the MGH Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan – much has been done, good things are planned, but there is still much more that needs to be done at MGH.  This Plan is a roadmap of initiatives that everyone should be following.
  2. Among other initiatives Partners and MGH are becoming Anchor institutions (refer to APOLLO which have the power and financial resources to make a positive impact on diversity and inclusion efforts within and outside its walls
  3. It is important that there be a central figure to help point the direction to the various available resources and creating an inventory of what of Diversity and Inclusion efforts

2018 Accomplishments

  • "Addressing Racism in Healthcare” series in Boston Globe by the Spotlight team; discussion with Jonathan Jackson, PhD MGH Neurology

    • This conversation became a cornerstone of dialogue throughout the year as the champions addressed issues that arose on units with patients and colleagues that impacted diversity and inclusivity efforts.  Though these conversations are difficult and the goal of achieving an inclusive environment at MGH and equity through a diverse patient population and staff is a challenging one, working toward these goals is the just thing to do.

  • Discussions with hospital leadership on diversity efforts within the hospital and individual units and departments

    • Debbie Burke RN, Chief Nurse and VP for Patient Care Services visited the champions and took part in a conversation on understanding the needs and situation of transgender staff and patients.  She also addressed her vision for what the nature of the committee is for the upcoming year.
  • Book discussion on “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman

    The champions read this book which sparked much discussion on individual narratives of the challenges they face in their daily practice.

  • Working with the Research and Evidence Based Practice committee to create a Did You Know? Poster on Implicit Bias

    • The champions completed a near two-year effort to develop a Did You Know poster with the REBP committee which will be published in 2019.


2019 Goals:

  • Education and raising awareness among MGH staff:
    • Creating an educational model on various issues involving diversity and inclusion

    • Format and film conversations on topics of diversity and inclusion:
      • Gender/sex
      • Race/ethnicity
    • Use the short films as centerpieces of staff conversations on difficult topics
      Goal: At the end of the discussion the group will have a greater understanding of implicit bias and how intentionality and selective attention increase awareness, affect behavior and can become the cornerstone of creating a more inclusive environment
  • Pulish the Implicit Bias poster and circulate flyers to practices based on the poster


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First Tuesday of the month from 12:00-2:00 pm in Founders House 311

Committee Contacts:

Melanie Andrade, RN
Surgery - PH 22

Kelsey Conley, RN
Surgery - Blake 12

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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