Diversity & Inclusion

Hackensack Meridian Health is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment that delivers culturally competent, patient-centered care. We value and celebrate the contribution of our team members and acknowledge that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Through our Diversity & Inclusion program, we strive to:

  • Foster an inclusive environment that embraces different perspectives and that values the contributions of each individual
  • Promote diversity at every level throughout our network
  • Employ and develop the finest talent from all groups within our vibrant communities
  • Provide outstanding and award-winning health care services

We also offer access to various trainings and certifications on diversity, inclusion, and offering culturally competent care. Courses are available through the Diversity & Inclusion Academy at Team Hackensack Meridian University (Team HMU).

Team Member Resource Groups

Mission: To create an intercultural dialogue that will provide diverse perspectives and practice; to increase participation in order to foster equality while contributing to Hackensack Meridian Health’s mission, efforts, and values.

Vision: To enhance our culture achieved by working together in harmony to create the best human experience for our team members, our patients, and the communities we serve, by creating an inclusive environment where all are valued for their talent and empowered to reach their fullest potential.

TMRGs are a strategic initiative of Diversity & Inclusion. If you are interested in membership, please click here. You can also contact Barbara Y. Graham at barbara.graham@hmhn.org for more information.

Culture Recognition & Heritage Months

The Diversity & Inclusion Department keeps team members aware of and informed about various cultures.

Hackensack Meridian Health recognizes our team members come from various communities and cultural heritages, which enrich our organization. Therefore, we celebrate and highlight these cultures at different times of the year.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, which occurs annually from September 15 though October 15, recognizes the culture, traditions, history and contributions of Latino Americans in the United States. This year’s national theme is “Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future”.

From September 15 through October 15, Hackensack Meridian Health will celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month in a manner that is appropriate and aligns with our priorities as we deal with the unprecedented COVID19 pandemic. Specifically, Hispanic Heritage Month recognition will be celebrated via educational resources shared throughout the network versus hosting celebrations in the specific sites as we have done in the past. These educational resources will be advertised through fliers, huddle notes, and network publications.

The first national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month occurred in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week and began on September 15, to commemorate the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. It also included September 16 and September 18, the independence days of Mexico and Chile, respectively. In 1988, Congress expanded the week long observance to a 30-day period. Each year, the U.S. President issues a proclamation to begin the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Subject to union negotiations. We are required by law to deal with the unions on behalf of unionized team members, and we will continue to do so. We will only negotiate with the unions, not with individual unionized team members.