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

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 throughout the year. Below is a calendar of the heritage months and cultural recognitions celebrated in the U.S. and at Hackensack Meridian Health.

For more information about the holidays and festivals recognized by the various cultural and religious groups, please refer to the Multi-Cultural Calendar. In addition, visit Tannenbaum for detailed workplace religious facts and best practices.

Calendar of U.S. Heritage Months and Cultural Recognitions

Martin L. King, Jr. (18)*

Haitian Independence Day

Chinese New Year

African American History Month*Women’s History Month*
Multicultural Communications Month

Ramadhan (April 13 – May 11) **

National Asian American /Pacific Islander Month*

Ramadhan (April 13 – May 11) **

LGBTQ Pride Month*

Juneteenth (19)

National Caribbean American Heritage Month

Eid Al Adha (20)National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15 – 30)*

Rosh Hashanah (6-8) **

Yom Kippur (15-16) **

Sukkot (20-27; no work 21-22)**

National Hispanic Heritage Month (October 1 – 15)*

Spirit Day*

**Diwali (4)*

Veterans Day (11)*

National Native American Heritage Month

Hanukkah (28 )**

Universal Human Rights Month

World Aids Day (1)

Hannukkah (- 6)**

Christmas (25)

Kwanzaa (26-Jan. 1)

*Cultural Recognition celebrated at Hackensack Meridian Health

**Dates change from year to year; please refer to yearly calendar before scheduling meetings and programs

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.