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About HPHA

Our Commitment to Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism

The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) is committed to becoming a more safe, equitable and inclusive healthcare organization for all. We are committed to addressing all forms of discrimination, including anti-racism, gender bias, and rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

At HPHA, all people matter.

The HPHA is committed to becoming a more equitable and inclusive healthcare organization for all.

We are committed to addressing all forms of discrimination including, but not limited to, anti-racism, gender bias, and rights of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. As an organization dedicated to providing exceptional people-centered care, we must understand the experiences and views of every person who visits, works for, volunteers or receives care at our hospitals and make the necessary changes to ensure everyone’s needs are met and respected. A high-quality health care system starts with a culture that promotes equity and reduces disparities. 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge and give thanks for the land on which we gather as being the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee/People of the Long House and the Anishinaabe.

We recognize the First Peoples’ continued stewardship of the land and water, and that this territory is subject to the Dish with One Spoon Wampum under which multiple nations agreed to care for the land and resources by the Great Lakes in peace.

We also acknowledge and recognize the treaties signed in regard to this land including Treaty #29 and Treaty #45 1/2. Our roles and shared responsibilities as treaty people mean we are committed to moving forward in reconciliation with
gratitude and respect with all First Nations, Metis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples. We commit to the following action: sharing resources that explore the rich and diverse cultures, voices, experiences and histories of First Nations, Inuit and
Metis people.

Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism Framework

The development of our Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism (EID-AR) framework is a long-term commitment, which requires hard work and challenging conversations. This framework is a living document that will change based on our evolving knowledge and the feedback we receive from our patients, families, staff, physicians and the communities we serve.

EID-AR Framework

2023/24 EID-AR Action Plan 

Guide to Inclusive Language

HPHA's Guide to Inclusive Language provides guidelines and recommendations of language to use that respects and honours equity, diversity, inclusivity and accessibility.

Guide to Inclusive Language

Initiatives

2023 Accomplishments 

 

  • Offered a virtual tour of the Amherstburg Freedom Museum and education session on the Underground Railroad to staff.
  • Rolled out a 2SLGBTQIA+ Foundations Course through Rainbow Health Ontario to staff.
  • Offered two Trans 101 virtual education sessions through Rainbow Health Ontario to staff.
  • Supported an Indigenous artist in British Columbia by assisting staff with purchasing $1000 worth of orange t-shirts for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
  • Created HPHA’s first Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism Framework and Education Module.
  • Created HPHA’s first Inclusive Language Guide.
  • Offered an in-person Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Course to staff through the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.
  • Worked with Facilities Management to give new and existing staff the opportunity to add pronouns to their identification badge.

Current Initiatives

  • Inclusive Washroom Signage for our St. Marys Memorial Hospital Patient Room Refresh and Stratford General Hospital Chemotherapy and Pharmacy Renovation. 
  • Smudging Ceremony Policy being created.
  • Creating standardized EID-AR Signage for HPHA (ex. Anti-Racism, 2SLGBTQIA+ Health and more!).
  • Booking additional in-person Indigenous Cultural Competency Training.