Diversity In the Workplace

Having a diverse employee base and a culture of inclusion helps us to better serve Rhode Islanders. Here’s a look at how we support diversity and inclusion for our employees:

Diversity Business Council

This grassroots, multidimensional employee group is dedicated to promoting diversity awareness and a culture of inclusion at Blue Cross. It serves as a supportive network and resource—both internally and externally—for business needs related to diversity and inclusion.

The group is responsible for planning and promoting our annual Diversity Week, which celebrates the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, in our community, and in our personal lives. Some highlights of past Diversity Weeks include:

  • Our Annual Community Meeting, which featured a keynote address and panel discussion on “Healthcare Disparities in Rhode Island”

  • A panel discussion on “Rebuilding and Rebranding Yourself in the New Economy” that we cosponsored with the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting

  • A showing and discussion of “Unnatural Causes,” the acclaimed PBS documentary video series that looks at the root causes of the socioeconomic and racial inequities in our healthcare system

  • Appreciating Differences Diversity Training for employees, an interactive class that helped employees broaden their definition of diversity and leverage it to achieve our goals

  • A presentation titled The Cost of Healthcare Disparities by Chief of the Rhode Island Office of Minority Health, providing Rhode Island-specific data on the cost of healthcare disparities and what can be done nationally and locally

  • Launch of “Out of the Box Ideas” innovation program, in which employee suggestions are used to pursue operational excellence

Diversity Steering Committee

This group of senior leaders in the company provides leadership and measures progress for our corporate diversity initiatives.

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