Support for Underrepresented Communities
Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Johns Hopkins Health System have many programs in place across all levels of our organization to ensure support for underrepresented communities. These communities are defined as
- Alaska Native
- Asian-Pacific Islander
- Black/African American
- Hispanic/Latino; Native American
- Native Hawaiian
- Individuals with disabilities
- Members of the LGBTQ+ community
- One or more of the racial or ethnic groups listed above
We maintain the following written policies for workforce diversity, equity and inclusion.
- JHM Workforce Diversity Statement
- JHM/JHHS Employment Policy
- JHM/JHHS Equal Employment Opportunity and Harassment and Complaint Procedures Policy
- JHM Identification Badge Policy
- Prohibiting Patient Discrimination or Discriminatory Aggression by Patients/Healthcare Decision-makers or Visitors Against Members of the JHM Community
As a federal contractor, we are required to report the performance of diversity initiatives, to include, but not limited to annual hiring and recruitment statistics and attainment of set goals, all of which are available upon request.
For managers, DEI incentives are reflected in our annual performance evaluation process whereby demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion are featured core values and subjected to a rating.
Career advance training and opportunities for employees
- JHM Levi Watkins, Jr. Mentorship Program
The program is focused on identifying and developing hidden and high-potential leadership talent, including underrepresented groups, within JHM. It is a blended development process involving monthly mentor meetings, individual action planning, access to a digital interactive platform, assessment instruments and group meetups.
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity
The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity website is continually updated to include the JHM diversity, inclusion, and health equity strategic plan and annual reports summarizing major programs and accomplishments.JHM Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer is a corporate officer who devotes 100% effort to overseeing biomedical workforce diversity initiatives and health equity operational strategy for the health system and school of medicine.
Diversity and Inclusion - Innovation Roadmap 2023
A Preview of the Diversity, Inclusion and Health Equity Strategic Plan
HopkinsLocal is a firm commitment to leverage the economic power of The Johns Hopkins University and Health System to expand participation of local and minority-owned businesses in construction opportunities; to increase our hiring of city residents, with a focus on neighborhoods in need of job opportunities; and to enhance economic growth, employment and investment in Baltimore through our purchasing activities.
We are committed to purchasing from certified Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MBEs). Vendors can find opportunities by reviewing the categories in which Johns Hopkins focuses its local and MBE purchasing.
Additionally, through the Office of Economic Development and Community Partnerships, Johns Hopkins hosts the following event series to engage minority-owned businesses:
- Small Black Business Showcase
- BUY in Baltimore
- Recharge Charles Village
- Small Business Saturdays
- Entrepreneurship Matters
Design and Construction
We are committed to expanding the participation of local and minority-owned businesses in construction opportunities. The Johns Hopkins University and Health System design and construction departments instituted a joint vendor review committee (JVRC) and interview process for companies that have an interest in participating on projects managed by Johns Hopkins. The JVRC is responsible for reviewing vendor capability statements, interviewing potential firms, and recommending firms to the respective Johns Hopkins design and construction groups. Members of the JVRC review vendor submissions on a monthly basis. Businesses can learn more about construction opportunities here.
We provide support and outreach to underrepresented communities or organizations that represent underrepresented communities.
This workforce initiative has two objectivesto create career pathways to engage the community to harness talent for the workforce as well as develop longitudinal pathways for career progression for incumbent hospital staff. Human Resources and hospital executive leadership, nursing directors as well as Talent Acquisition are actively partnering with local colleges and high school leadership (Patterson High School), to create a direct pipeline of potential Latino and African American health care workers for entry level positions for employment at JHBMC and JH. Any professions in Health Sciences (radiologist, medical technologist, pharm techs and transporters, will serve as foundations for CTE students to be exposed to health science careers, job functions and requisite skill set including real-world application of HS curriculum at hospital sites.
Patterson High School will use CNA to college internships to engage health pathway students. Representatives from specific hospital departments will speak with students regularly to expose students to the diversity of hospital career pathways. The hospital has been asked to provide on-going consumable supplies for CNA, Pharmacy Tech, and EMT pathway programs and meet regularly with the high school workforce council to ensure a strong relationship between PHS, Bayview and JH with regular efforts for summer jobs.
East Baltimore is a food desert and when the pandemic hit the lack of healthy food in the community was exacerbated so we launched the East Baltimore Food Access Initiative is provide meals for families impacted by COVID-19. Since 2020 we have distributed more than 6.5 million meals, 200K of boxes of produce, 250K face masks and hand sanitizer, thousands of at-home COVID-19 tests, and public health information and provided thousands of referrals for COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.
Though the initiative was launched due to the pandemic, the initiative is ongoing and the network will remain a key avenue for communicating with our African American and Latino neighbors and distributing timely public health information. Watch the video.
Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center's Journey to Better Health Program works with various faith communities as well as government and non-profit organizations to offer free health services to any adult who lives, worships and/or works in Howard County. Some of the free services offered include COVID-19 testing and vaccination, chronic disease self-management classes (English and Spanish), diabetes support groups, health screenings (including an annual Latino Health Fair) and mental health first aid trainings. Learn more.
Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center have Congregational Depression Awareness Programs (CDAP) that can provide support to members of underrepresented communities by engaging trusted faith-based organizations. CDAP is a 5-week, 10-hour course for volunteers from local faith communities who are interested in coordinating depression awareness and support programs in their congregations. Participants receive instruction, resources and ongoing support to assist individuals directly and indirectly impacted by depression.
Johns Hopkins Howard County Medical Center has a Community Health Worker (CHW) training program accredited by the State of Maryland. The curriculum prepares CHWs to become advocates who can support underserved populations. The curriculum includes modules on cultural competency, health equity, and the impact of culture on healthcare. Scholarship opportunities are available. Learn more.
Health equity is embedded throughout all of Suburban Hospital’s health improvement work and overall operation. To live out our mission, it is imperative that we ensure everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life, regardless of who they are, where they live, or how much money they earn. Learn more.
Access to care initiatives such as the MobileMed/NIH Heart and Endocrine Clinics at Suburban Hospital are Cardiac and Endocrine specialty services delivered for free to uninsured residents. For close to 15 years, the Heart and Diabetes Clinics provide one stop diagnostic testing, medication management, and education/counseling (interpretation services also provided) during one visit to mitigate transportation barriers. Caring for close to 500 patients each year, the heart and endocrine clinics specifically serve community members who do not qualify or are deemed eligible for health insurance. Learn more.