UC Davis Health System

01/21/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/21/2020 17:54

UC Davis Health named among America's Best Employers for Diversity

UC Davis Health has again been named one of America's Best Employers for Diversity by the global media company Forbes. It is among the top 15 health systems in the nation with that honor this year.

Employees and UC Davis Health leadership gathered in 2019 to celebrate the university's Principles of Community.

Based in Sacramento, UC Davis Health has consistently been a leader in its hiring practices and its environment of inclusion for employees, students and the patients it serves throughout the Northern California region. Seventy-one percent of its workforce are women. More than 26% are Asian/Native Hawaiian. More than 14% are Hispanic/Latinx. Approximately 8% of its employees are Black/African American, and almost 1% (0.7%) identify as American Indian.

The 2020 designation was based on an independent survey that sampled a representative group of some 60,000 employees working for companies employing at least 1,000 people in their U.S. operations. Respondents were asked questions regarding age, gender equality, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQA+ and general diversity concerning their own employer.

'A crucial element in what makes UC Davis Health a best employer is a university-wide focus on cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce,' said David Lubarsky, vice chancellor of Human Health Sciences and the CEO of UC Davis Health. 'Our Principles of Community, for example, provide all of us with a visionary guide for our goals in equity, justice, respect and understanding. We do it by building it into the fabric of our recruitment and retention. We don't just say it.'

Lubarsky pointed to a variety of programs and initiatives that undoubtedly informed the employee responses to the Forbes' survey. In addition to the Principle of Community, the health system includes:

  • Commitment to a diverse workforce : A commitment to cultivating a diverse workforce that reflects the students, patients and communities that are served by the university and its health system.
  • Work-life balance: Support for faculty, staff, students and retirees in their pursuit of a balanced lifestyle.
  • Professional Development: Employees can advance their careers through a comprehensive range of training and development classes.
  • Extraordinary Benefits: UC Davis' benefits programs are designed for employee success and well-being throughout their career and into retirement.
  • Diversity and Dialogue Series: A series of conversations that provide an opportunity for health system employees and the community to discuss topics ranging from race and culture to gender, stereotypes and multiculturalism.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Vision: A plan that moves UC Davis toward its goal of inclusion excellence, wherein all members of a community are encouraged and supported in their work, study and learning.
  • LGBTQ+ health leadership: The health system has been nationally recognized for its leadership in advancing LGBTQ+ health care and employment inclusion.
  • Soaring to New Heights celebration: An annual awards ceremony honoring staff and faculty for their contributions to diversity awareness, disability awareness and campus safety.

For UC Davis Health, diversity of its workplace goes well beyond employee inclusion and satisfaction. It's a core element in improving the health and well-being of its patients, and in addressing health inequities, too.

'We're honored to be nationally recognized for our diverse workforce here at UC Davis Health,' said Hendry Ton, associate vice chancellor for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. 'We are strongly committed to advancing health equity, and this starts with care teams and staffing that truly reflect the communities we serve.'

UC Davis Health includes schools of nursing, medicine and health-related graduate degree programs. Its strategic goals include a continuing focus on recruitment pipelines that will create even more diverse classes in nursing and medicine, as well as more diverse faculty, administrative leaders, physicians, nurses and other clinical and research professionals.

The University of California, Davis (which includes the health system), also earned honors on Forbes' list of America's Best Employer for Diversity for 2020.