Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre was one of 11 major organizations to sign a Thunder Bay Anti-Racism & Inclusion Accord on June 19. The Accord signifies a commitment by each organization to establish goals, work together to address racism and discrimination in the community, and report on successes.
“Our Hospital is committed to Indigenous Health equity and reconciliation. We have made it a priority in both our Hospital`s and our Research Institute`s Strategic Plans, with Directions that focus on improving the health of Indigenous patients and families, as well as fostering a safer and more welcoming environment,” said Jean Bartkowiak, Hospital President and CEO. “This Anti-Racism Accord is in line with our value of Respect, and I am proud that our Hospital is part of the Coalition.”
Each organization involved, including our Hospital, commits to:
The Indigenous community is the fastest growing population in Northwestern Ontario and experiences unique health challenges and barriers with significantly worse health status than the rest of the population. In response, our Hospital has already implemented numerous improvements, such as:
To learn more about what our Hospital is doing to create a more welcoming environment for all patients, please visit www.tbrhsc.net. To learn more about the Anti-Racism and Inclusion Coalition, please visit https://bit.ly/2I2JQzK.