April 27, 2015

The Opportunity & Diversity Report Card: The Healthcare Industry is the third in a series of NAACP’s economic report cards on corporate diversity and inclusion. With the healthcare industry being one of the fastest growing sectors in the country, it  is important to highlight opportunities in the industry and where we can strengthen people of color’s full participation.

The report card graded the six largest healthcare systems — Dignity Health, Tenet Healthcare, Ascension Health, Hospital Corporation of America, Catholic Health Initiative, Community Health Systems — and highlights key areas where the industry can improve to ensure their workforce, leadership and suppliers adequately reflect the demographics of the United States.

The report card, which is based on 2012 data, reveals top management positions remain firmly dominated by white employees, despite the establishment of diversity and inclusion programs and a significant increase in minority college graduates entering the workforce over the past 20 years. The report also found poor performance in the area of contracting minority owned businesses.  Information submitted by healthcare systems during the survey period revealed that three of the six systems did not track supplier diversity spends and the remaining three indicated that they struggle with diversification in their supplier purchasing.

We have begun conversations around the report with leading healthcare companies to discuss strategies for strengthening diversity and inclusion efforts moving forward.

Download the full Report Here

For more information, contact Dawn Chase, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion at dchase@naacpnet.org.

For media inquiries about the report card, contact Nicole E. Kenney, Sr. Communications Associate at nkenney@naacpnet.org.

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