VCH Medical Staff Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Steering Committee

The VCH Medical Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee's goal is to advance equity and inclusion within medical staff roles across the organization with a mandate to address all types of diversity.

The committee includes three working groups:

  • Culture and Environment
  • Leadership Skills and Talent Management
  • Meaningful Metrics

Each group meets approximately every four to eight weeks. Sessional funding is provided.

This committee and its working groups are currently seeking members. If interested, please click here for the application form.

Culture and Environment Working Group

The purpose of the Culture and Environment Working Group is to support the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee in delivering on the specific activities outlined in the action plan and strategic priorities that pertain to this essential element. These include, but are not limited to:

Medical Staff Experiences:

Collect qualitative data on diverse medical staff experiences within the health authority, and action recommendations from this data

Education and Awareness of DEI:
Organize events and resources for all medical staff on DEI issues

Amplify and celebrate diverse medical staff

Skills Building:
Organize workshops and other learnings to improve skills of medical staff re: brave conversations, being an upstander, etc.

Advocacy:
Advise, advocate for, and make recommendations for change on DEI issues, for example childcare, parental leave, accessibility etc.

Community building and Allyship:
Create and organize affinity groups or other groups for community building/learning

Click here for this working group's terms of reference.

Meaningful Metrics Working Group

The purpose of the Meaningful Metrics Working Group is to support the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee in delivering on the specific activities outlined in the action plan and strategic priorities that pertain to this essential element. These include, but are not limited to:
● Make recommendations regarding data collection efforts and metric selection to senior leadership with respect to medical staff;
● Develop a process to plan and collect quantitative and qualitative measures on diversity, equity and inclusion from medical staff on an ongoing basis;
● Collect and present qualitative and quantitative data around initiatives planned within the DEI working groups to measure their impact; and

● Align data collection and use, where possible, with VCH wide DEI initiatives.

Click here for this working group's terms of reference.

Leadership Skills and Talent Management Working Group

The overarching goal of the working group is to help ensure that the diversity of the VCH medical staff and leadership is reflective of the population it serves. Efforts to align, advise, advocate for, and coordinate work being done by others in the Health Authority (HA) will be made. These include, but are not limited to:

● Talent Management:
o Advise on and assist in socialization of HA Search and Selection processes with a goal to embed DEI best practices;
o Advise on HA developed performance appraisal systems for all medical leadership roles, with a specific focus on DEI competencies;
o Advise on, collaborate where feasible, and assist in implementation of HA talent development training for leaders, with a specific focus on DEI specific trainings;

● Leadership Development:
o Advise on and assist in development and implementation of existing and future HA leadership development programs/projects;
o Support physicians on their leadership path, including mentorship/sponsorship programs.

Click here for this working group's terms of reference.

Steering Committee

The role of the Medical Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee is to:
• Provide support, guidance and monitor progress of the working groups as they develop implementation plans for each of their activity plans;
• Review and prioritize recommendations arising from the working groups;
• Identify and/or address duplication of efforts, interdependencies and resource requirements and align with VCH and other DEI related initiatives as appropriate;

• Make recommendations to VCH senior leadership, MSAs, and others as appropriate, on implementation of actions assigned to these respective groups/organizations;
• Engage in strategic planning with relevant stakeholders to assist in achieving the committee’s purpose
• Identify and monitor potential risks;
• Ensure achievement of outcomes;
• Communicate and socialize the work among VCH medical staff and others.

Click here for the steering committee's terms of reference.

Visit our Diversity and Inclusion Resources webpage for more information.