TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Released today in partnership with Mount
Sinai Hospital, the eighth DiverseCity Counts report looks at the
diversity of the GTA's health care leaders (http://diversecitytoronto.ca/counts). While past Counts reports have focused solely on visible minorities,
"A Snapshot of Diverse Leadership in the Health Care Sector" broadens
the scope of diversity to include sex/gender identity, visible
minorities, disability, and sexual orientation.
"It matters that leaders in the health care sector are diverse," says
report author Dr. Samir Sinha, Director of Geriatrics, Mount Sinai
Hospital and the University Health Network Hospitals. "Senior
management teams and governance boards in health care institutions play
a critical role in setting mandates and priorities, and shaping
services to help meet the needs of patients and employees. It is this
leadership, for example, that has the influence and authority to
recognize and acknowledge needs, approve systemic changes, and
prioritize and commit the resources necessary to respond."
Key findings are:
Women are well represented in leadership - Women make up the majority (61%) of senior management teams, and 40%
of governance board members.
Visible minorities are under-represented, but this varies widely between
institutions - Only 16% of senior management and 14% of board members were reported
as visible minorities. Four in ten institutions reported no visible
minorities in senior management, as did nearly one-fifth of boards.
Few people with a disability in leadership - Across the health care sector, in senior management and on boards,
only 1% of leadership was reported to be people with a disability.
Few lesbian, gay, bisexual or queer (LGBQ) individuals in leadership,
with a few exceptions - About 3-4% of leadership were reported as LGBQ individuals, though
this includes a few institutions that reported many individuals, and a
majority of institutions that reported none.
"In Canada, we place an enormous trust in our health care system," says
Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree, and Co-chair of DiverseCity. "But
with this trust comes responsibility. The responsibility to recognize
the needs of and serve all patients equitably and respectfully. The
responsibility to reflect the community throughout the ranks of the
institution. The responsibility to include the community in
decision-making and governance. That is why we call for diverse
leadership in all of our institutions."
This latest DiverseCity Counts report is only a snapshot and does not
examine all of the efforts or progress made by the health care sector
to diversify their leadership.
"We know that leading health care institutions are committed to
diversity in leadership and are taking action to make it happen," says
John Tory, Chair of CivicAction and Co-Chair of DiverseCity. "However,
in the health care sector overall, it is safe to say that more work
remains to be done."
DiverseCity Counts is an initiative of DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto
Leadership Project, a project of Maytree and the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
(CivicAction), funded in part by the government of Ontario. Since 2009,
the DiverseCity Counts reports have analyzed visible minority
representation in leadership across the GTA. www.diversecitytoronto.ca.
SOURCE: Maytree Foundation
For further information:
Markus Stadelmann-Elder, Director, Communications, Maytree, 416-944-2627 x284 (cell: 416-271-5654), email@example.com