Our health system continues our dedication to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion by partnering with leading organizations on Disability Employment Awareness initiatives.
These collaborations signify a pivotal step in fostering a more inclusive workforce within the healthcare sector.
In an effort to provide individuals with developmental delays and cognitive differences with greater opportunities in the workforce, our health system has created strategic partnerships with the following organizations:
- Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) Program for Successful Employment
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL) Life Program
- ARCO Customized Employment
- GB Cooley Life Services
These collaborations transcend conventional employment approaches, aiming to empower individuals by tailoring roles to their unique abilities and fostering an environment where diverse strengths are celebrated.
“We’re dedicated to not only advocating for equal opportunities but also actively creating an environment where everyone feels valued and respected,” says Tina Schaffer, FMOLHS Vice President of Talent Strategy and Chief Diversity Officer. “Our commitment to embracing diverse talents isn’t just a statement; it’s a testament to our belief that every individual, regardless of ability, enriches the fabric of our organization.”
The success stories emerging from these partnerships highlight the impact of inclusivity within the FMOLHS workforce. Individuals are thriving in roles that leverage their unique strengths, underscoring the transformative potential of tailored employment opportunities, from patient care to administrative functions and facility maintenance.
“I am very thankful for the opportunities that have been given to me,” says Jack Mays, mail clerk at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. “I like having a purpose and I like telling people that I have a job.”
Through these collaborations, FMOLHS aims to redefine Disability Employment Awareness, showcasing tangible outcomes that highlight the advantages of inclusive workplaces.