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A nonprofit academic medical center established in 1883, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is one of the oldest and most esteemed pediatric hospitals in the United States.


Offering comprehensive clinical services that range from treatments for virtually unknown conditions to well-child care, CCHMC is the second largest employer in Cincinnati with more than 16,000 employees, and continually ranks in the top 5 pediatric hospitals in the nation.


Michael Fisher, President and CEO of Cincinnati Children’s states “It is our responsibility, individually and as a leader, to champion and advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in our country, our community and within Cincinnati Children’s. While we’ve made significant progress over the last several years, we have more work to do. I want every patient, family, employee and partner to feel respected, included, equal and “at home” in all their interactions with our organization. Together, we can bring true change for excellent and equitable health outcomes and in furthering our journey to create an inclusive culture that supports one another. It starts with each of us—committing to living our values and being accountable to address the gaps in diversity and inclusion. We’re on the right path, and I am confident that we will be even better in the future.”

CCHMC “Better Together” Initiative Team

“Better Together” Initiative Team

Enter “Better Together”, an initiative spearheaded by Visael “Bobby” Rodriguez, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Relations, to advance Cincinnati Children’s five-year strategic plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The thoughtful and innovative work done by the team behind Cincinnati Children’s Diversity and Inclusion Department in collaboration with numerous contributors within and outside of the organization will have far-reaching results, positively impacting patient care and health equity, employee relations, community health and engagement, multicultural communications, and supplier diversity. The Strategic Plan centers around four equally significant categories:

      • People (talent acquisition, talent development and retention, inclusion and belonging and data knowledge)
      • Cultural Competence (capabilities, environment, and infrastructure)
      • Equity and Health Excellence (health care and employee equity, safe and supported families)
        Community and Neighbors (community outreach, partnerships, and giving; supplier diversity, multicultural communications and engagement)

Nerissa Morris, the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer at Cincinnati Children’s explains, “Our Better Together learning experience is helping to give us a foundation to continue our journey toward greater Cultural Competence. Focusing largely on identifying and confronting our own biases, and promoting inclusion in all that we do, it is calling us to lean into topics that are not always easy or comfortable. I have been encouraged by the significant impact in individuals and teams as they have embraced this as an opportunity to grow. A more inclusive Cincinnati Children’s will be a better workplace where all employees can contribute, grow, and be true to themselves and our vision. Achieving these goals starts with a commitment from each and every team member.”


Dedicated to being best in class, all employees have committed to ending child health disparities, advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, standing against racism, creating an environment free of discrimination, and taking personal and institutional responsibility. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is walking the walk, uniting with its longstanding vision “to be the leader in improving health for all children.”



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