The imperative As the country struggles to dismantle systemic inequities and racism, Hazelden Betty Ford stands with people of color and all who are working to achieve change, including our friends and partners providing hope and healing in the heart of our most diverse communities. We are committed to listening, learning and helping more—and engaging in the important work that lies ahead. Our collective ability to meet the challenges of today and thrive in the future is directly connected to having a diverse workforce, an inclusive culture, a strong presence in diverse communities, and the provision of culturally responsive care. To that end, in early 2019, the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation embarked on a strategic and sustainable journey for change in procedures, decision-making processes and the allocation of resources. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement We are an inclusive organization that honors, serves and advocates for people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, reflecting and embracing differences. Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Definitions Diversity embraces our individual differences across all facets of life and lived experience. Equity establishes and ensures accountability to policies and practices that give access, opportunity and advancement, while striving to identify and eliminate systemic barriers that prevent the full participation of individuals and communities that have been marginalized and underrepresented. Inclusion intentionally fosters an environment so any individual or group is and feels welcomed, respected, supported, and valued. What we are doing to affect long-term, sustainable change While the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation has many areas of strength, our seven-decades-old organization has much work to do to truly serve all who are affected by substance use disorder and to eliminate disparities in access to treatment. The following focus areas and goals will guide our transformation to meet the challenges of today and the days ahead. Inclusive Culture Build a culturally competent organization Develop an infrastructure that creates and reinforces an inclusive culture Ensure fair and equitable treatment of everyone Diverse Workforce Increase the diversity of our workforce at all levels Recruit and retain employees from underrepresented populations Patients, Families and Students Increase the diverse customer, patient, family and student populations that we reach and serve Increase staff and student clinical cultural responsiveness Community Improve and broaden access to underrepresented communities Establish and consistently utilize a framework for employees to provide feedback on community outreach efforts and impact Drive acquisition and partnership with other health care organizations focused on improving access to quality care and resources for marginalized and underrepresented individuals and communities If you have questions about diversity, equity and inclusion at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, please reach out to us at DEI@HazeldenBettyFord.org.