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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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In 2023, UHS embarked on a journey to deepen our commitment to equity through the establishment of the Health Equity Committee. This initiative underscores our organization's dedication to inclusivity and fairness for all members of our community.

Diversity & Inclusion

UHS provides an inclusive environment where all are welcomed and cared for. Through the multi-disciplinary Health Equity Committee at UHS, it is our goal to incorporate our Values into diversity and inclusion. 

  • Compassion
  • Trust 
  • Respect 
  • Teamwork 
  • Innovation

UHS continues to look for and identify ways to improve inclusivity with new opportunities for employees, patients and visitors in order to best identify and address all needs. 

It is the policy of UHS to provide equal employment and care to all persons without regard to race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, military status or genetic predisposition or carrier status, or any other basis that would be in violation of Federal, New York State or local law. 

Through exploring data, UHS identifies trends and works within our organization and with community partners, UHS strives to address health disparities to help all those we serve reach their highest level of health and well-being.


UHS is committed to advancing health equity throughout our service area in order to create a culture rooted in belonging and helping each patient to reach their highest level of health. Focusing on the Health Equity Measures and Standards listed below, UHS promotes inclusivity, a welcoming environment, and is steadfastly dedicated to assessing and addressing community needs. 

  • Collection of patient demographic data
  • Community partnerships
  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate care and services
  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate conflict and grievance resolution
  • Designated individual leads health equity activities
  • Engagement of hospital leadership
  • Health equity plan
  • Healthcare disparities reduction
  • Interventions for patients for health related social needs
  • Language assistance
  • Public reporting about health equity
  • Screening patients for health related social needs
  • Stratification of quality measures by patient demographic data
  • Training of providers and staff
  • Workforce diversity

These standards are met through the work of wellness groups and committees at UHS. To learn more about additional equity initiatives at UHS, visit the "Social Determinants of Health and Equity Initiatives" tab below. 

To contact our Health Equity Committee, please send an email to health.equity@nyuhs.org.

Social Determinants of Health and Equity Initiatives

Health equity can be achieved when no one is disadvantaged due to a social position or other socially-determined circumstance. 

Equity initiatives at UHS consist of a variety of programs based on certain individuals who experience specific disparities. 

Social Determinants of Health are the conditions in the environment where people are born, work, live, play, worship, and age that affect a wide range of health, functioning, and quality of life outcomes and risks. 

These factors include (but are not limited to):

  • Economic Stability 
  • Education Level 
  • Social Connections 
  • Food Security
  • Stress
  • Transportation Needs 
  • Housing Stability 
  • Resources Needed

UHS strives to provide support to our patients for all of clinical and social health needs. This is accomplished by referring patients to community resources, internal programs and services provided by our own organization.

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Mental Health 

  • Mobile Crisis Service (makes visits to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis)
  • Mental Health Hotline 

Addiction Services

Local Food Pantries 


To view a list of all Emergency & Community Resources in Broome County, click here.