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5850/5980 University Ave., Halifax, NS B3K 6R8

IWK Position Statement on Diversity, Inclusion and Culturally Competent Care

The IWK Health Centre is committed to providing culturally competent care. Cultural competence recognizes and respects the cultural and personal values of patients, families, staff and all those who interact with the Health Centre.

The IWK is committed to creating a welcoming and inclusive environment where diversity is respected, embraced and valued in all that we say and do.

This involves:

  • creating an environment within the Health Centre that is safe, welcoming and inclusive of all persons;
  • valuing and respecting a person’s own definition of family;
  • developing a workforce that reflects the communities we serve;
  • providing ongoing education to our staff, physicians and volunteers to increase cultural competence; and
  • ensuring quality care in an approach that is inclusive, collaborative and respectful.

The IWK is committed to working with our diverse communities and ensuring the inclusion of all.