Ochsner Resource Groups: Taking Pride
in Who We Are
An important way Ochsner is advancing our evolution from a healthcare system to a system that delivers health is by building a strong community model in our organization — one that is based on diversity, social and economic equity, respect, and a sense of purpose and responsibility.
Eric Malamud, iO Innovation Fellow, presents at Ochsner’s first TEDx event.
Integral to that effort are our Ochsner Resource Groups (ORGs). Voluntary, employee-led groups that focus on the patient and employee experience, community outreach, mentoring, recruitment, and education, ORGs engaged more than 2,350 employees in 2019 who united around issues that matter to them.
At Ochsner, a strong commitment to service is fundamental. ABLE, our African American ORG, has been instrumental in community outreach efforts to the historic Shrewsbury neighborhood in Jefferson Parish. In 2019, to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., ABLE sponsored an MLK service day, providing an array of volunteer service opportunities for Ochsner employees across the region. Volunteers took part in tree planting in New Orleans, neighborhood beautification projects and mural painting in Baton Rouge, educational activities for children on the Northshore, and lending helping hands at food banks across several parishes. In addition, members of ABLE went to Haiti to deepen the connection that global health is local health.
Last year our Young Professionals ORG sponsored Ochsner’s first TEDx event, a platform for Ochsner employees to share their passions and ideas around the theme of transformation. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED Talk-like experience. Eleven Ochsner speakers were chosen for the inaugural event to highlight novel ideas, encourage deep contemplation and share inspiring stories. Attendees were challenged to embrace new opportunities for personal and career growth. Between TEDx Talks were performances by local talent, short videos to spark conversation and crowd energizers. The event sold out, but videos of the speakers were made available to the entire system to watch and earn Ochsner Leadership Institute (OLI) development credits.
Ochsner Pride, the LGBTQ resource group, focuses its efforts on educating health professionals about the health disparities that exist for the more than 20,000 older LGBTQ people living in the Greater New Orleans Area.
Last year our Young Professionals ORG sponsored Ochsner’s first TEDx event, a platform for Ochsner employees to share their passions and ideas around the theme of transformation.