Some exciting new ways we are seeing equity show up at ZSFG is through programs that focus on the heart and soul of ZSFG – staff.
This year, ZSFG’s Director of Equity and Wellness, Anh Thang Dao-Shahhas ben creating programming that gives staff a voice in hospital decisions, shares information widely, and provides a space to learn.
And thanks to a 2019 Hearts Grant, this has also meant that these messages reach not only 9-5 staff, but also those who work the night shift. Her team worked to create a series of workshops that would give those working overnights the chance to participate in a new series of Equity Pop-Ups – focused on issues like hospital safety and diversity.
The necessary shift to a virtual format has proven to be key to its success. With a broad audience with very different roles throughout the hospital, the online format has allowed more members of the ZSFG community to join.
At the most recent Zoom meeting, with facilitator Jasmine Bellow, a group of ZSFG team members watched a short video and discussed how race influences health care and health disparities. As night shift workers, many of the participating staff member are rarely able to join in these important discussions that build community at ZSFG.
Other wellness initiatives for staff have also joined the online platform. Weekly Zumba classes and yoga classes are now more accessible to staff who normally are not on campus to join in on employee self-care initiatives.