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  • Investing in People

    We believe it is important to provide job opportunities for residents of the neighborhoods surrounding our hospitals. Since 1998, we have increased the number of racial and ethnic minorities in our workforce by 161 percent. Lifespan’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is deeply rooted in our guiding values of respect and fairness.

    Stepping Up

    Lifespan created the Stepping Up program in the fall of 2007 to help community residents (especially residents of South Providence) gain the education and skills needed for job opportunities in health care through classroom training, internships and career counseling. The Stepping Up program also helps entry-level employees at Lifespan facilities gain the training and education necessary to advance their careers. The program is a partnership among Rhode Island Hospital, the United Nurses and Allied Professionals labor union, and Women & Infants Hospital.

    Sherri Garcia, a participant in the Lifespan Youth Program, describes her experiences.
    To date, we have served 380 community residents. After participating in Stepping Up, 70 percent became employed, as opposed to just 31 percent who were employed prior to participation. In addition, 217 Lifespan entry-level employees have participated in the Stepping Up program and 93 percent of these employees are enrolled in post-secondary education as they work to advance their careers at Lifespan.

    Youth Development

    Our youth development program began in the early 1970’s. In the last nine years, we have provided 566 youth—the vast majority of whom are students in the Providence public school system—with paid summer employment. While many of these youth pursue post-secondary education, we have hired 34 percent of our summer youth into permanent jobs.