Creating a Culture of Inclusion

CentraCare understands how essential it is for all people to feel part of our community. We must trust each other. “When you have a workforce that reflects the communities you serve, you establish trust more quickly between caregivers, patients and family members,” said Lorraine Griffin Johnson, director of workplace and patient diversity for CentraCare.

Trust is something Mulki Habad, a respiratory therapist at CentraCare, felt right away when she moved to St. Cloud from Oakland, Calif. in 2016. Before relocating, Habad had only been to St. Cloud a handful of times to visit relatives who lived in the area. She was a bit apprehensive at first. But she soon came to appreciate a community that was more diverse than she remembered, and an employer who valued her skills and expertise as a caregiver.

“The thing I appreciate most is the fact I’m treated as a professional – I’m licensed, qualified to do the job and that’s what matters most,” said Habad. “I love working with my team. We hold each other to a higher standard and help each other meet that standard every day.”

CentraCare continues to build an inclusive environment — one that appreciates individual differences and is connected with diverse communities. Recently, the organization established several Employee Resource Groups that bring diverse populations together to share experiences and perspectives. “The first four Employee Resource Groups formed are specific for women, African-Americans, Latinos and our LGBTQ population,” said Griffin Johnson. “We plan to expand these groups this coming year by launching groups for veterans, working mothers and millennials.”

CentraCare was recognized for its efforts to support its workforce with a Minnesota Job Honor Award in 2017. The award showcased inspiring stories from CentraCare employees who immigrated to the area and who have made significant contributions to the organization. Click here to watch the video.

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