UPMC Councils, Committees, and Employee Resource Groups

The UPMC Center for Engagement and Inclusion brings together and collaborates with a number of councils and committees. These groups are instrumental to our success at UPMC and in the communities we serve.

We're working with our partners, both within UPMC and the community, to make sure that inclusion is at the core of what we do every day.

Council Name​ ​Participants ​Roles
​UPMC Board of Directors

​A broad cross-section of the communities and constituencies we serve:

  • One-third of the directors are appointed by the University of Pittsburgh
  • One-third of the directors are individuals elected from the community at-large
  • One-third of the directors are individuals appointed by, or historically involved in, the governance of UPMC's hospitals
​Implement best in-class corporate governance practices and transparency standards.
UPMC ​Board of Inclusion and Diversity Committee ​Members of the UPMC Board and the Greater Pittsburgh community

​Drives accountability within UPMC regarding diversity and inclusion.

Provides oversight of UPMC leadership and the Center for Engagement and Inclusion on strategies and initiatives.

Gives quarterly feedback on UPMC progress in these areas.

​UPMC Hamot Board of Inclusion and Diversity Committee ​Members of UPMC Hamot Board, employees, and the Erie community

​Drives accountability within UPMC regarding diversity and inclusion.  

Provides oversight of UPMC leadership and the Center for Engagement and Inclusion on strategies and initiatives.

Gives quarterly feedback on UPMC progress in these areas.

​C.H.R.I.S. Community Health Partnership ​UPMC executives, managers, employees, and communities we serve

​Increase the understanding and practice of cultural competency, and improve health literacy.

Understand and address policies and practices that UPMC can implement to affect services and outcomes.

​Community and Patient Relations Council ​Community organizations throughout UPMC's service areas and UPMC Community and Patient Relations staff members

​Discusses the patient care needs of communities in UPMC's service areas.

Offers feedback on how UPMC can be more inclusive of those needs.

​Dignity & Respect Councils
  • Greater Pittsburgh
  • Erie
​Educational institutions, corporations, and community organizations around the country

​Partners with UPMC to develop Dignity & Respect initiatives.

Deploys activities, particularly during Dignity & Respect Month in January, and throughout the year.

​Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) Advisory Council ​UPMC departments, University of Pittsburgh faculty and staff, and community organizations and advocates

​Discusses the patient care needs of individuals and communities with disabilities.

Reviews strategies and actions of DRC for improving care and offers suggestions.

Provides resources to the DRC and to UPMC as a whole.

​Healthy Communities 365 Councils
  • Hill District
  • Pittsburgh
  • Erie
​A consortium of community organizations, committed to treating each other with dignity and respect, and building healthy communities 365 days a year

​Encourages our neighbors to participate in available health services and programs throughout the year, in order to live the best life possible.

Focus on five areas of health: physical & nutritional health, mental and emotional health, spiritual health, environmental health, and financial health.

​Minority Business Development Council ​Minority, women-owned, and/or disadvantaged businesses (MWDBEs) that are part of the UPMC Supplier Diversity Program

​Provides MWDBEs opportunities to grow through access to:

  • Training
  • Education
  • Mentoring
  • Networking

Employee Resource Groups

The voice of our employee base is critical to UPMC’s overall mission. For that reason, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) focus on contributing to the business strategies and objectives that help drive inclusion for the diverse employees, patients, health plan members, customers, and communities we serve.

ERGs support the employee experience by offering networking and development opportunities, supporting the recruitment of diverse talent, and promoting employee volunteerism in diverse communities. Our relationship with Vibrant Pittsburgh has proven to be a great connection for employees new to our region, and offers resources for community engagement opportunities for our resource groups.

Our ERGs include:

  • DLN (Diversity Leadership Network)
  • Minority Residents and Fellows Group
  • Nursing Inclusion Council
  • PICUP (Physician Inclusion Council at UPMC/PITT)
  • PRIDE Health (Promoting Research, Inclusion, Diversity, and Education in the Health Sciences)

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