Diversity and Inclusion at Clara Maass Medical Center


Diversity at Clara Maass brings together all backgrounds, beliefs and experiences to help advance the overall health of the people of New Jersey. We invite the synergy which results from honoring the contributions, insights and perspectives from people of all backgrounds and experiences. It is diversity that makes us better as we collaborate to challenge traditional methods and ideas of health care delivery.

Our goals for Diversity and Inclusion include:

  • To reduce and eliminate health disparities among our diverse patients and communities
  • To ensure equitable access for our patients and employees
  • To deliver culturally competent care and services—while increasing patient safety and patient satisfaction
  • To increase and leverage a broader range of competencies
  • To foster a culture of dignity, innovation and cultural effectiveness


Everyone Matters at Clara Maass Medical Center means that all people, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, or health care needs, have the right to be respected and appreciated. We celebrate and value the diversity of experiences, backgrounds and cultures which are reflected in our patients, community and workforce. Inclusion at Clara Maass Medical Center means that everyone belongs and is embraced for the unique experiences and perspectives they bring. By intentionally embracing an expansive set of attitudes, attributes, cultures and skills throughout our entire facility, we are creating a culture where everyone is valued and treated with respect and dignity. Inclusion is an important part of how we harness the power of diversity.


LGBTQ Health Equality Leader For 2024, Clara Maass Medical Center has been recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the country's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. The distinguished honor of being selected as a Healthcare Equality Leader was based on an annual comprehensive assessment identifying health care institutions that are leaders in efforts to offer equitable care to LGBTQ patients by evaluating inclusive policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors and employees.

LGBTQ Health Services

Business Resource Group (BRG)

At Clara Maass Medical Center, the PROUD Business Resource Group (BRG) is comprised of hospital employees, patients and community members assembled to provide strategic direction and oversight for LGBTQIA issues. Representatives participating on the PROUD BRG are cross-organizational to ensure a diverse array of team members inclusive of leadership, front-line employees, representatives from the community and patients who can offer insight to potential opportunities to expand and improve experience and services to employees, patients and the community.

Furthermore, PROUD serves as an advisory body to recommend support, services and insight to the hospital’s senior leadership to understand the complexities and nuances associated with diversity and to guide the priorities of all BRGs at Clara Maass Medical Center. The Council will advocate, inform, and monitor the hospital’s Diversity & Inclusion Plan as aligned with the Corporate Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s strategic pillars.

The goal of the PROUD BRG is to foster a safe, accepting, respectful, supportive, and inclusive gender loving workplace among the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allies. Our goal is to drive business performance, provide support and resources to patients, families, and the surrounding communities, and also to provide organization-wide educational programs and sensitivity training to address all LGBTQ needs. PROUD seeks to establish Clara Maass Medical Center as the center of academic excellence and quality in New Jersey that provides safe, friendly, and inclusive LGBTQ patient care — creating a strong reputation for Clara Maass Medical Center as an LGBTA-friendly hospital in New Jersey.

To learn more about initiatives at Clara Maass Medical Center that are focused on diversity and inclusion, read ‘They Rise, We Rise’ or contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 973-450-2555.

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Clara Maass Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer. M/F/Vet/Disability/LGBT

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