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For Immediate Release: October 30, 2013

Steve Robbins endorses inclusion at AtlantiCare event

Employee Resource Groups celebrate diversity

Keynote speaker Steve L. Robbins, PhD, addressed guests at AtlantiCare’s Second Annual Strength in Diversity Multi-Community Event, held October 22 at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, on the topic of diversity and inclusion. “Diversity is any time you have more than one person in the room. This places emphasis on our unique experiences in life,” he said, later adding that more problems are solved – and solved better – “when you have diverse ideas around the table.” Robbins challenged the crowd to foster inclusive and socially safe environments by approaching others with open-mindedness.

Guests, including AtlantiCare physicians and employees and Stockton faculty, staff and students, were treated to an hors d’oeuvres bar featuring food from different cultures and a musical performance by the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus. The evening was sponsored by AtlantiCare’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), which help support the mission of the Diversity & Disparities Council by educating staff about the culture/community; celebrating community/ cultural holidays and events; representing AtlantiCare at community/cultural events; enhancing recruitment efforts; and identifying top health concerns and developing ideas for addressing these concerns.

AtlantiCare’s ERGs made donations to community groups that further the goals of AtlantiCare’s Diversity and Disparities Council.

AtlantiCare Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA), in conjunction with the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes, presented the Oasis United Methodist Church with an automated external defibrillator (AED). Luz Teresa Rivera Young, lay leader, Oasis United Methodist Church, of Mays Landing, accepted the AED on behalf of the church. Oasis is one of AtlantiCare’s Partners in Faith, a health resource program that promotes health and wellness through local faith congregations.

The Heritage of SOUL group (HOS) presented a $500 donation to AtlantiCare Pharmacy. Diabetes disproportionately affects black Americans, says Renee Myers, MSN, RN, clinical education coordinator, AtlantiCare, and HOS chair, so the donation will be used in support of AtlantiCare’s Insulin Support Program.
 
Jennifer Serback, emergency room care manager, ARMC, and her husband Romeo Serback, of Egg Harbor Township, presented AtlantiCare’s HONORS ERG with two awards: the 99th Regional South Commande Employee Recognition Award, and the 77th Sustainment Brigade Challenge Coin, with appreciation for AtlantiCare’s support of the army, its soldiers, and military spouses. Serback’s husband was deployed to Iraq with Operation New Dawn January – December 2011 with the 77th Sustainment Brigade from Fort Dix, NJ.

Richard Gulite, applications system analyst, AtlantiCare Information Technology Health Information Exchange, was recognized as the first AtlantiCare Diversity Award recipient for bridging the gap in diversity through outstanding work in the community, including volunteering with the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance and the South Jersey AIDS Alliance.

1 Steve Robbins lecturesInspirational speaker Steve L. Robbins, PhD, of S.L. Robbins & Associates gave an engaging talk on “Diversity, Inclusion and the Power of Caring” October 22 at Stockton College. He addressed healthcare workers and college students alike in his challenge to foster open-mindedness and create socially inclusive environments.

2 Asian Pacific flagsAtlantiCare’s Asian Pacific Employee Resource Group (ERG) displayed flags of all the nationalities represented in the group.

3 Crowd at Diversity EventMore than 165 ERG members, AtlantiCare physicians and staff, Stockton faculty, students and staff and members of the community attended AtlantiCare’s Second Annual Strength in Diversity Multi-Community Event, held October 22 at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

4 Kurk Elsey at PRIDE tableKurk Elsey, radiology diagnostic technician, AtlantiCare, mans the PRIDE ERG table at the Second Annual Strength in Diversity Multi-Community Event. Members of AtlantiCare’s Employee Resource Groups hosted the event to celebrate diversity at AtlantiCare.

5 hors doeuvres bar sushiAttendees at AtlantiCare’s Strength in Diversity Multi-Community Event enjoyed an hors d’oeuvres bar featuring food from different cultures. Sushi and sashimi were among the offerings.

6 Steve Robbins with Stockon studentsSteve Robbins, keynote speaker, talks with Stockton students after his lecture. Attendees at the event received a copy of Robbins’s book, What if? Short Stories to Spark Diversity Dialogue.

7 Phildelphia Gay Mens ChorusPhiladelphia Gay Man’s Chorus performed three musical selections, including “I Am That Man” and “Turn the World Around.”

8 ALMA presents AED to Oasis churchAtlantiCare Latinos Moving Ahead (ALMA), in conjunction with the AtlantiCare Heart Heroes, presented the Oasis United Methodist Church with an automated external defibrillator (AED). The church is an active part of its community, offering food distribution through its food bank; English as a Second Language and citizenship courses to community members, and a back-to-school health fair, among other events.

About AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Disparities Council
AtlantiCare’s Diversity & Disparities Council, which includes physicians, staff and leadership from throughout AtlantiCare, established employee resource groups (ERGs). The ERGs help support the mission of the Diversity & Disparities Council by educating staff about the culture/community; celebrating community/cultural holidays and events; representing AtlantiCare at community/cultural events; enhancing recruitment efforts; and identifying top health concerns and developing ideas for addressing these concerns. AtlantiCare ERG groups include African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Hispanic Americans, LGBT and Military.

For more information or to find an AtlantiCare physician or provider, call the AtlantiCare Access Center at 1-888-569-1000, visit www.atlanticare.org or find AtlantiCare on Facebook at www.facebook.com/atlanticare.

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