CHA Diversity Council

Closed, March 21st, 2019: CHA Cambridge Family Health & CHA Cambridge Family Health North will be closed this Thursday. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Diversity is not an afterthought at CHA - it's the building block of how we design programs and services. Our commitment to Inclusion, Equity and Excellence guide the decisions to address the needs of our patients and employees.

As a leader in Diversity among health care providers, we provide a welcoming environment and culturally competent patient care while being a model employer for diversity in the workplace. CHA’s focus on community-based, patient-centered care sets us apart and challenges us to focus on the needs of individuals with a deep understanding of their culture, language and preferences.

We welcome those who share this vision to join our patient services team and our multicultural teams who set the bar at CHA

We Sponsor ...

Black History Month CelebrationsBlack History Month Celebrations

In honor of Black History Month each February, we host a number of events and activities to celebrate African-American heritage and contributions of African Americans to the CHA community, including staff education, trivia contests, a lecture series and performances by local artists. Watch a dance performance from 2019.

ASL Nice To Meet YouInternational Deaf Awareness Week

We sponsor International Deaf Awareness Week each September with a series of events and activities to raise awareness about the special needs of our deaf patients, including Educational Kiosks, meet and greet with American Sign Language interpreters and a presentation on communication styles and the resources needed to provide fully accessible care.

Hispanic Heritage MonthNational Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), we host a series of events and activities to celebrate Hispanic heritage and the contributions of Latinos to the CHA community, including staff education, trivia contests, and a presentation on collaborative community building.

Focusing on Arab-American Health CareA Focus on Arab-American Health Care

We sponsor an annual event on health care for Arab American patients, with special presentations on the unique cultural characteristics and care preferences of this patient population group.

A place in the Pride ParadeParticipation in the Boston PRIDE Parade

We are a proud supporter of the Boston PRIDE parade, marching alongside members of the CHA LGBTQ employee affinity group to show support for those identifying as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Queer. We sponsor workforce education programs on LGBTQ health and patient rights.

Estelle Paris Advanced Nursing Practice ScholarshipEstelle Paris Advanced Nursing Practice Scholarship

In partnership with the Human Resources and Nursing Education departments, we facilitate a scholarship competition for CHA’s nurses. Scholarships are given in honor of Estelle Paris, RN-C, ANP, a former member of the Cambridge Health Alliance Board and a nurse practitioner who retired after more than twenty years of service in neighborhood health centers in Cambridge. Winners are selected on the basis of a strong academic record, financial need, community involvement, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the elimination of disparities in healthcare.

Helping disabled members of our community get hiredEmployment Now Initiative

We partner with Project SEARCH, a business-led internship program for individuals with disabilities designed to provide transferable job skills necessary to gain competitive employment in the community. Over the course of 10 months, rotate through three 10-week long internships within CHA, while participating in one hour of instruction on employ-ability skills led by The Carroll Center for the Blind staff. Job coaches are on site to provide support and guidance as the intern embarks on the new rotations. The sole definition of a successful outcome at the conclusion of the program is competitive employment in an integrated setting for each Project SEARCH inter including year-round work at least 20 hours per week at minimum wage or higher.

Speaking many languages across many culturesLinguistic and Cultural Education

In collaboration with Multicultural Affairs and Patient Services, we provide linguistic and cultural education for clinical and non-clinical staff upon request. In addition, we provide consultation to customer departments on a wide range of topics such as meaningful access to care, inclusion, equity, and racial relations.

We Are Committed To ...


  • Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care
  • Eliminate disparities in access, care, outcomes and satisfaction for our patients


  • Create welcoming environments for all patients/employees
  • Celebrate the diversity of our workforce
  • Recruit a workforce reflecting the communities we serve


  • Integrate diversity goals into our metrics
  • Develop diverse members on our boards – both Advisory and Trustees