Diversity and Inclusion

At Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), creating a workforce reflective of our diverse patient population, as well as the communities we serve, is important to our mission to deliver culturally competent, family-centered care.

We believe that each employee brings a unique worldview that contributes to the high quality of patient care, research and education for which we’re renowned. We also believe that our differences help us to remain innovators at the forefront of pediatric care. Every employee at CHOP — whether performing direct patient care, conducting research, or providing clinical or administrative support — plays an essential part in ensuring our continued excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity and Non-discrimination

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment and need special assistance or an accommodation to use our website or to apply for a position, please contact the Human Resources Department. Please include “Disability Assistance” in the subject line.

The hospital is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, marital status, disability, victim of domestic or sexual violence status, covered veteran status, or other protected classifications to the extent required by applicable laws. The hospital will comply with federal, state and local laws and regulations governing employment practices.

Diversity Initiatives

At CHOP, we believe that diversity and inclusion are critical to the ideal patient experience, foundational to the success of workforce recruitment, retention and development, and imperative in addressing healthcare disparities in our community. Examples of some of the programs, initiatives and strategies that CHOP employs enterprise-wide in support of these beliefs include: 

Diversity Council

The CHOP Diversity Council provides oversight and support in the execution of the CHOP Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. Members are positioned to embed a culture of inclusion across the organization and work with leaders and employees within departments to support diversity objectives.

Cultural Awareness Council

The CHOP Cultural Awareness Council provides advisory and strategic guidance in the execution of various cultural awareness events, experiences and opportunities offered across the hospital to employees and patients/families.

Employee Resource Groups and Affinity Groups

These groups provide our employees with a sense of connection to the broader mission of the organization beyond their day-to-day tasks. Members provide each other with an enhanced sense of belonging by broadening access to personal and professional development and growth through mentoring, volunteerism and community involvement. Groups also provide opportunities that allow the voices of employees to be heard and the power of diverse thinking to influence the policies, protocols and practices that define the workplace. For more information about any of the below groups, please email diversityandinclusion@email.chop.edu.

  • All Abilities Resource Group — This group aims to develop and enhance CHOP’s workplace diversity efforts by expanding the visibility of people with disabilities in the workplace, and offering recommendations for adequate accommodations and resources available for employees and families throughout the organization.
  • LGBTQ+ Pride  — This group works to foster a positive work environment that supports employees, patients, and patient families identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) and our allies (non-LGBT advocates).
  • Multicultural Professionals Network — This diverse group of employees — representing multiple racial, cultural and ethnic groups — seeks to continue their career development, provide outreach within the community, and foster a positive work environment that supports employees, patients and patient families of all ethnicities.
  • Young Professional Network — This group focuses on generational diversity in the workplace, networking, professional development, and engagement of early career professionals at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the CHOP Research Institute and associated networks.
  • U.S. Military — This group aims to create a comfort zone for military and veteran employees by providing networking, helping with integration into the civilian workforce and advocating for more inclusion. 
  • iSTEM — This group focuses on inclusion in the biomedical science, technology, engineering and math workforce, and works to engage employees and serves the patient population by addressing disparities.
  • WOMEN — This group works to support women in their career growth and provides resources for women in order to maximize work/life balance.
  • Multicultural Physician’s Alliance — This group is composed of ethnic minority residents, fellows and attending physicians whose interest is to maintain and expand the diversity of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's medical staff. The MPA is composed of more than 40 physicians who meet several times a year to organize activities for recruitment and to provide a supportive social network for its members. Through the support of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pediatric Residency Program and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this unique organization has become an integral part of the CHOP community.

Veterans and Individuals With Disabilities

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to being an employer of choice. In doing so, CHOP seeks to develop and nurture its diversity and believes that diversity among its workforce strengthens the organization, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches the work lives of all employees. CHOP is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to persons of all abilities, including persons with disabilities. CHOP is also proud to employ active-duty military and veterans; leverage your military background, skills and experiences to launch a CHOP career.

Diversity Awareness, Education and Programs

At CHOP, increasing staff capability to work with one another and our diverse patients and families happens in a variety of ways. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion partners across the hospital to provide diversity, inclusion and cultural competence education through broad offerings both in person and online. Diversity, Inclusion and Cultural Competence is also a CHOP Leadership Competency. We apply this standard not only in rating a leader’s performance, but at all phases of the annual performance cycle — and at all phases of a leader’s career. We also collaborate on key events to bring our workforce into our surrounding community, including the annual MLK Day of Service and ADL’s Walk Against Hate. For more information about our diversity awareness and education programs, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. 

Supplier Diversity

CHOP is committed to providing opportunities to small, disadvantaged businesses, women and minority-owned, LGBTQ-owned, veteran-owned and small businesses located in historically underutilized business zones. CHOP encourages all small, local, diverse and disadvantaged businesses to register on our online bidding system to be made aware of all large order or term contract bids that are available via Supply Chain.