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Diversity and Inclusion

HSS is committed to providing high-quality care and skilled, compassionate, reliable service to our community in a safe and healing environment. Consistent with this commitment, HSS admits and treats patients, and provides all care and services without regard to age, race, color, creed, ethnicity, religion, national origin, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, veteran or military status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law or by accreditation standards.

HSS Honors  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 16, 2023

On this day we celebrate the birth, life and leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his significant contributions to nonviolent activism and the American Civil Rights Movement. A prominent leader and advocate for racial equity, Dr. King became the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize at 35 years old in 1964. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service. This year’s theme for Martin Luther King, Jr., National Day of Service is United We Serve. In the spirit of Dr. King, it is a time to promote equal rights for all and unite and strengthen our communities through service.

Everyone can be great, because anybody can serve. - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are some virtual opportunities you can participate in to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King as a “day on, not off”:

  • Learn more about Dr. King’s life and legacy. Visit The King Center to read more about his leadership and achievements. Listen to the World House Podcast provided by The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute at Stanford University.
  • Tune in to a 1-hour tribute on PBS. A statewide broadcast event, "New York State Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Paths to Change” is airing throughout New York beginning Sunday, January 15th. Check your local listing and watch the program here.
  • Learn about MLK Day of Service. Read more about MLK Day of Service and make time to engage with your community. Search the AmeriCorps volunteer database for opportunities nearest you.
  • Check out NY opportunities to volunteer and celebrate Dr. King. Several opportunities are available through Volunteer New York. There are many ways to serve!
  • Help care for our parks across NYC. In honor of MLK Day of Service, NYC Parks is hosting several volunteer events to help clean up parks in all 5 boroughs.
  • Join the annual MLK Serve-a-thon. Hunger Free America is hosting their 2023 MLK Serve-a-thon from January 12-16th. Browse the several in-person and virtual opportunities available throughout the US that weekend.

Our Initiatives and Ongoing Education

HSS strives to deliver optimal care and services to all of our patients by adopting initiatives, behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enhance cultural humility and inclusion while serving a multicultural population. We believe that healthcare services that are respectful of and responsive to health beliefs, practices, and cultural and linguistic needs of diverse patients help to foster positive health outcomes.

Healthcare Equality Index - LGBTQ LeaderHSS has been recognized as a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization in the US. Consistent with our mission of providing the highest quality care for all, this recognition is a testament to our collective effort to raise awareness, provide training and implement best practices around caring for LGBTQ+ community and fostering inclusivity. Read our LGBTQ Committee Mission Statement.

HSS marching at Gay Pride Parade 2018
HSS is a proud bronze sponsor of NYC Pride 2021.


Current educational initiatives

If you have any questions regarding community engagement and diversity initiatives please contact us.