Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Care New England

Our Statement of Diversity

We firmly believe in treating all people with dignity and respect, which is one of CNE’s core values. Diversity refers to all differences between people. This includes, but is not limited to: gender, race, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religious beliefs or spirituality, national origin, ethnicity, physical ability, cognitive ability, medical condition or reproductive and behavioral health.


We further believe in treating such individuals with dignity and respect regardless of their geographic or socioeconomic background, political affiliation, culture, title and practice area, communication and learning style, or any other real or perceived differences.


Our Why

We have established an environment that puts diversity, equity and inclusion at the center of our work, and informs how we both approach and treat all our patients and families. From regular review of best practices and models of care, to leveraging consistent feedback and input from our patients and staff, Care New England prioritizes the highest quality of care and with the utmost level of dignity and respect for all of our patients—regardless of who they are, or where they live.

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See our DEI Signature Presentation.



Our Movement

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council’s have been established at each one of our operating units with the goal of creating safe spaces for employees to exchange ideas and address concerns to improve both employee and patient outcomes centered around diversity, equity, and inclusionary practices. These councils work to establish a framework of activity for their participants that center around addressing equitable solutions that reach across a broad spectrum of activities in order to make an impact.

Each council relies on it’s members participation of thoughtful dialogue and meaningful takeaways to create long lasting change for next and best practices within the organization and the communities we serve, implemented through regular meetings, continuous conversations, and meaningful interactions with leadership in order to create change.


DEI Councils



Council Members

Care New England


Areas of Focus

Care New England has 8 DEI Councils - each with 4 areas of focus.


Education, Training,
& Research

Identification of possible training and professional development opportunities for staff.

Community Partnerships

Identification of opportunities for events and collaborations with community-based organizations (CBOs), businesses, educational institutions, and other OUs across CNE.

Policies & Procedures

Regular review, identification, and implementation of hospital policies and procedures with an intentional focus on eliminating systemic barriers to provide fair and equitable care and experiences for all patients.

Meeting Spot

Meeting spot to share ideas, to grapple with current events, and also plan events and occasions (both internal and in the public).

Our Community in Action

929 Mindful Moments

George Floyd’s life was taken senselessly, but his tragic murder has helped the world, the United States, and our community at Care New England raise our awareness and consciousness about the insidiousness of racism and the depth and trauma that it inflicts on black and brown people every day.
Our Community in Action

Unconscious Bias Training

Unconscious bias trainings have been implemented across Care New England and are available to all staff. These trainings help us understand and recognize the ways in which unconscious bias manifests itself in the workplace and beyond. These trainings are eligible for continuing education credits.

Our Community in Action

DEI Summit

Our first DEI Summit highlighted the diversity initiatives across Care New England & within the community. We have worked hard to establish an environment that puts diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center of our work. We prioritize the highest quality of care and with the utmost level of dignity and respect for all of our patients—regardless of who they are, or where they live.
Our Community in Action

International Women's Day

Care New England celebrated International Women's Day by bringing our four women presidents to the forefront. We heard from each of them as they discussed leadership, gender bias at work, mentorship, and work-life balance. As an organization we made the pledge to #ChooseToChallenge inequality, stereotypes, and gender biases!

One For Me, Love For You: Clothing Drive

Many children in our community don’t have the clothing they need to feel confident and ready to learn at school. Research shows that many children that go to school without adequate clothing and shoes experience low self-esteem, poor social skills, and lack of concentration in school. Care New England has partnered with Clothes to Kids RI (a 501c3 non-profit) to collect gently used clothing for Providence county K-12 students in need.



Meet Our Chief Diversity Officer

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Dr. Kevin Martins, Ed.D.

Chief Diversity Officer of Care New England

Dr. Martins is a strategic leader with more than 15 years of progressive experience in higher education. Before joining Care New England, Martins was the associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Bryant University. At Bryant University, Martins also served as Chair of the President’s Council for Inclusive Excellence.
Martins earned his Bachelor's and Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Rhode Island. He earned his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Johnson & Wales University.