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February 21, 2024 (Cleveland, OH)

The Center for Health Affairs & CHAMPS Named an Inclusive Workplace

The Center for Health Affairs is thrilled to announce it has once again been recognized as an Inclusive Workplace by Best Companies Group, a workplace culture and employee engagement expert, and COLOR Magazine, a leader in corporate inclusivity.

“At The Center, we don’t see inclusion as simply a goal; it is the essence of our identity, fostering a sense of belonging, promoting open dialogue and fearlessly challenging biases,” said The Center’s Chief Operating Officer Mario Franco. “It’s an honor to be recognized for the second year in a row as an inclusive workplace. This award highlights our continued commitment to being a workplace known for inclusion, diversity and equity.”

According to Best Companies Group, recipients of the Inclusive Workplace recognition have shown significant commitment to ensuring all their employees feel included, heard, and valued while serving as beacons of inclusive culture within their respective industries.

“Every policy we craft, every note of our immersive diversity training, and every conversation held within our walls is a testament to our commitment to equality,” said The Center’s People Officer Lesley Forneris. “We're curating a kaleidoscope of diversity, where collaboration is an art, innovation is the masterpiece, and unity is the enduring legacy.”

The Inclusive Workplace recognition is based on employee feedback gathered from a thorough and independent survey that gauges employees’ perceptions of workplace inclusion and belonging. Companies are evaluated based on their survey results and only those that earn a high score are eligible for this prestigious recognition.

"This program highlights the real strides companies are making in cultivating inclusive cultures that help all employees feel valued and engaged," said Jaime Raul Zepeda, executive vice president of Best Companies Group. "These companies serve as an inspiring example of what it truly means to create a workplace where everyone feels like they belong and can bring their full selves to work. Their commitment and their actions are paving the way for a better and more inclusive future."

One of only 52 companies to receive this special designation — and one of only three in Ohio — The Center for Health Affairs and CHAMPS continue to be champions of inclusion by focusing on the individual needs of their workforce when planning initiatives, making time for cross-cultural discussions and creating a safe environment for their entire workforce.

The Inclusive Workplace recognition is only available to companies that allow Best Companies Group to survey their employees and tabulate their results.