The IWK’s definition of diversity is very broad and refers to the ways we are unique and different from one another. Diversity can be both visible and invisible. Visible differences include characteristics such as race, age, ethnicity, physical appearance, speech patterns, dialect and gender. Invisible differences include differences that are not evident, such as sexual orientation, social class, religion, illness, national origin and occupation.
The IWK Health Centre is committed to providing culturally competent care. Culturally competent care requires a commitment from all health care providers to understand and be responsive to the different attitudes, values, languages and beliefs of our patients and their families based on their culture and lived experiences.Share