The healthcare industry encompasses a large and diverse workforce with many skills, roles, and practice settings. As our effort builds, we are mindful of supporting all those who are vulnerable to bias, harassment, and discrimination, whether due to gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, country of origin, disability, or any other factor.
- Unite healthcare workers across fields. The problems of gender inequity and sexual harassment affect all workers who provide health care. TIME'S UP Healthcare aims to engage and support organizations and individuals at every level of health care delivery.
- Improve care for targets of harassment and inequity. Highlight the physical and mental health sequelae of workplace harassment and identify ways to provide access to resources for employees affected by it.
- Raise awareness and knowledge. Provide visibility to persistent gender inequities and harassment in health care through data and through narratives. We will also provide educational materials for training those in health care on how to combat gender inequity and sexual harassment.
- Support healthcare organizations in making this issue central and visible. Invite major healthcare organizations across the country to make an open and sustained commitment to ending gender inequity and sexual harassment.
- Provide a link to the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund. Strengthen the ability of limited-resource and low-income workers to obtain legal aid through the TIME'S UP Legal Defense Fund.
- Advocate for meaningful standards. Advocate for standards for policies, practices, and outcomes that ensure organizations are effective in preventing and responding to gender inequity and sexual harassment.
- Advance research on harassment and inequity. Serve as a repository for existing research on gender inequity and sexual harassment in the healthcare industry and identify and highlight critical gaps in the literature.
When referring to sexual harassment, we will consider the complete definition that includes a range of verbal and nonverbal behaviors that convey coercion, hostility, intimidation, objectification, exclusion, or behaviors or structures that convey or enforce the second-class status of women.
A safe, equitable, and dignified workforce will promote high-quality patient care.