This workgroup strives to increase a diversified workforce to support economic opportunities for racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities and all populations in NH.

Over the past year, the WDWG has focused on conducting a qualitative assessment of NH employer perspectives on workforce diversity.

Work group members identified almost 40 organizations of potential interest from multiple sectors and conducted over 20 interviews. The findings will inform the development of NH-tailored marketing materials that will highlight the benefits of increasing diversity in the workplace.

In January 2018, the WDWG welcomed Shawn Barry (Refugee Program Specialist in the Office of Health Equity) as the new Co-Chair to Bobbie Bagley (Director, Division of Public Health and Community Services in Nashua).

Activities this year include collaboration on the Diversity Workforce Coalition (DWC)’s Second Annual Diversity Workforce Splash Event “Building Inclusion in Today’s Organizations” which will take place on April 12, 2018 at the Puritan Backroom Conference Center in Manchester. The WDWG will present a breakout session entitled “Workforce Diversity Resources: Utilizing the Culturally Effective Organizations Online ToolKit” (which was created by H&EP partners, Manchester Community Health Center and Southern NH AHEC with support from the H&EP Culturally Effective Organizations Work Group).

WDWG members also aim to identify NH Businesses that are demonstrating successful diverse hiring, retention, promotion, and advancement outcomes and creating inclusive and supportive company cultures to recognize them as workforce diversity champions.

Join us! WDWG meets the afternoon of the first Wednesday of the month at the Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord from 1-3pm with a call-in option available. For further information contact either of the work group co-chairs, Bobbie Bagley or Shawn Barry.