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British Heart Foundation launches Equality Diversity and Inclusion strategy

British Heart Foundation launches Equality Diversity and Inclusion strategy

A new equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) strategy from the British Heart Foundation has been released. It outlines the organization's goals and plans through 2025 as well as its continued commitment to ensuring that equality and diversity permeate every aspect of its work.

The Kaleidoscope group of the charity, which is in charge of diversity and inclusion, as well as engagement with representatives from the medical research community, patients, and supporters, were all involved in the development of the strategy.

It focuses on igniting change in three key ways: by fostering an environment where everyone who works with the charity can succeed, regardless of their background; by raising awareness of heart health disparities to influence change that ensures nobody receives worse care because of who they are or where they live; and by aiming for a more representative and inclusive cardiovascular research community and by being more inclusive in how research funding decisions are made.

To accelerate change over the next three years, the strategy sets out seven long-term objectives which will run until 2025:

  • Achieving fair progression opportunities for every colleague at the BHF 
  • Increasing the diversity of the BHF’s trustees, committee members and colleagues 
  • Embedding an open and inclusive culture at the BHF 
  • Encouraging inclusivity in how research funding decisions are made, and how BHF funded research is designed 
  • Achieving a more representative and inclusive cardiovascular research community 
  • Continuously monitoring and highlighting cardiovascular inequalities to drive and influence change 
  • Engaging and involving people in ways that are inclusive, relevant, and accessible