Providence Alaska Names Kenneth McCoy as Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer
In that role, McCoy is responsible for coordinating efforts to promote culturally competent, patient-centered care as well as diversity and inclusion within the Providence Alaska workforce. McCoy also helps identify, develop, foster, and maintain strong relationships to integrate diversity and inclusion with health initiatives that advance health status, access, and awareness in the community.
“Diversity, equity, and inclusion, grounded in justice and integrated into all aspects of health care, are vital for improving patient health outcomes and quality of life,” says Preston M. Simmons, chief executive officer of Providence Alaska. “Thirty-eight percent of the Providence Alaska workforce identifies as people of color, and we serve some of the country’s most diverse communities. Ensuring Providence continues creating a diverse and equitable workforce while providing equitably delivered services is essential to our mission of serving all.”
McCoy earned a bachelor’s degree in justice from the UAA and a certificate in criminal justice from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. His experience in law enforcement includes more than twenty-seven years of expertise in community relations, patrol operations, criminal investigations, and emergency response. McCoy was named chief of police in 2021, then in December he announced his retirement, effective February 1, 2022.
His position at Providence starts February 14.
“After serving the public for nearly three decades,” McCoy says, “it was important for me to continue to make an impact in our community. Joining Providence allows me to continue my work guiding teams and organizations with diplomacy, dignity, and fairness.”
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