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Penn State Health asks employees to voluntarily self-ID disabilities starting Nov. 9

Penn State Health is committed to diversity and understanding how it can improve the work environment for employees with disabilities. Starting on Nov. 9, the health system is asking employees with disabilities to voluntarily update or create their disability status in the Pulse/Lawson system. The Self-ID program, coordinated by the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, will run through Nov. 23.

The information is confidential and will only be used internally. The broad results will be shared with the U.S. Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, which is a federal requirement.

Beginning Nov. 9, update your status by logging in to Pulse/Lawson. Select “My Profile” and scroll down to “Personal Information.” In the Disability field, select yes or no and click on the “save” button.

Danielle Gruppo, program director of affirmative action and diversity metrics for Penn State Health, said the health system wants to be sure all employees with disabilities are counted in its inclusion efforts. This includes people who may have disabilities that are not easily recognized, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, diabetes or depression. See the Americans with Disabilities Act list of recognized disabilities.

“You can work better with patients and other staff with disabilities if you are comfortable with your own disability,” said Lynette Chappell-Williams, vice president and chief diversity officer, Penn State Health, and associate dean of diversity and inclusion, Penn State College of Medicine.

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