Celebrate Global Diversity Awareness Month with ActivePure Medical and Affiliates

This month, October, marks Global Diversity Awareness Month and highlights the benefits that differences bring to our workplaces and processes. Global Diversity Awareness Month is an initiative that focuses on inclusive workplace culture.

Doctor shaking hands with staff members

Working in diverse teams prepares us to achieve success in the most varied business scenarios and encourages creative thinking and a view outside of ourselves. The benefits of various professional relations within a company strengthen workplace performance and make the community more robust and inclusive.

Importance of Global Diversity Awareness Month

Global Diversity Month celebrates cultures, heritage, and the differentiators that allow distinct perspectives and experiences to be seen, heard, and thrive.

October celebrates unity among diverse communities by celebrating multiculturalism and cultural diversity. Diversity entails many more things than color; it entails cultural and historical aspects. Global Diversity Month provides a significant opportunity to educate people on how we can benefit from diversity.

What is Global Diversity?

Global diversity denotes the range of differences that describe the composition of a group of two or more people in a cross-cultural and multi-national context.1

Many organizations believe that positive views and appreciation of world diversity allow for more inclusive practices across the globe, and promote equity for all.

History of Global Diversity Awareness Month

The United Nations General Assembly in Paris signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights after WWII2. This statement represents the expression of rights for all people, regardless of their identity. All humans deserve equal rights. It is intended to respect every person, irrespective of race or ethnicity.

"The Declaration [of Human Rights] represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. It is essentially an acknowledgment that we should remember and understand the value of each human being, regardless of their nationality, color, race, sex, gender, country of origin, language, or otherwise."
Sabine Hall, Vice President Technical Sales and CTO Middle East and Africa at IBM

Global Diversity Awareness Month at Workplaces

A diverse working environment doesn't mean there are no hardships or missteps regarding a shift and focus on diversity. It's all about awareness, and being aware of challenges and iniquities carried by marginalized communities breathes life into those types of discussions, instead of covering them and acting as though they don't exist.

Whatever your profession, your role likely involves working with clients and colleagues from different backgrounds. Observing different cultures lays the groundwork for more authentic interaction and awareness of common ground and practices to enhance your life, both professionally and personally.

Embracing challenges and mentoring and promoting minority employees allows your organization to overcome feelings of indifference in the workplace and is the first step in overcoming the injustices of a singularly-focused society and lack of diverse perspectives.

Embracing Global Diversity in Healthcare

Health organizations and services are economic behemoths that play significant roles in the betterment or detriment of our communities and world on myriad levels. As a source of jobs, they are often the largest employers by number. They serve as the literal first line of defense against illness and injury that can ravage communities, especially marginalized ones.

One way that health organizations can embrace diversity and promote the betterment of diversifying commerce and access, beyond staffing efforts, is in the way of vendor selection.

With a focus on ESG, many healthcare systems are launching programs focused on diversity and inclusion. For example, Ochsner Health created a new position, System Director of Supplier Inclusion. Since 2020, Jean-Marc Villain has served in this newly found role focusing on how “to navigate the regional health giant's efforts to add new, minority-owned businesses to Ochsner's expansive roster of suppliers.”3

“This whole supply diversity initiative is one of the pillars of Ochsner's overall diversity and inclusion strategy. The other pillars focus primarily on workforce issues, to make the organization more diverse and inclusive internally. The supply chain pillar does the same thing, increasing diversity and inclusion, but it's obviously done externally – to make sure that communities that in the past haven't had opportunities to do business with us have such an opportunity now.”
— Jean-Marc Villain, System Director of Supplier Inclusion, Ochsner Health

An experienced vendor advocate aware of the disparities caused by lack of diversity and inclusion is committed to making their health organization part of the solution to these issues through the vendors with whom they engage and conduct business.

"Although the inclusion of diverse suppliers in contracting activity has been recognized as important in most Fortune 500 companies, success in achieving inclusion and equity, especially in healthcare, remains elusive. While supplier diversity once meant including minority- and women-owned business, today it includes:
  • Minority-owned (MBEs)
  • Women-owned (WBEs)
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-owned (LGBT)
  • Veteran-owned (VBE)
  • Service disabled veteran-owned (SDVO)
  • Small business owner (SBE) as defined by the Small Business Administration”

ActivePure Medical's Diverse Suppliers

There are many options and ways to partner with organizations that promote the hiring of diverse suppliers and service providers intent to promote businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, etc., fostering relationships within communities.

“At the core of ActivePure Medical is innovation. We know that diversity of thought helps drive innovation. We do not believe in standing still. We will continue to make incremental improvements in our technology and the world of infection prevention because our patients, healthcare workers, and their families deserve better.

We're proud to partner with thought-leaders from different backgrounds to ensure we provide the best options to our healthcare customers and their communities.”
— Marissa Ransdell, Vice President, Marketing

The two partners ActivePure Medical would like to highlight is AMX and VHHS. Let's meet the teams.

Minority-owned Distributor, AMX

AMX logo; Activepure Medical's minority-owned diverse supplierAmerican Medical Xchange, AMX, is ActivePure Medical's minority-owned diverse supplier

American Medical Xchange, LLC, or AMX, is a National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC)-certified distribution company based in Longwood, Florida, that has provided personal protective equipment and other medical devices to healthcare partners throughout the United States. They not only allow their healthcare partners to increase their diversity allocations, but they allow them to select American Made products.

ActivePure is proud to be one of the ‘Made in America’ featured products offered by AMX. Through this partnership, AMX can provide their acute care hospital partners access to ActivePure's products designed, engineered, and produced at the ActivePure Manufacturing plant in Bristol, VA:

"ActivePure Medical allows us to provide our healthcare partners with an innovative solution that improves Healthcare-Associated Infections. By improving the environment of care, we've been able to help our healthcare partners reduce penalties and increase reimbursements. All crucial criteria while hospitals face thinner profit margins and higher infection rates due to the pandemic and labor shortages. They can do this with an automated and continuous solution that helps increase their diversity spend."
— Alister Barrow, CEO of American Medical Xchange (AMX)

NMSDC Logo; AMX is a NDSDC certified minority owned distributorAMX is a NMSDC-certified Minority-owned Distribution Company

To certify as a NMSDC business, organizations must meet the following criteria4:

  • United States citizens.
  • Minority businesses must be at least 51% minority–owned, managed and controlled. For the purposes of NMSDC's program, a minority group member is an individual who is at least 25% Asian-Indian, Asian-Pacific, Black, Hispanic or Native American. Minority eligibility is established via a combination of document reviews, screenings, interviews and site visits. Ownership, in the case of a publicly owned business, means that at least 51% of the stock is owned by one or more minority group members.
  • Must be a for profit enterprise and physically located in the U. S. or its trust territories.
  • Management and daily operations must be exercised by the minority ownership member(s).

About NMDSC:

“For the last 50 years, NMSDC has been advocating access to the American dream for MBEs. Our success is historic and unmatched: over 15,000 MBEs connected to more than 1,500 corporations, resulting in nearly $400 billion in economic output annually, generating $130 billion in tax revenue, and sustaining 1.75 million jobs. We are the nation's largest, most impactful, and successful non-profit advocacy organization for MBEs, proving growth for MBEs is growth for all.”
“Like many industries, healthcare focuses on increasing its diversity spending and furthering its ESG initiatives. We are proud to provide our customers with a highly talented group who can help them with their infection prevention needs and other medical supplies. Alister and his team have proven to be exceptional client partners, and we're proud to have them listed as our official distributor on Vizient and Premier Group Purchasing Agreements.”
— Dan Marsh, President, ActivePure Medical

Read more about our existing Group Purchasing Organization (GPO) Agreements with AMX:

ActivePure Medical's VP of Business Development, Alex Waits, VP of Marketing, Marissa Ransdell, and AMX's CEO Alister BarrowPhoto of ActivePure Medical's VP of Business Development, Alex Waits, VP of Marketing, Marissa Ransdell, and AMX's CEO Alister Barrow, at this year's Vizient S3P Clinical Supply Conference.

Veteran-owned Distributor, VHSS

VHSS Log; Veterans Healthcare Supply Solutions

Veterans Healthcare Supply Solutions, VHSS, is the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB) distributor for ActivePure Medical.

Since 2010, VHSS has distributed medical, dental, laboratory, and food service supplies and equipment to federal, state, and local government agencies.

With a vision to be the total solutions provider for all federal government agencies, VHSS has developed a clear mission objective to attract and hire top talent, focus on professionalism and conscientiousness, and seamlessly bridge the procurement gap between our government customers and our valued industry suppliers.

VHSS is registered in the System for Award Management (SAM).

  • DUNS number: 964899483

Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, VHSS is positioned and fully equipped with a state-of-the-art warehouse, an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, and a warehouse management (WMS) system. They pride themselves in being able to provide an efficient procurement platform for today's federal government buying agencies.

Front entrance to VHSS warehouse in Jacksonville, FlVHHS warehouse in Jacksonville, Florida

VHSS has won awards like Top SDVOSB by U.S. Veterans Magazine, Best Veterans Healthcare Products Supplier and more.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, “SDVOSBs may self-certify their status to compete for set-aside contracts at most federal agencies. However, VA does not recognize SDVOSB self-certification. VA SDVOSB contractors must be verified by the Center for Verification and Evaluation.

The Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) is run by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Their verification process includes, “verifying SDVOSBs/VOSBs according to the tenets found in Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 74 and 13 CFR Part 125 that address Veteran eligibility, ownership, and control.”5

“VHSS is proud to be a verified SDVOSB and distributor of ActivePure Medical Technology for America's largest integrated health care system, the Veterans Health Administration.

Together, we can provide an innovative solution that reduces the spread of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) through an automated and continuous solution. Innovative technologies that eliminate the requirement of operators and minimize human error are needed more than ever as our healthcare facilities face rising labor costs and an increase in HAIs.”
— David Heaton II, Vice President of VHSS

SDVOSB Logo; Is a VHSS distribution companyVHSS is a SDVOSB Distribution Company

“As a proud parent of a senior at the US Naval Academy, it has been wonderful to watch our son's growth and preparation to serve his country. ActivePure Medical is humbled to be a proven option of pathogen protection for our veterans, retirees, and their families.”
— Alex Waits, Vice President of Business Development, ActivePure Medical

Benefits of Embracing Global Diversity

Global Diversity Expands our Minds

Most professional environments have many personality groups that have their own culture and thoughts about them. Acceptance is one of the most effective ways of creating a healthy work environment. Having the opportunity for questions to be asked and a willingness to hear other views makes us grounded and empathetic humans. It's also important in our workplaces. This is going to help to normalize perception of diverse workers and encourage inclusion.

Global Diversity Promotes Culture

Our families and friends live in schools and neighborhoods where roots, traditions, and foundational beliefs vary, and the exposure to more diverse people and practices can be very effective in creating empathy for one another.

How to Celebrate Global Diversity Month

Whether personally or professionally, there are many effective ways to let your diverse friends, family, and colleagues know you see and respect them and that you'd like to learn more about their foundational beliefs to benefit community, your profession, and the world.

To embrace diversity and promote awareness and acceptance, consider hosting a multicultural film night based on foreign movies, visit cultural art exhibits, enjoy music from various countries, or support immigrant-owned restaurants.

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