Assessment 2:

Create a 5–7 slide presentation (with detailed speaker’s notes) on how you would select, foster collaboration among, and educate a team dedicated to solving a diversity issue.

Assessments 1 and 2 are scenario-based, so you must complete them in the order in which they are presented.

Finding, organizing, and motivating teams is a key leadership skill as is the ability to communicate and present information.


By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:

  • Competency 1: Apply qualities, skills and practices used by effective healthcare leaders.
    • Outline goals and initial priorities that reasonably reflect the project.
  • Competency 2: Apply practices that facilitate effective interprofessional collaboration.
    • Outline a plan that effectively fosters interprofessional group collaboration.
  • Competency 3: Apply ethical codes and diversity best practices in health care organizations.
    • Define the composition of a team with characteristics that could effectively address a diversity issue.
    • Describe the basic characteristics of a diverse and inclusive workplace.
    • Explain the benefits of promoting and supporting diversity within an organization using scholarly resources.
  • Competency 4: Produce clear, coherent, and professional written work, in accordance with Capella’s writing standards.
    • Create an organized presentation that clearly communicates all specified content.

Suggested Resources

The resources provided here are optional. You may use other resources of your choice to prepare for this assessment; however, you will need to ensure that they are appropriate, credible, and valid. The NHS-FP5004 – Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Health Care Master’s Learners Library Guide can help direct your research, and the Supplemental Resources and Research Resources, both linked from the left navigation menu in your courseroom, provide additional resources to help support you.

Assessment Example
Diversity and Cultural Competence

Diversity, inclusion, cultural competence must be a focus of all health care professionals. The following resources discuss the importance of diversity and the role of a leader.

Leadership and Teambuilding

The textbook references below provide information on team-building and collaboration.

  • Rubino, L. G., Esparza, S. J., & Reid Chassiakos, Y. S. (2020). New leadership for today’s health care professionals: Concepts and cases (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Available in the courseroom via the VitalSource Bookshelf link.
    • Chapter 7, “Building a Successful Team.”
    • Chapter 9, “Collaborative Leadership.”


Review the following PowerPoint template if you need practice in creating presentations.

  • PowerPoint Presentation Template and Instructions.
  • Assessment Instructions
  • Overview
    In this assessment you will continue your work on the project by creating a 5–7 slide PowerPoint presentation for the diversity project kickoff meeting.

    • View the PowerPoint Presentation Instructions for guidelines and hints for an effective presentation.
    • Download the PowerPoint Template found in the resources and use it to complete this assessment.
    • Scenario
      Imagine that Lynette follows up with you in an e-mail shortly after reading your views on leadership and collaboration:
      Thanks for sending me your thoughts last week on the diversity issue at the clinic. Your next step is to select a team of professionals who can help you in this project and prepare an introduction of the project for a first meeting with them.
      I want you to prepare a presentation to serve as a brief, but substantive introduction for the first meeting with a group of 4–5 members who will participate on the committee tasked with addressing the diversity issue. Once I review more information about the proposed team I can help you with the recruitment. The presentation should be 5–7 minutes and use 6–8 slides with detailed speaker’s notes so I can understand your approach. Not a lot of time or space, so keep things pretty high level. Do the following:
    1. Briefly outline the project goals and highlight 2–3 of the initial priorities to be addressed by the group. Also, explain why they are important.
    2. Explain the composition of the team and why you chose them. Note that you will not know the exact individuals yet, but assume we will recruit the people with the desired qualities and characteristics that you outline in the presentation. Consider the following:
      • Include a group of professionals you believe can help define the problem and ultimately make recommendations on how to address it.
      • Make sure each member is either trained in, sensitive to, or has experience with the concept of workplace diversity.
      • Give some thought to having some members from outside the organization.
      • Provide member profiles: their diversity, qualifications, experience, internal versus external, and so forth.
    3. Explain your role and describe how the committee will work together and achieve effective interprofessional collaboration.
      • Describe how the group will communicate. How and when they will meet.
      • Describe how ideas will be shared and decisions made.
      • Describe roles, group function, and structure.
    4. Describe the basic characteristics of a diverse workplace.
    5. Provide a convincing argument regarding the benefits of a diverse workforce using support from current research.
    6. Thanks,
      Create a 5–7 slide presentation in response to the content defined in the above scenario and submit it in the courseroom.
      Presentation Guidelines
    • Length: 5–7 PowerPoint slides (not including title slide) that would accompany an approximately 5-minute oral presentation.
    • Notes: Prepare detailed speaker’s notes describing items on each slide so that the viewer can accurately interpret the deeper meanings and intentions that would have been conveyed orally. Support your claims, arguments, and conclusions with credible evidence from 2–3 current, scholarly or professional sources.
    • Visuals: Create visuals that are easily read and interpreted. Use colors, fonts, and formatting and other design principles that make the information clear and generally add to the aesthetic of the presentation.
    • Please refer to the scoring guide for details on how your assessment will be evaluated.
      Note: Your instructor may use the Writing Feedback Tool when grading this assignment. The Writing Feedback Tool is designed to provide you with guidance and resources to develop your writing based on five core skills. You will find writing feedback in the Scoring Guide for the assessment, once your work has been evaluated.

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      Diversity Project Kickoff Presentation Learner’s Name Capella University

      Collaboration, Communication, and Case Analysis for Master’s Learners

      Diversity Project Kickoff Presentation

      December, 2019

      Hello, and welcome to the kickoff presentation for the new project initiated by Mercy Medical Center to create a diverse and inclusive workplace. This kickoff presentation aims to provide details about the need for a diverse and inclusive workplace at Mercy Medical Center, the objectives of the diversity and inclusion project, and the committee executing the project.


      Presentation Outline

      Need for a Diversity Project

      Objectives of the Diversity Project

      Composition of the Workforce Diversity Steering Committee

      Role of the Committee

      Developing Interprofessional Collaboration

      Characteristics of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

      Benefits of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace: Examples From the Field


      Here is an outline of the presentation. We will begin by understanding the need for a diversity project. We will then look at the objectives of the diversity project. Next, we will discuss the composition of the team involved in this project, along with the characteristics the team must possess to successfully implement this project. We will then look at the various strategies that will help promote interprofessional group collaboration. Finally, we will look at the characteristics and benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace.


      Need for a Diversity Project

      Diversity is a sign of cultural respect

      Diverse medical centers promote access to high-quality health care for minority populations

      Diverse workforce puts patients at ease (Edmund, Bezold, Fulwood, Johnson, & Tetteh, 2015)

      Diversity projects will set a course to ensure compliance with workplace diversity laws


      Based on a recent internal survey, leadership at Mercy Medical Center realised that close to 67% of staff felt that it was underrepresented. Further, when members of the leadership analysed the patient satisfaction scores of the last 3 years, they found that the scores had dropped and that this was influenced by a lack of representation of the diverse patient base. A diverse and an inclusive workplace is a sign of cultural respect. It also portrays that the medical center is respectful and responsive toward the requirements of diverse patient populations. Health care centers need to be diverse and inclusive to promote an environment that influences positive health outcomes. A culturally diverse workforce represents people from all walks of life, which puts patients at ease. It is important to consider the needs of patients to make health care accessible. This can be done by addressing the diversity in the patient base the medical center serves. Patients may belong to different cultural backgrounds, have different sexual orientations, or face language barriers. A diverse workforce would help patients relate to the hospital staff, thereby ensuring better health outcomes (Edmund et al., 2015). The need for a diverse workplace was also recognized by the Government of the United States when the Department of Health and Human Services initiated the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) to eliminate health care disparities by ensuring that all cultural and language barriers are addressed (Edmund et al., 2015). Mercy Medical Center has realised the need for a project that addresses the issue of diversity and inclusion in the hospital and has, therefore, initiated the Diversity Project.


      Objectives of the Diversity Project

      Creating a Workforce Diversity Steering Committee

      Sensitizing members of the committee to the requirements of workplace diversity

      Establishing processes for encouraging interprofessional collaboration



      Here are the objectives of the diversity project. Mercy Medical Center will establish a Workforce Diversity Steering Committee. This committee will consist of members with different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, and language preferences. The members of the committee will also ensure gender diversity in the committee. The second objective of the project is to sensitize the committee to existing gaps in the center’s diversity and inclusion practices. This will help the committee prepare an agenda that will be appropriate and feasible for the medical center. Once the committee is ready to execute its plan of action, the next objective of the project would be to establish a process to encourage interprofessional collaboration in the medical center. Interprofessional collaboration would lead to effective communication and the exchange of expertise, which would enhance the center’s productivity.


      Composition of the Workforce Diversity Steering Committee

      Decision-making wing

      Leadership (CEO, CFO, COO, etc.)

      Heads of departments

      Chief of Medicines

      Chief of Surgeons

      Chief of Residents

      Head of Nursing Staff


      Executive wing



      Administrative staff

      The Workforce Diversity Steering Committee, created to address the ongoing diversity issue at Mercy Medical Center, will have two wings: the decision-making wing and the executive wing. The decision-making wing will comprise members of the board such as the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Operations Officer. The decision-making wing will also be made up of the heads of all the departments at Mercy Medical Center, the Chief of Surgeons, the Chief of Residents, the Chief of Medicine, and the Head of Nursing Staff. The executive wing will comprise representatives from hospital staff such as doctors, nurses, and administrative staff. Sixty percent of the members of the committee will be women. The structure of the committee is such that 54% of the committee will be composed of people from different ethnicities such as Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans, and Latin Americans. The committee will not display data regarding the sexual orientation of committee members, as this is a matter of personal discretion. The committee will comprise people from different age groups. Approximately 50% of the team will be people under the age of 30, 30% will be people between the ages 31 and 60, and 20% of will be people over the age of 60.


      Role of the Committee

      Representation during recruitment

      Training and sensitization on the requirements of a diverse organization

      Constant communication with hospital staff

      Identification and addressal of disparities due to lack of diversity

      Clear communication of organizational goals

      Adherence to standards set by CLAS (Edmund et al., 2015)


      The most important role of the Workforce Diversity Steering Committee is to ensure that the medical center’s staff respects diversity in terms of age, gender, sexuality, culture, and language so that patients feel comfortable with the medical team . While recruiting staff members, it is essential that they possess certain characteristics such as sensitivity to the needs of people from different religious backgrounds and ethnicities. Addressing language and cultural differences will ensure that there is no miscommunication between patients and staff. Further, addressing issues related to diversity of age, gender, and sexuality ensures accessibility to health care without hesitation. The committee will meet on a bimonthly basis to ensure that all project objectives are on track without any deviation. This meeting will also be required to ensure that there is no miscommunication. Potential staff also needs to be evaluated for qualities such as empathy and the ability to treat patients without any kind of bias. The committee will also train and sensitize new staff members, along with the existing staff, on the requirements of a diverse patient base. These requirements could be the specific needs of different genders or individuals with different sexual orientations or awareness of specific religious restrictions. Staff will also be trained to manage patients who are differently abled. Training staff will also help them identify and remove their biases so that they can better connect with patients. To understand the extent to which diversity issues have impacted the center, the committee will identify disparities due to the absence of a proper diversity committee. This will be done through thorough reporting and documentation of diversity-related issues faced by patients along with extensive collection of data pertaining to demographic diversities. The committee will also be responsible for maintaining awareness about the importance of diversity and inclusion at workplaces to ensure the achievement of organizational goals . The committee will also ensure adherence to the standards of equity and cultural responsiveness set by CLAS (Edmund et al., 2015)


      Developing Interprofessional Collaboration

      Setting common goals

      Establishing communication structures

      Conducing team-building exercises

      Rewarding efforts (Morley & Cashell, 2017)


      A diverse and inclusive medical center requires interprofessional collaboration . To ensure successful interprofessional collaboration, the committee must first set common goals for all staff members. This will help establish a uniform direction toward which everyone has to work to achieve organizational goals. The next step will be to establish a strong structure of communication. This will help reduce barriers in the flow of the right information. Communication will also enable staff members to share their experiences. This exchange of information will be helpful when the medical staff encounter similar situations because it provides practical insights into how a situation can be handled. This can lead to greater patient satisfaction. The committee will promote team building through training, workshops, and discussions that will help staff members from different teams collaborate to treat a patient. These team-building exercises help improve communication through informal channels, thereby building trust and confidence in the expertise of fellow staff members. Rewarding efforts to collaborate and comply with the diversity principles set by CLAS and the committee will encourage staff members to respect differences. Rewarding collaboration will encourage staff members to collaborate further (Morley & Cashell, 2017).


      Characteristics of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

      Representation of a diverse population

      Clearly communicated objectives

      Interprofessional collaboration

      Promotion of continuous learning (Morley & Cashell, 2017)


      The most evident characteristic of a diverse and inclusive workplace is the representation of a diverse population, both as employees and as clients, within the organization. This also reflects acceptance and respect for differences. Another characteristic of a diverse and inclusive organization is that all goals are clearly communicated to ensure that all members of the workplace work in tandem and that there is no deviation from the goals of diversity and inclusion. This is essential for achieving positive health outcomes and greater customer satisfaction. In a diverse workplace, individuals from different areas of specialization exchange experiences and expertise to attain a common goal. A diverse workplace also promotes continuous learning in the form of team-building exercises, discussions, training for sensitization, and so on. Training conducted on a frequent basis or brainstorming sessions conducted to arrive at a solution help upskill staff. The need to be aware of a diverse patient base encourages continuous learning (Morley & Cashell, 2017).


      Benefits of a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace: Examples from the Field

      CHRISTUS Health

      Main Line Health

      Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (Health Research & Educational Trust, 2015)


      CHRISTUS Health, a multistate hospital, initiated an organization-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion in 2011. The focus was on fighting any kind of unconscious bias, sensitizing staff to generational differences, and ensuring training to promote development for all employees. This helped increase diversity in leadership from 13% to 23%. The hospital also realized the importance of a reliable infrastructure for understanding demographic diversity. This initiative led to an increase in satisfaction for staff as they felt more represented than before. Main Line Health, a Philadelphia-based not-for-profit organization, cultivated a culture of diversity and inclusion to increase access to health care. This was done by increasing diversity among board members, thereby addressing barriers to health care faced by a diverse patient. This initiative led to the creation of the Medical Student Advocate program, which helped more than 300 patients and their social needs. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, based out of Central New Jersey, implemented its first diversity and inclusion program in 2012. The program focused on including women, African Americans, Asian Americans, and the LGBT community in leadership roles in the hospital. A survey conducted in 2014 revealed that the employee satisfaction had increased in 2 years by 30% (Health Research & Educational Trust, 2015).



      Edmund, M., Bezold, C., Fulwood, C. C., Johnson, B., & Tetteh, H. (2015). The future of diversity and inclusion in health services and policy research: A report on the academyhealth workforce diversity 2025 roundtable. Retrieved from

      Health Research & Educational Trust. (2015, July). Diversity in health care: Examples from the field. Retrieved from

      Morley, L., & Cashell, A. (2017). Collaboration in health care. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 48(2), 207–216.



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