Identify your partners

Growing the capacity of local and diverse vendors in underserved communities does not have to happen alone—who else is on your team?

Outside partners

Who do you already work with, and with what organizations do you still need to cultivate relationships? List the following organizations in your community, and determine who you need to reach out to.


Organization Type Potential Partners
Local minority chambers of commerce, women-owned business entities, or other diverse supplier networks  


National Minority Supplier Diversity Council and local/regional affiliates
Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, or similar city or county agency or department
Local business support organizations, such as small business development centers, loan funds, technical assistance providers, etc.  


Cooperative incubators or support organizations focused on worker-, employee- and cooperatively owned businesses  


Credit unions and area financial institutions with Community Reinvestment Act requirements
Local community foundations or other locally based foundations
Community-based organizations focused on employment and job readiness
Food hubs, farmers’ cooperatives, or other entities focused on local food distribution infrastructure
Other anchor institution partners (e.g. health systems, universities, community colleges, public schools, city and county governments)  


Supply chain integrators1These include medical supply distributors, distribution centers, group purchasing organizations, and other such entities. For a full definition, refer to the Key Terms section.
Group Purchasing Organization (GPO)


Inside Partners

Who are the key players within your own organization that can help move this effort forward? List any staff members in these categories that could provide resources and expertise for an inclusive, local sourcing program. Who is already on board, and who still needs to learn about the initiative?


Internal Capacities Key staff members
Senior leadership (includes c-suite leadership staff, board members, the strategic planning team, etc.)
Managers with purchasing power at the departmental level, or who oversee budgeting and purchasing requests
Community outreach and government relations staff  


Invoice processing staff  


Legal department member with knowledge of contracting
Legal department member with knowledge of risk management
Office of diversity and inclusion staff  


Information Technology & software management
Community health, population health, or health equity department staff
Construction and/or real estate department staff
Construction union representation
Staff overseeing health system’s local hiring initiative
Facilities and maintenance department staff
Real estate and/or planning department staff
Sustainability department staff


Measure your supply chain baseline

Where and who are you currently purchasing from?

Survey your procurement policies and practices

What policies and processes are working, and which are barriers to success?

Map your community's assets

How can you link with existing networks and efforts to support local and diverse purchasing?

Understand your purchasing pipeline

Who contributes to purchasing decisions at your institution, and how are decisions made?

Scale and sustain impact

How do you institutionalize priorities and create organizational alignment?



1 These include medical supply distributors, distribution centers, group purchasing organizations, and other such entities. For a full definition, refer to the Key Terms section.