UW Medicine


UW Medicine’s Office of Healthcare Equity is working hard to launch our new website! Below are the mission, vision and guiding principles for our office.


To deliver on the UWM mission to improve the health of the public by ensuring that policies and practices focus on equity, social and health justice.

UW Medicine Office of Healthcare Equity Mission

  • To reduce disparities in healthcare delivery by educating health professionals informed by principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice;
  • To make UW Medicine an equitable place to learn, work, provide and receive care;
  • To be a national model for healthcare equity; and
  • To provide local and national leadership in healthcare equity and healthcare justice research.


  • Treat everyone with respect and compassion.
  • Embrace and model diversity, equity, inclusion and justice.
  • Practice and promote honest and transparent communication.
  • Facilitate collaboration and teamwork across disciplines, specialties and communities.
  • Engage in, promote and disseminate data-driven healthcare and justice innovation.

Guiding Principles

  • Approach this work through a UW Medicine system lens.
  • Develop structures and processes to support healthcare equity and justice across the system.
  • Engage, partner and collaborate with all UW Medicine entities, health sciences, and UW schools as appropriate.
  • Operate with explicit definitions of equity, racism, bias, diversity, and cultural humility.
  • Acknowledge that patient safety, staff satisfaction, and health outcomes are crucially linked with diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice practices.
  • Ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion principles inform all system-wide quality improvement processes and practices.
  • Identify where we’ve fallen short and commit with accountability to improving healthcare equity at all levels of the organization.
  • Develop and sustain a foundation of trust across our communities by being present to listen to and learn about those we serve, solicit ongoing feedback from them, and consistently report back.
  • Advocate for and facilitate initiatives to build and support a workforce reflective of communities we serve.