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Healthcare Equity Toolkit

Welcome to the UW Medicine Healthcare Equity Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to be a resource to support and guide UW Medicine leaders and staff in our effort to embrace diversity, foster inclusion and advance equity for our patients and workforce.

Within this toolkit you will find:

  • A guide to convening a local (entity or department) equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) committee
  • A glossary of EDI terms
  • A calendar of cultural observances and celebrations
  • Reading, audio and video EDI resources
  • A list of internal and external EDI training resources

The Healthcare Equity Team is available to assist in developing and convening a local EDI committee and to answer questions about this toolkit.  Please contact us at or individually:

Paula L. Houston, Ed.D., Director, Healthcare Equity

Patricia Dawson, MD, Medical Director, Healthcare Equity

Keith A. Vensey, MBA, MPH, Healthcare Equity Program Operations Specialist


UW Medicine’s Bias Reporting Tool

Click here to access UW Medicine’s bias reporting tool.

Leaders Guide for Convening & Running an Effective Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee

The purpose of Leaders Guide for Convening and Running an Effective EDI Committee is to assist executive leaders across the UW Medicine healthcare system in developing a committee within their specific UW Medicine entity that focuses on advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity (EDI) among their immediate colleagues.

Defined as a formally sponsored employee group charged to assess, research, act on, or report matters related to advancing healthcare equity, the EDI Committee provides support and guidance to leaders and staff to more effectively address EDI issues that are not readily perceived or easily understood. Throughout this guide, specific ideas and action steps are presented to support your developing an EDI committee charter – an internal document of administrative processes necessary to run an effective committee – and sections therein. I

Click here to download the full version of the Leaders Guide. A summary version of the Leaders’ Guide is available as well.


Healthcare Equity Glossary of Terms – Critical Terms for Common Language

Click here to access our healthcare equity related glossary.


Calendar of Cultural Celebrations and Observances

Below is UW Medicine Healthcare Equity’s most recent version of monthly calendars of cultural celebrations and observances.

Oct 2018 | Nov 2018 | Dec 2018

Click here to access the University of Washington’s Calendar of Holidays and Religious Observances.

Note: If there are some observances you deem very important yet do not see reflected in our calendars, please let us know via email:


Equity Diversity and Inclusion Resources

We have compiled a selective reading list of books, podcasts, video clips, and other informational resources that can serve as training resources as well as inform program implementation, events planning, and policy development efforts geared toward creating an environment supportive of equity, diversity and inclusion across all aspect of the UW Medicine workforce.

Featured Book: My Brother’s Husband

Photo Credit: Penguin Random House

Author: Gengoroh Tagame
Published: May 02, 2017
ISBN: 1101871512
ISBN13: 9781101871515
Pages: 352

“Heartbreaking yet hopeful, Gengoroh Tagame’s beautifully rendered meditation on the struggle for gay acceptance in today’s Japan is quietly dazzling. I am already looking forward to part two!”Anderson Cooper, CNN

“Yaichi is a work-at-home suburban dad in contemporary Tokyo; formerly married to Natsuki and father to their young daughter, Kana. Their lives suddenly change with the arrival at their doorstep of a hulking, affable Canadian named Mike Flanagan, who declares himself the widower of Yaichi’s estranged gay twin, Ryoji. Mike is on a quest to explore Ryoji’s past, and the family reluctantly but dutifully takes him in. What follows is an unprecedented and heartbreaking look at the state of a largely still-closeted Japanese gay culture: how it’s been affected by the West, and how the next generation can change the preconceptions about it and prejudices against it.” – Penguin Random House


To learn about other books we have featured, visit the UW Medicine Healthcare Equity Book Club page.