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 firstname.lastname@example.org or individually:
Paula L. Houston, Ed.D., Director, Healthcare Equity email@example.com
Patricia Dawson, MD, Medical Director, Healthcare Equity firstname.lastname@example.org
Keith A. Vensey, MBA, MPH, Healthcare Equity Program Operations Specialist email@example.com
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Author: Gengoroh Tagame
Published: May 02, 2017
“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.