Introduction to DEI

As a health care provider, leader, or administrator, you may still be early in your DEI literacy, engagement in critical conversations about oppression, or taking action to align with health equity. Conversations about social, political and health inequities may feel divisive or overwhelming so you take a listening or observing stance, and overtime, find yourself avoiding participation. 

But this work is for you, and you have a place in equity efforts! It can be tough to know where to start, and change can seem daunting. But the time to institutionalize DEI change is now! Did you know: 

  • Research has demonstrated that half of US medical students held false and racist beliefs about biological differences between Black and white people. 
  • Among nurses who personally experience racism in the workplace, 92% were Black, 69% were Hispanic, 73% were Asian, and 28% were white. 
  • 56% of Black patients say they’ve had at least one of several negative experiences, including having to speak up to get the proper care and being treated with less respect than other patients
  • More than 30% of direct medical costs faced by U.S. Blacks, Hispanics and Asian-Americans can be tied to health inequities, translating to more than $230 billion over a four-year period

    Take steps to integrate health equity into your practice, approach, and journey of self-development. 

Learn the basics at your own pace

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Contribute to DEI growth and change

DEI efforts are for everyone, and everyone is needed. Courses, coaching, and online community can help you along your journey to overcome internal and external barriers to advancing equity.  

Increase Awareness & Understanding

With so much going on and so many competing priorities, focus your learning on a core understanding of the structures of inequities, and how we contribute to them

Embrace Change with a Growth Mindset

Confronting our shared historical trauma, the legacy of institutional bias, and our own personal blindspots and beliefs can be uncomfortable or overwhelming. Develop a framework for embracing this opportunity for growth and inclusion

Apply Creative Solutions to Resource Constraints

Time, financial, and human resources continue to be strained in health care organizations. Tensions exist around integrating DEI change. Engage in community with others who are advancing equity and learn creative approaches to integrating change. 

Ensure You Do No Harm

The diverse manifestations of racial trauma and medical trauma make allyship complicated. Institutional patterns of bias are often subtle and built into processes, making them difficult to pin point. Increase your critical consciousness so you can ensure, rather than assume, you do no harm as you practice, teach, research, and lead. 

Courses to guide your next step


Hear from other health care leaders and providers who have grown through our approach through online learning, coaching, and organizational consultation:

Engage with greater understanding

"Being able to bring hard issues to Dr. Washington and get her perspective has been so valuable. You push and at times it's been hard, but we all knew that going in and it's been totally worth it.
It feels like we are able to engage around race, racism and oppression in a way that no longer paralyzes us. We have language, greater understanding and, I believe, greater commitment to anti-racism."
--Brian - Residency Program Director 

Create significant & measurable impact 

"From the very first meeting, it was clear that she was not only highly knowledgeable in their field, but also deeply committed to understanding our organization's unique needs and goals. Her expertise and insights were invaluable, and they provided thoughtful, strategic recommendations that have already had a significant impact on our operations."
--Jasmine - Department DEI Leader 

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