Inclusion Network Program
Seattle Children’s Inclusion Network Program supports the organization’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion strategic framework to advance health equity and the Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan. Inclusion Networks engage community initiatives to yield positive outcomes and opportunities for workforce members, patients, and families.
The Inclusion Network Program provides a forum for employees to increase their connectedness at work, to engage individuals' diverse strengths, to improve healthcare business and to make Children's an inclusive community, all by coming together around common interests and strategic initiatives within the organization.
Inclusion Networks are employee-led groups that foster an inclusive culture where everyone belongs. The networks are 1,500 participants strong.
Seattle Children’s Inclusion Networks are open to all Seattle Children’s workforce members.
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are central to Seattle Children’s core mission and values. The Inclusion Networks align with Seattle Children’s strategic vision and serve as a call to action for workforce members.
- The Inclusion Networks support the active, intentional and ongoing engagement with diversity, including intentional policies and practices that promote full participation and sense of belonging among all members of a group or organization.
- The Inclusion Networks create an environment that supports Seattle Children’s commitment to anti-racism and prioritizes the active, ongoing process of dismantling systems of racial inequity and creating new systems of racial equity.
Current Inclusion Networks
- Asian Inclusion Network: Brings together Asians/Asian Americans and allies who seek to foster, engage in and encourage a space in which to build community, and promote opportunities for Asians/Asian Americans through professional development, community outreach and networking opportunities.
- Black and African Heritage Network (BAHN): As a collaborative and reciprocal relationship between workforce members, BAHN fosters cross-generational growth, learning, professional development, and career advancement within the Black and African workforce at Seattle Children’s.
- Disability Inclusion Network: Brings together disabled workforce and their allies who share the experience of living in a world designed for able-bodied people. Together the network helps magnify the voices of the disabled community to advocate for policy change, education and a culture shift to fight ableism within the organization.
- Green Team (Environmental/Sustainability) Network: Leads, educates, inspires and empowers workforce in safeguarding the health and preserving the resources of present and future generations. The network endeavors to reduce both environmental impact and hospital costs through efficient, sustainable work practices.
- Hola (Hispanic/Latinx) Network: Helps improve the Hispanic/Latinx employee experience, improve the Hispanic/Latinx patient and family experience at Children’s and creates a positive presence for Children’s in the Hispanic/Latinx community.
- Parenting Network: Brings together parents and caregivers to learn more about child development and gain confidence in parenting skills; connect with others experiencing the joys and challenges of raising children and working with patients and families; builds capacity to model and coach positive parenting skills; and helps make Seattle Children’s a great place for parents to work.
- Pasifika Inclusion Network (Pacific Islanders and Asian Pacific Islanders): Brings together Pacific Islanders and the Indigenous peoples of Oceania (Polynesians, Micronesians, Melanesians, Aboriginal Australasians, Papuans and Asian Pacific Islanders) who share in this ethnic heritage, were raised in these geographical locations, or who identify with and embody the “Aloha Spirit.”
- Q Pod (LGBTQ) Network: Advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQI+) patients, families and workforce members and builds a strong, supportive and inclusive community through regular programming and activities, increasing connections at work, celebrations for Pride, and more.
- Veterans Inclusion Network: The network provides a support structure and serves as a resource for military veterans, current service members, and their families, recognizes the contributions they make at Children’s, gives them a voice within the organization.