Racism is a public health crisis. Racism has no place in our organization, and it affects the health of the children and families we serve.
That’s why Seattle Children’s is identifying, challenging and changing the culture, structures and behaviors that perpetuate systemic racism. This work is ongoing and will take time.
Published on Sept. 1, 2021, the Action Plan builds upon existing anti-racism efforts. These efforts include the recommendations from the Covington & Burling assessment, the earlier Anti-Racism Organizational Change and Accelerated Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan (AROC) and input from the Action Plan Task Force consisting of Seattle Children’s workforce members.
Through the actions and outcomes outlined in the Action Plan, we will seek to systematically dismantle racism within the organization.
Transparent communication is critical in earning trust. Seattle Children’s commits to providing quarterly updates on anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion efforts to the community. We will consistently share what actions we took, what worked, and what opportunities for improvement still exist.
Seattle Children’s established a Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (HEDI) to address systemic racism and inequities experienced by our patients, families and workforce.
The HEDI Council is a team of 19 members that work collaboratively to champion, advance and support the work of six HEDI Committees. Members of the Council and the Committees include a diverse range of Seattle Children’s executives; Family Advisors; active equity, diversity and inclusion leaders both formally and informally; subject matter experts; Inclusion Network leaders and participants; and community partners.
As the organizing force to help realize the Action Plan, HEDI relies on an anti-racist structure and model to ensure power and authority is shared when making decisions.
Learn more about Seattle Children’s Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council.
In early 2021, Seattle Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees created an Assessment Committee to review issues of systemic racism, diversity, equity and inclusion at Seattle Children’s. After conducting a competitive process, the Assessment Committee chose Covington & Burling LLP, led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, to lead an independent review of Seattle Children’s and produce actionable recommendations. Learn more about their work which is the core of the current Action Plan.
Seattle Children’s first anti-racism action plan was shared in January 2021. Named the Anti-Racism Organizational Change and Accelerated Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan, this plan was designed with the guidance and support from our patients, workforce, community and trusted expert leaders on anti-racism work, equity, diversity and inclusion. The initial plan prioritized the following focus areas:
The current Action Plan includes these priorities which support the Covington and Burling recommendations.
A Task Force comprised of team members in both clinical and non-clinical roles partnered with Seattle Children’s Executive Leadership Team to develop the Action Plan. Members were selected because of their expertise in anti-racism and EDI. Additionally, some members are also parents who represent our patient families.