Health Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan

Seattle Children’s Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council

Seattle Children’s established a Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (HEDI) Council to address systemic inequities experienced by our patients, families and workforce. Since HEDI launched in 2021, Seattle Children’s revisited the HEDI structure repeatedly, with ongoing, iterative improvements and accompanying trainings. Advancing health equity and ensuring accountability on our path to becoming an anti-racist organization was never going to be accomplished in one try. Commitment remains for HEDI and the role it has in our anti-racism and health equity work at Seattle Children’s.

However, upon determining that the current HEDI Council and Committee model is not working in the way intended, the same structure will not continue. Thank you to the nearly 100 participants who generously gave their time, capacity and expertise to the first year of HEDI.

Racial equity work requires that risk-taking, meaning the path forward is not linear; trying new things comes with many learnings and appropriately pivoting and continuously learning is part of the journey. Learnings from the former structure will be applied and the next HEDI phase will be streamlined. More information will be shared in early 2023.