Center for Diversity and Health Equity

Leadership of the Center for Diversity and Health Equity

Keeping Equity in Mind During COVID-19 (PDF)

Since 2006, we have been dedicated to reducing health disparities and improving the lives of all patients, families, research participants and the community. Our vision at the CDHE is to lead, collaborate, innovate, mentor and inspire the relentless work towards the elimination of health inequities, prevent new inequities and work together with children, families and communities who experience these inequities to find solutions. We believe there is a responsibility to ensure all children receive high-quality primary and specialty care services to provide optimal health and well-being and dedicate our efforts to this mission.

What Is Health Equity?

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,

Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.


  • Our education, analytics and consultation work moves Seattle Children’s towards health equity by identifying and addressing determinants of inequities in health and healthcare within our own system.
  • Our research program moves Seattle Children’s Research Institute towards health equity by creating equitable participation opportunities for diverse communities and equitable career pathways for diverse faculty and staff, and by providing funding support for research projects and research teams that focus on health equity issues.

Health Equity at Seattle Children’s

  • Center for Diversity and Health Equity Programs

    Learn about our programs, including training providers on evaluating human trafficking in-clinic and deepening physicians’ understanding of core concepts in equity, diversity and inclusion through maintenance of certification (MOC).

  • Redefining Inclusive Healthcare

    Our research values participants of all backgrounds to improve health outcomes in communities everywhere.