Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Taking action today to build an equitable tomorrow

“Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.”

– Robert Alan Silverstein

Why is Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (HEDI) at UCLA Health important?

At UCLA Health, we believe a diverse and inclusive health care workforce and environment results in better care, service and health outcomes for our patients. We also believe that our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion will result in greater productivity, innovation and engagement of our staff and patients.

UCLA Health welcomes all people and values their unique characteristics and experiences. We are committed to building stronger work relationships with each other and providing high-quality, equitable health care to the diverse patient populations that we serve.

How does UCLA Health define Health Equity?

Health Equity is when everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

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Meet Mikel Whittier: UCLA Health Director, Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

In this Q&A, Whittier shares his vision for HEDI initiatives at UCLA Health

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How does UCLA Health define Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?

  • Equity is when everyone has fair and just opportunities to achieve equitable outcomes regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, culture, national origin, religious beliefs, age, disability status or political perspective.
  • Diversity is a variety of personal experiences, values and world views that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, culture, national origin, religious beliefs, age, disability status or political perspective. We value and respect our collective similarities and differences.
  • Inclusion is when everyone feels welcomed, engaged and valued.

What we believe:

  • Change must happen now to strive toward racial justice and equity
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion = greater productivity, innovation and engagement
  • Diverse, inclusive workforce enhances patient care, service and health outcomes
  • Ongoing racially-based social and health injustices teach us we need to do more together
  • Collaboration is essential to clinical care, research, education, community engagement

We are committed to:

  • Advancing equity and justice for staff and the diverse patients and communities we serve
  • Intentional actions embracing anti-racism and anti-bias principles
  • Comprehensive review of programs and practices to identify opportunities for improvement
  • Regular, ongoing dialogue with staff to co-develop detailed action plans

What’s underway?

  • UCLA Health became one of the first health care systems in the country to fund an executive position and office to advance health equity among all patient populations
  • We’ve made the appointment of Medell Briggs-Malonson, MD, MPH, MSHS to the position of Chief, Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the UCLA Hospital & Clinic System.
  • We’ve implemented equity, diversity, inclusion and anti-bias training requirement for managers and executives
  • We are increasing efforts to recruit, train, and promote a diverse workforce and management positions
  • We are identifying areas of underserved populations to expand access to health care
  • We are developing new data structures and programs to ensure equitable care to diverse patients and communities

What is the Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework?

We’ve developed a comprehensive plan with 5 key objectives to advance health equity, diversity and inclusion.

  1. Advance access, equity and opportunity among staff
  2. Support organizational learning to achieve cultural humility, anti-racism and bias elimination
  3. Build a supportive workplace and clinical environment
  4. Ensure equitable patient access, care and service
  5. Enhance community service and engagement

Contact Us

We welcome your ideas on how to best co-develop our future steps to achieve an equitable and inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and circumstances. Contact UCLA Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at [email protected]