In early 2021, IHQC received grant funding from Cedars-Sinai to engage in a year-long project to explore how IHQC could grow its internal knowledge and skills in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging (DEIAB), identify gaps, and transfer learnings into application across our work. Throughout 2021, the team engaged in several equity and inclusion trainings, reviewed literature and resources, sought input from consultants with subject matter expertise, and leveraged learnings from other organizations’ efforts to advance equity. These trainings, resources, and other materials were rooted in design theory, Human Resources principles around diversity and inclusion, social psychology, social justice, and anti-racism.
Through these initial efforts, IHQC has identified several common themes and best practices in equity, and synthesized those into seven principles. In addition to leveraging our own experiences and piloting tests of change, these principles were more deeply informed by research, frameworks, and recommendations developed by a number of individuals and organizations working to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and belonging, including Design Justice Network, equityXdesign, Global Learning Partners, Inclusion Nation, Lisa Wilson of Coalition of Anti-Racism Education, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals.
IHQC’s efforts to expand our knowledge and skills in advancing equity at the individual employee level, through our program design and delivery, and at the broader institutional level will be ongoing. We invite you to support our learning and growth, and welcome any feedback and questions to further our equity journey.
IHQC commits to the following principles for establishing and sustaining equity in our own work to improve the quality and accessibility of safety net health care.