From October 2014 through March 2015, the DFMCH sponsored the 2020 Initiative, an effort to engage our statewide department on issues of diversity equity and inclusion. Creation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee was one of the Initiative’s recommendations. The charter for the committee’s formation was approved by the Executive Team on March 25, 2015 and our first meeting launched in August 2015.
- To increase awareness of diversity issues in our geographical community, patient populations, and Department
- To identify and prioritize potential interventions that can increase Department responsiveness to diversity issues
- To develop a strategy that assures a Departmental commitment to health equity, diversity, and inclusion
- As a grassroots initiative it was critical to garner support, including financial, from departmental leadership.
Identifying the Gaps and Making a Compelling Case
- We distributed an electronic cultural climate survey across our statewide department (modifed from Ring, J. Nyquist, J. et al. (2008) Curriculum for Culturally Responsive Health Care: The Step-by-Step Guide for Cultural Competence Training. Radcliffe Oxford)
- This “State of the Department” presentation was videoconferenced across the state to over 125 faculty physicians on October 1, 2014. Material includes evolving demographic data about our state and department (compared to AAMC national trends), results of our climate survey and dispartitiy data in our community.
- This podcast was a presentation given by the authors of the Race to Equity Report on August 6, 2014 showing the shocking disparties that exist in Dane County, WI.
Considering Best Practices
- We held sessions with residency faculty on October 22, 2014 and with community physicians, APPs and clinic managers on December 3, 2014 offering a potential roadmap showing best practices in the arena of diversity and another in health equity and provided opportunites to consider these using an equity and empowerment lens toolkit developed in Multnomah County, OR.
Brainstorming Strategic Intention
- On December 11, 2014 we brought in professional facilitators to assist members from across the statewide department to brainstorm a strategy to address issues of diversity, inclusion and health equity across the educational, research and clnical arms of our department.
- Individual Brainstorm
- Group Priorities
Developing Institutional Structure
The 2020 Initiative: State of the Dept
The 2020 Initiative Roadmap: Summary of Best Practice