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

Leadership Support

  • As a grassroots initiative it was critical to garner support, including financial, from departmental leadership.

Identifying the Gaps and Making a Compelling Case

Considering Best Practices

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

Facilitation Materials


The 2020 Initiative: State of the Dept

The 2020 Initiative Roadmap: Summary of Best Practice