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DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging)

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DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging)

Community Health Care is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive learning and working environment, one that nurtures, and development for all.

Importance

Community Health Care values accountability, intersectionality, and the celebration of differences within our visionary environments. A strong commitment to DEIB efforts may help attract and retain skilled and talented employees and partners dedicated to excellence in education, research, patient care, and community and local initiatives. Patients and community partners will benefit from and appreciate surroundings that value respect, empathy, civility, and belonging.

  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Belonging
  • Diversity – The term diversity encompasses all the ways in which people differ from one another. This includes, but is not limited to, social identities such as racial and ethnic identity, gender, sexuality, nation of origin, age, language, ability, and religious/non-religious identities. This can also include additional dimensions, sometimes referred to as ‘achieved identities,’ such as veteran status, socioeconomic status, and marital status, and differences like personality, learning styles, or life experience. Community Health Care recognizes that individuals have multiple intersecting identities which holistically impact their lives, experiences, and perspectives.
  • Equity – The term equity is used to describe the establishment of fair and unbiased access to resources, programs, and opportunities for both participation and advancement for all people regardless of identity or group membership. Equity is both a process and an outcome. From a process perspective, equity is achieved by making systemic changes to structural barriers by developing and implementing procedures and processes through a socially conscious and social justice-oriented lens that seeks to address historical imbalances in power, representation, and access. From an outcome’s perspective, equity is achieved through a fair distribution of resources, opportunities, and evidence of support for the most vulnerable communities at the intersections of protected characteristics. Community Health Care has committed to numerous equity efforts include programs and services that address trauma, truth, and reconciliation activities. (For Example: Ryan White Services, Foster Adoption Clinic)
  • Inclusion – the term inclusion describes the active, intentional, and ongoing creation of an environment that is welcoming to any individual or group, so that they are celebrated, respected, and supported. In an inclusive environment, difference (be it cultural, social, intellectual, generational, neurological, varying mobilities, etc.)  is seen as an opportunity for engagement and connection that can increase self-awareness, knowledge, empathy, and understanding. Inclusion is achieved when individuals of all identities are active contributors to the community. Community Health Care acknowledge the ways in which inequities are embedded in space, laws, curricula, and procedures that must be addressed inclusion practices.
  • Belonging- the term describes an individual’s perceived social support in the organization, a feeling of connectedness, and an experience of feeling accepted, respected, and valued both by one’s peers and within the broader community. Community Health Care highlights the practice of amplification in which every voice within the organization is acknowledged and heard. Creating a culture in which belonging is at the forefront prevents methods of social exclusion.

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that our clinics located across Pierce County on land that has for thousands of years been the traditional territory and home for the Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin Island, and Muckleshoot people.

Our Mission

To provide the highest quality health care with compassionate and accessible service for all.
Please know that our DEIB team is here and available to offer support. Please contact us if we can be of service.

Additional Tools

Glossary

Trainings

Explore Education and Training related tools specific to our four diversity, equity and inclusion & belonging principles.

Resources

  • Resources: Discover a variety of resources using the principles of DEIB (Community Organizations)
  • Resources: Books
    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    • White Fragility, Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo
    • 20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good
    • Quaye, Stephen John, and Shaun R. Harper. Student Engagement in Higher Education: Theoretical Perspectives and Practical Approaches for Diverse Populations. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2014.
    • Sue, Derald Wing. Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2010.
    • CASTE: The origins of our discontents – Isabel Wilkerson
  • Resources: Podcasts
  • Resources: Videos and TEDTalks

Organizations to Follow