As this past year has proven and exposed, through devastating effects of COVID and the uprisings for racial justice, it is the most marginalized communities that carry the weight of injustice, having a lasting effect on their individual health and the health of the community. Our UW Medicine Office of Healthcare Equity (OHCE) Community Advisory Council was created to guide and support the OHCE in fostering relationships with individuals, groups, and organizations in the communities we serve. The council will in part facilitate the engagement of these communities as partners in identifying and reducing inequities in our healthcare delivery and health outcomes for all patients. It is our responsibility to be involved with our communities and to hear the voices of those historically not heard when it comes to issues to equitable healthcare delivery.
The primary responsibilities of the UW Medicine OHCE Community Advisory Council include:
• Informing UW Medicine OHCE about healthcare delivery, research, and health equity priorities from the perspective of specific communities or populations.
• Advising UW Medicine OHCE leaders on best practices or emerging strategies in identifying and recruiting staff at all levels from our diverse communities of qualified candidates.
• Providing guidance and leadership to UW Medicine OHCE in policy advocacy with state and local legislators on matters regarding the provision of healthcare services to diverse communities.
• Advising and collaborating on how best to coordinate and implement UW Medicine OHCE sponsored community-based events.
If you are interested in joining our Community Advisory Council, please follow this link.