Racial Equity

Addressing Structural Racism in More Deliberate and Meaningful Ways

California’s public health care systems have long focused on health equity given their role as large safety net providers in communities of color. However, the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on racial and ethnic groups and the racial unrest of 2020 have further exposed the need to address structural racism in more deliberate and meaningful ways.

Racial Equity Community of Practice

SNI is partnering with the National Equity Project (NEP), an Oakland-based leadership and systems change organization, to co-design and host an 18-month Racial Equity Community of Practice program for a cohort of members who seek to develop leadership capacity to make organizational change, strengthen organizational commitment to anti-racism, and develop strategies to embed equity in all aspects of care.

Photo Credit: CoP participants from UC San Diego Health

Our Approach

The Community of Practice approach:

  • Facilitates a shared understanding and language, and creates a safe space to openly discuss racism
  • Allows members to share learnings, test new approaches, and problem-solve together
  • Provides structured support and 1:1 consulting from expert consultants
  • Customizes content and resources based on member interest and progress
  • Leverages successful practices to advance racial equity in health systems

The Community of Practice includes a level-setting phase and a learning and action phase, which build upon each other to assist public health care systems in forming racial equity teams, laying the foundation for the Community of Practice, and entering into action through NEP’s Liberatory Design framework.

The Community of Practice is funded by the California Health Care Foundation.

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