Congratulations to the WSHA Health Equity Collaborative participants

January 25, 2023

Thirty teams successfully completed a gap assessment, action planning and implemented projects to improve the delivery of equitable care across Oregon and Washington over the past 18 months. Despite competing priorities, such as COVID-19 surge, workforce turnover and financial constraints, the collaborative continued to experience high rates of participation from over 150 registered team members. This is a testament to the culture of equity and leadership support at the following hospitals and health systems:

Washington Participants:

Cascade Medical​

Confluence Health System​

Jefferson Healthcare​

Kittitas Valley Healthcare​

Klickitat Valley Health​

MultiCare System​

Naval Hospital Bremerton​

North Valley Hospital​

NW Kidney Centers​

Ocean Beach Hospital & Medical Clinics​

Olympic Medical Center​

Providence St. Mary Medical Center​

Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

Pullman Regional Hospital​

Fred Hutch Cancer Center​

Seattle Children’s​

Skagit Valley Hospital​

Skyline Health​

Swedish System​

Virginia Mason Medical Center​

UW Medicine (Harborview, Montlake, Northwest)​

UW Valley Medical Center​

Yakima Valley Memorial​

Whitman Hospital​


Oregon Participants:

Columbia Memorial Hospital​

Lake District Hospital​

OHSU Hospital​

Samaritan Health System​

Sky Lakes Medical Center​

St. Charles Health System​


Examples of equity advancement include improving language access for Spanish-speaking agricultural workers, using patient-identified pronouns, improving capture of race and ethnicity data to 95%, increasing the diversity and representation of patient advisory councils, screening for food insecurity and providing groceries. Teams participated in over 12 hours of dedicated peer coaching and many teams shared detailed presentations of their learning to guide others. In the “all teach, all learn” model, hospitals and health systems shared resources and expertise to catalyze action across the region and expedite dissemination of promising practices.

Congratulations to all the teams and participants who helped to make the first WSHA Health Equity Collaborative a success! All hospitals/health systems who completed the program will receive a certificate of completion in the next few weeks.

To continue the work, beginning in 2023, WSHA will launch three Health Equity Workgroups to dive deeper into three priority areas: Gender-affirming care, equity measures and data analytics, and social determinants of health. Visit the WSHA Health Equity webpage to enroll. (Abigail Berube)



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