Racism affects health outcomes. As a result, healthcare organizations can take specific action steps to work towards creating change and practicing anti-racism.
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How can healthcare organizations address racism? Organizational racism does exist and is defined as giving privilege associated with “whiteness” while disadvantaging people of color, which leads to inequity based on race. The following action steps can be taken to begin the process of removing racism in a healthcare organization:
- Raise awareness of how racism may exist within your organization.
- Create accountability. Providing opportunities for people of color matters to any organization. It is therefore necessary to set up metrics to track and measure this goal.
- Invest in anti-racism. For example, adjust your budget by investing as an organization in the time and effort needed to create radical change.
- Transform the leadership and board of directors. For example, evidence shows that when you have racial diversity at the decision-making table, you are more likely to have successful outcomes for populations underserved by healthcare.
- Stay informed. For example, consult resources like this one: https://www.racialhealthequity.org/ may be useful.
In conclusion, use this as a guide to take action steps to address the culture, policies and practices in a healthcare organization, as well as make positive differences in the lives and well-being of people of color.
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