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Inclusive Language and Health Equity Resources
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Resources for medical professionals to learn about building trust with their patients.

Inclusive Language and Health Equity Resources

The WSMA and WSMA Foundation identified the need to mitigate the harm of racism perpetuated throughout medicine and set a goal to develop a plan for physicians and PAs to build authentic relationships of trust with diverse communities through mentorship, education, and community support programs.

This web page is a starting point for medical professionals to learn about building trust with their patients.

Thank you to Danny Sargent, MHA and Shaline John, MHA for compiling and sharing these resources.

Additional Resources & Further Reading

Relationships of Trust presentation PowerPoint slides [to be provided closer to the presentation date]

WA State Health Coalitions

Community Health Board Coalition - CHBC is comprised of the 15 local Health Boards listed below. Websites are provided where available.

For Further Reading

Achieving racial and ethnic equity in U.S. health care. Scorecard | Commonwealth Fund. (2021, November 18). Retrieved April 25, 2022.

Bailey, Z. D., Feldman, J. M., & Bassett, M. T. (2021). How structural racism works — racist policies as a root cause of U.S. racial health inequities. New England Journal of Medicine, 384(8), 768–773.

Guidelines for Inclusive Language. Linguistic society of america. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2, 2022

Heal overview: AHA. American Hospital Association. (n.d.). Retrieved April 25, 2022

IFDHE AHA Institute for Diversity and Health Equity. (n.d.). The health equity roadmap. The Health Equity Roadmap. Retrieved April 25, 2022

Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Understanding and Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care, Smedley, B. D., Stith, A. Y., & Nelson, A. R. (Eds.). (2003). Unequal Treatment: Confronting Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care. National Academies Press (US).

Josh, L., & Casey, K. (2017). Social determinants of health: How are hospitals and health systems investing in and addressing social needs? (pp. 1–22). Deloitte.

Office of Minority Health U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2013, April). National standards for culturally ... - think cultural health. National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care: A Blueprint for Advancing and Sustaining CLAS Policy and Practice. Retrieved April 26, 2022

PatientEngagementHIT. (2017, August 7). Doc biases hinder patient-provider communication, outcomes. PatientEngagementHIT. Retrieved May 2, 2022

Racial and health equity: Concrete steps for health systems. (n.d.). Retrieved May 2, 2022

Soled, D. (2021). Distributive Justice as a Means of Combating Systemic Racism in Healthcare. Voices in Bioethics, 7.

Sullivan, D., & Simmons, M. (2021, January 25). Incorporating inclusive language. Advisory Board. Retrieved May 2, 2022

Task force recommendations to address racism | Mount Sinai—New York. (n.d.). Mount Sinai Health System. Retrieved April 30, 2022

The Family Institute at Northwestern University. (2022, February 7). Inclusive language guide. NU-MAC. Retrieved May 2, 2022

Thoroughgood, C. N., Sawyer, K. B., & Webster, J. R. (2021, August 27). Creating a trans-inclusive workplace. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved May 2, 2022

Wispelwey, B., & Morse, M. (2021, March 17). An antiracist agenda for medicine. Boston Review; Boston Review.

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