Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Implementation Toolkit

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The George Washington University (GW) Cancer Center's Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Implementation Toolkit was designed to help multidisciplinary cancer care teams identify key organizational priorities for DEIJ and initiate organizational change. 

This toolkit is based on a pilot training series in which the GW Cancer Center, The Medstar Health Research Institute and Washington Cancer Institute, and Howard University Cancer Center collaborated in assembling three task forces comprised of clinicians, community health workers, clinical research coordinators, nurse managers, and physicians from multiple cancer care institutions located in Washington, DC to support their DEIJ efforts. 

Each session outlines its learning objectives and priorities, and provides learning materials including worksheets, slide decks, and presentation recordings. 


Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what is implicit bias and how it can affect patient health outcomes.
  • Assess personal baseline prior to implementing organizational change. 
  • Assess your organization’s current DEIJ policies, practices, and atmosphere. 

Learning Materials:

Take the Course: Implicit Bias: A Practical Guide for Healthcare Settings

Foundations & Frameworks:

Enhanced National CLAS Standards (PDF)

DC Health Equity Framework (PDF)

Session 1: Introduction to DEIJ Implementation

Learning Objectives:

  • Define key terminology related to diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) principles, including assessment metrics
  • Recognize opportunities for organizational improvement using DC Health Equity framework.
  • Assess organizational culture for racial equity through standardized measurements. 
  • Describe and identify DEIJ organizational assessment metrics.

Learning Materials:

Take the Course: Together, Equitable, Accessible, Meaningful (TEAM) Training

Session 1: Organizational Assessment Worksheet (PDF)

Session 1: Introduction to DEIJ Implementation Slides (PDF)

Session 1: Introduction to DEIJ Implementation

Learning Resources:

Joint Commission: Certification Program 

Joint Commision: Health Equity Resources

Joint Commision: R3 to Reduce Health Disparities PDF

Session 2: Yolanda Lewis-Ragland, Culturally-Appropriate Care

Learning Objectives:

  • Define key terminology related to cultural humility, cultural responsiveness and cultural appropriate care. 
  • Describe culturally-appropriate care for patients whose native language is not English.
  • Describe organizational culture that prioritizes the social needs of historically marginalized patient populations.
  • Assess organizational culture for cultural appropriateness through standardized measurements.

Learning Materials:

Session 2: Organizational Assessment Worksheet (PDF)

Session 2: Culturally-Appropriate Care Slides (PDF)

Session 2: Culturally-Appropriate Care

Learning Resources:

Health Equity Toolbox

Session 3: Christopher King, Healthy, Equitable Communities & Community Engagement

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe social determinants of health and how they affect cancer outcomes.
  • Explain key components of healthy and equitable communities.
  • Explain what reciprocal community partnerships look like.
  • Describe community engagement, continuous improvement and accountability.
  • Assess organization’s community engagement culture through standardized measurements.

Learning Materials:

Session 3: Organizational Assessment Worksheet (PDF)

Session 3: Healthy Equitable Communities and Community Engagement Slides (PDF)

Session 3: Healthy Equitable Communities and Community Engagement

Learning Resources:

Dr King's Race, Place and Structural Racism: A Review of Health and History in Washington, DC

Session 4: LaQuandra Nesbitt, Communicating Equity to Stakeholders & Inclusive Governance

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify strategies for disseminating institutional values to key partners.
  • Assess organizational capacity and infrastructure to communicate DEIJ values/ commitments.
  • Describe inclusive and equitable governance.
  • Assess organizational culture for inclusive and equitable governance.
  • Assess organizational inclusivity through standardized measurements.

Learning Materials:

Session 4: Organizational Assessment Worksheet (PDF)

Session 4: Communicating Equity to Stakeholders & Inclusive Governance Slides (PDF)

Session 4: Communicating Equity to Stakeholders & Inclusive Governance

Session 5 & 6: Action Planning & Implementation

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify areas for organizational improvement based on organizational assessment (exercises from past sessions).
  • Identify action planning principles for health and equitable communities.
  • Present action plan to address priority areas for health equity advancements. 

Learning Materials:

Write your SMARTIE Goals (Word Doc)

Session 5: Action Plan (PDF)

Session 5: Action Planning

Learning Resources:

Transforming Healthcare Organizations (PDF)

By this point, your action plan should be created based on the organizational priorities you have identified in preceding sessions. The following sessions are intended to support action plans, generate opportunities for further consideration, and continue to develop institutional change from a variety of levels, including within your own teams and institutional backdrops.  

Session 7: Tess DeVos & Emily Thatcher, Utilizing Staff and Community Perspectives to Improve Social Needs Screening & Resource Connection

Session 7: Webinar Recording

Session 7: Slide deck

Session 8: Priscilla Wang, Making the Business Case for DEIJ

Session 8: Webinar Recording

Session 8: Slide deck

Session 9: Morgan Black, Optimizing Race, Ethnicity, & Language (REaL) and SOGI Data Collection

Session 9: Webinar Recording

Session 9: Slide deck

Session 11: Devyn Woodfield, Developing Data Driven Dashboards for Change

Session 11: Webinar Recording

Session 11: Slide deck

Session 12: Andres Gonzalez, Lessons Learned in Standing Up JEDI Strategy

Session 12: Webinar Recording

Session 12: Slide deck

Session 13: Aswita Tan-McGrory, Applying an Equity Framework to Patient Safety Events and Root Cause Analysis

Session 13: Webinar Recording

Session 13: Slide deck

For additional information, fact sheets, and continuing learning, please refer to below:

Resources for Continuing Learning:

10 Key Components of Healthy Equitable Communities

Building Cultural Competence (PDF)

Listen: Podcast, Joel Weissman on Hospitals Addressing Racism

Organizational Strategies for Building Cultures of Equity: Accountability, Culture and Transparency (PDF)

Raising the Bar: Framework for Promoting Equity and Excellence in Healthcare

Strategies for Equitable Community Engagement (PDF)

The Case for the Enhanced National CLAS Standards (PDF)

The Color of Law NPR Interview

Watch: Improving LGBTQ+ Care and Equity in Oncology

Resources for Organizations:

I Want You to Know Posters (in English, Spanish and Chinese)

Patient-Centered Care Posters

You Are Welcome Here Posters

This work was supported by cooperative agreement U01DP006639 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The work does not necessarily reflect the views of the CDC.

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