This episode of the Inclusive Enterprise Podcast features a conversation with Giovanna Giuliani Executive Director, California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) and Dr. Minako Watabe, Chief Medical Officer, Ventura County Medical Center about the innovative and effective Racial Equity Community of Practice program led by The California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) that is providing new strategies for health equity in California.
Health care organizations are on the front-lines of addressing health equity. They play key roles in delivering care, offering products to access care, as employers, and as social safety nets in their communities. Leaders from hospitals, health systems, and health plans are searching for ways to address health equity within their organizations and the communities they serve. They are seeking to understand how they can confront systemic racism and bias and reduce health disparities.
In 2022, the Safety Net Institute (SNI) launched the Racial Equity Community of Practice in partnership with the National Equity Project (NEP) and with funding from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF). The Racial Equity Community of Practice has been instrumental in fostering public health care system collaboration and driving progress in the realm of health equity through a systemic approach. Over 18 months, public health care systems worked collaboratively to pave the way to strengthen anti-racism strategies and integrate equity into the fabric of their institutional culture, practices, and policies. California’s safety net provides both hospital and outpatient care to anyone who needs it, regardless of insurance status, immigration status, ability to pay, or any other circumstance.
Listen to this episode “Advancing Racial Equity Across California’s Public Health Systems.” Co-hosts Charlotte and Brian Hughes enjoy a thoughtful conversation with Giovanna Giuliani Executive Director, California Health Care Safety Net Institute (SNI) who oversees the Racial Equity Community of Practice, and Dr. Minako Watabe, Chief Medical Officer, Ventura County Medical Center representing one of the twelve community of practice member health providers.
Key Insights Shared Include:
-The Mission and inspiration for the SNI Racial Equity Community of Practice
-Expectations and key takeaways during the CoP experience
-Phase Two focus of the Racial Equity CoP
-What makes this CoP approach so successful
This initiative serves as a role model for hospitals and health systems across the country to emulate, which is why the Inclusive Enterprise Podcast wanted to communicate and celebrate the effort.
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