Location: Renton, Washington
Internal Number: EQUIT002957
Join WPMG's new Equity Governance Collaborative!
Washington Permanente Medical Group (WPMG), the largest multi-specialty provider group in Washington providing medical services for Kaiser Permanente of Washington, is looking for several community members to help guide its equity and anti-racism work. Be part of our efforts to improve the healthcare system for all patients, staff and our community.
About WPMG's Equity Governance Collaborative
The Equity Governance Collaborative (EGC) is a new governance committee of Washington Permanente Medical Group (WMPG). In 2018, WPMG's Board of Directors prioritized equity as a corporate value and began a journey to address racism and health inequities within its medical practices. WPMG is committed and accountable to becoming the best place to give and receive care.
To this end, the WPMG Board of Directors recently approved an anti-racism strategic plan. It details specific commitments and strategies for which the Board will be accountable for achieving across the organization. The plan focuses on a variety of areas including improvements in clinical care, leadership development and human resources, training and education, policies and procedures, community and patient engagement, financial stewardship, board governance and advocacy. A high-level overview of WPMG's commitments is available here WPMG Anti-Racism Strategic Plan
The Equity Governance Collaborative is a new WPMG Board committee . EGC is charged with driving and supporting the successful implementation of this anti-racism strategic plan. EGC is collaborative in spirit; the committee is not the place where equity, inclusion, and diversity (EID) work is "housed." Rather, it provides structure, coordinates activities, evaluates progress and ensures accountability to WPMG Board's anti-racism strategic plan. It also serves as a resource to leaders and staff doing anti-racism/EID work and interacts with the many initiatives already underway in our organization.
WPMG is seeking thirteen community members to join as full, voting members of this new committee. The expertise and perspectives of members of the community are central to this work.
The Equity Governance Collaborative consists of the following members:
- 13 community members
- 4 WPMG committee representatives; specifically, the chair or designee from each of the four standing committees: Executive, Board Development, Compensation & Benefits, and Finance & Strategy
- 1 Medical Director of Equity Inclusion Diversity (EID) or designee
- 1 Medical Director of Healthcare Pathways or designee
- 1 Medical Program Director of Health Equity, Thriving Families
- 1 WPMG Medical Director for Research and Translation
- 1 WPMG Vice President-Human Resources or designee
Members will be active participants of the Collaborative which, collectively, is responsible for the following duties:
- Monitor, audit and ensure forward momentum on the WPMG Board's anti-racism strategic plan (e.g., which committee or team is doing what, by when, coordinating work streams).
- Support and serve as a resource to the WPMG Board and its committees/leaders in the successful implementation and periodic review of the plan.
- Prepare and coordinate a governance dashboard to assess progress.
- Ensure the appropriate level of collaboration and alignment between the WPMG Board's anti-racism work and related organizational work, functioning as one part of the ecosystem of equity teams and initiatives across the organization.
- Ensure broad community voice and build connections with patients, front-line staff and community organizations to advance the WPMG Board's anti-racism strategic plan.
- Support the professional and personal learning of WPMG Board and committee members in undoing systemic racism.
- Work with and provide recommendations to the WPMG Board to embed an anti-racism and equity lens in all that we do, and
- Other committee duties as assigned.
Time Commitment and Compensation
Additional hours may be required based on interest, availability and EGC workgroup participation.
The thirteen community members selected to this Collaborative will receive a $3000 stipend to support their participation.
Attributes valued for applicants
In reviewing applications, WPMG will look for individuals who bring the following attributes:
- Deeply committed to a shared vision of creating the best place for everyone to give and receive care; to eliminating health disparities for patients and creating a good work environment for staff.
- Commitment to the success of WPMG Board's anti-racism strategic plan.
- Ability to remain curious, open-minded, innovative and creative in advancing the work.
- A willingness to learn and engage fully in conversations about racism.
- Ability to facilitate learning across the ecosystem of equity teams and initiatives in our organization.
- Ability to work with members of the team in a spirit of collaboration.
- Serve as a resource to and support team members to achieve shared goals.
- Has the time and capacity to be an active member of the Collaborative.
- Is on time and keeps commitments.
- Respects the confidentiality of all proprietary information.
- Engages fully in the work.
Knowledge and Experience
- Knowledge of and/or interest in learning about the history and present state of health disparities and racism in health care.
- Strong understanding of equity, inclusion, diversity (EID) and anti-racism work.
- Prior experience advancing EID/anti-racism initiatives.
- Experience in building community relationships and outreach.
Interviews will be held during Spring-Summer 2023
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Jane Dulski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-630-4365.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to answer the following questions. A resume and/or cover letter is not required for this position.
- Why do you want to serve on WPMG's Equity Governance Collaborative?
- Please describe your commitment to and experience with advancing health equity and supporting anti-racism policies and practices.
- What experiences, skills, or qualifications do you have that would help you be successful in this role?
- Is there anything else you would like to share with us?