Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

~Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

National CLAS Standards Culturally and Linquistically Appropriate Services

Services that are respectful of and responsive to each person's culture and communication needs.

Helps take into account: Cultural health beliefs, preferred languages, health literacy levels, communication needs.

"Many Americans struggle to achieve good health because the health care and services that are available to them do not adequately address their needs. As our nation becomes increasingly diverse, improving cultural and linguistic competency across public health and our health care system can be one of our most powerful levers for advancing health equity."

~J.Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health

"To build a healthier America for all, we must confront the systems and policies that have resulted in the generation injustice that has given rise to health inequities...

Achieving health equity requires focused and ongoing societal efforts to address historical and contemporary injustices; overcome economic, social, and other obstacles to health and healthcare; and eliminate preventable health disparities."

- CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • We all smile in the same language.

  • Human race

    human beings in general; humankind

  • Equity and Equality are embedded in the GLOBAL GOALS. Equality same resources. Equity based on what each person needs.

Forty years ago, the 134 national government members of the WHO signed the Alma Ata Declaration. The Declaration made Primary Health Care (PHC) the official health policy of all members countries. Emerging from the conference was the consensus that health was a human right based on the principles of equity and community participation. Alma Ata broadened the perception of health beyond doctors and hospitals to social determinants and social justice.


In order to better engage with the public on well-being, it is important to explore ways to include individuals and groups personal stories of well-being and resilience.

- International World Health Organization

When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.

- Dalai Lama

The expert group considered the work of the 2014 Lancet Commission on Culture and Health, which argued that “the systematic neglect of culture in health and health care is the single biggest barrier to advancement of the highest attainable standard of health worldwide.”

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Equity and Equality are embedded in the GLOBAL GOALS so it's important to understand the difference between the two concepts.  Equality means providing everyone with the same resources.  Equity is when resources are shared based on what each person needs.

ACCESS and EQUITY means the policies and approaches to ensure education and training is responsive to the diverse needs of individuals, including people who face barriers due to cultural differences, age, disability, language, gender, literacy, etc.