Diversity matters in healthcare. Disparities in access to healthcare and in health outcomes persist for members of marginalized social groups, based on race, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability status. The biases that individuals in healthcare hold about patients from different groups can and do impact their ability to get the best possible medical treatment, making this social justice issue a matter of life and death.

In 2008, the Missouri Foundation for Health awarded NCCJ St. Louis a two-year grant to develop and launch the Inclusion Institute for Healthcare (IIH). This intensive training model addresses diversity, cultural competency, and health literacy, preparing leaders in the healthcare sector to make changes that tackle persistent health disparities.

Since its inception, the IIH has reached more than 200 people across Missouri and Illinois. NCCJ is proud to have partnered with Barnes Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine, and University of Chicago School of Medicine to deliver the IIH to leaders within their organizations.

Washington University School of Medicine and University of Missouri – Columbia Health System have also sponsored faculty and staff as candidates for NCCJ’s FaciliTrainer Certification Program, helping them build internal capacity to strengthen training and education on diversity and inclusion.