At ZSFG, we believe everyone should have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Equity is different from equality: People with the greatest needs and fewest resources require more support to equalize opportunities and health outcomes.
Our goals are to address ongoing concerns about health disparities for San Francisco’s populations of color and create an anti-racism environment where all members of our community feel valued:
We are reviewing health outcomes to identify disparities and designing interventions to eliminate these inequities.
We are giving our staff the tools to build a culture of equity, inclusion, and belonging.
CURRENT EXAMPLES OF HEALTH DIFFERENCES
COVID-19 and its impact on the Latinx community
In San Francisco, there is a higher rate of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and death within the Latino/a/x and Black/African American communities.
- 15% of the population of San Francisco is Latino/a/x
- 50% of all Covid-19 cases in San Francisco are from the Latino/a/x population
- 70% of cases treated at ZSFG are Latino/a/x
Advancing Equity Strategic Plan
ZSFG’s Advancing Equity Strategic Plan focuses on three areas:
- Reducing health disparities for our patients
- Ensuring equitable experiences for our workforce
- Advancing an overall culture of equity, inclusion, and anti-racism
We are implementing this strategy through the following initiatives:
Patient & Community Engagement
Building mechanisms for feedback from underserved patients and community members on equity and inclusion efforts.
Increasing external and internal communication regarding ZSFG’s DEI efforts and opportunities for staff to participate.
Reviewing and modifying hiring, promotion, and retention policies and practices to ensure equitable treatment and to build a workforce that reflects the patient population and community demographics.
Providing resources and training to support managers, supervisors, and staff to create inclusive and equitable workplace cultures.
Increasing support for departments to incorporate equity “drivers” into their performance improvement efforts.
Investing in ZSFG staff as equity and inclusion leaders across the hospital.
The ZSFG Equity Council
In 2017, ZSFG established an Equity Council with hospital leaders, front-line staff, and clinicians to empower our community to eliminate inequities and promote inclusion.
The Equity Council advises and supports ZSFG’s Department of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) and the overall organization on DEI matters. As an influential and collective voice, the Equity Council holds ZSFG Executive Leadership and the ZSFG DEI Department accountable in leading the ZSFG community in dismantling institutional and structural racism and building a culture of equity, respect, and inclusion.
The Equity Council is led by Co-Chairs Andrea Turner and Tanvi Bhakta.
Equity Council Members
Assistant Director, Inpatient Obstetrics
Chief Operating Officer
Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation
Radiology Care Navigator, Radiology
Chief Clerk, Patient Access
Respiratory Therapist, Anesthesia
Positive Health Nurse, Ward 86
Medical Director, Medical/Surgical Care
Medical Director, Risk Management; Chief Medical Experience Officer
Director of Anesthesia Quality Improvement, Anesthesia
Medical Director, Family Health center
Physician Assistant, Hematology-Oncology/4C Infusion Center
Nursing Director, Specialty Care
Nurse Manager, Medical/Surgical Care
Risk Manager, Quality Management
Associate Chief Medical Officer; Medical Director, Quality Management and Kaizen Promotion Office