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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Statement from Our Leadership

We’re pained, frustrated and grieving. We stand with the community we’ve served for more than 150 years.

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At Children’s National, we are working to create a culture that leverages our differences to achieve excellence. We promote and practice compassion, commitment and connection in order to create strong partnerships with the community, our staff members, our patients and their families.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee was founded on the premise that creating a climate that fosters belonging, respect and value for all leads to innovation, increased performance, increased staff engagement and the ability to positively impact patient satisfaction. Our committee is focused on increasing inclusion amongst our faculty by:

  • Enhancing recruitment, retention and advancement of faculty that is underrepresented in medicine (URM)
  • Promoting diversity amongst trainees
  • Implementing unconscious bias training: our clinicians need to understand cultural competencies and metrics for working with marginalized children in their community

Fostering Health Equity in the Community

Health equity ensures that all people have access to services and opportunities that enable healthy living. We practice equity-mindedness through health programs that help marginalized children in the community. We also work with the community to promote career opportunities and mentorship programs at Children’s National:

  • Community Benefit Program. Children’s National extends beyond diversity and inclusion to help build communities where every child can grow up stronger. Our Community Benefit Program provides treatment, or promotes health and healing, as a response to identified community needs.
  • School Health Collaborative. We understand that children spend much of their time in school; therefore we envision a school-friendly health care system designed to ensure all children reach optimal health and achieve their full academic potential. For more than two decades, our School Health Collaborative has served the school system by providing more than two dozen school-based programs (including oral health, mental health, reproductive health and school nursing) and administering 20 school-based health centers in three public school jurisdictions.
  • Mentorship and career opportunities. Through a variety of community partnerships and programs, we introduce adolescents, teenagers and medical students to a future in medicine. We also provide them with access to biomedical research opportunities.


We support our LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer) patients through several programs and services:

Read more about LGBTQ+ support resources at Children’s National.

Resources for Families

Children’s National offers services to ensure that patients and families are connected to support systems while receiving world-class treatment at our hospital: