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Advancing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

“After George Floyd was killed, 156 pediatric residents came together on Zoom. We brainstormed how we could intentionally create an anti-racist residency program,” says Dr. Aisha Barber. She is Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Children’s National Hospital.

The hospital has prioritized DEI since the early 2000s. The initial focus was on recruitment and academic advancement. This included leadership development of faculty and pediatric residents underrepresented in medicine.

Following the Floyd tragedy in 2020, the hospital deepened its commitment to DEI. This included the appointment of its first Chief Diversity Officer.

DIE residents in the auditorium

Children’s National seeks to ensure that all children have equal access to world-class care to achieve good health. Recent projects include supporting the mental wellness of new mothers, improving immigrant access to care and distributing nutritious food to families experiencing food insecurity.

New initiatives, such as Building Equity in Graduate Medical Education (BEING), provides education in health equity and advocacy for pediatric residents. When BEING required philanthropic support. Horacio and Cinthia Rozanski answered the call. Horacio is Chair of the Children’s National Board and President and CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton. “Cinthia and I believe that it’s extraordinarily important for children to be treated by doctors that look and sound like them,” he says. “We are proud of the work that Children’s National does every day to advance equity and inclusion in health care.”

BEING aims to:

  • establish a national standard for training pediatric residents in health equity efforts
  • provide mini grants to residents to increase health care access in our communities
  • prioritize residents’ mental health so they can provide the best patient care

Philanthropy allows Children’s National to educate the next generation of pediatric leaders. In the current class of pediatric residents, 31% identify as underrepresented in medicine. This is well above the national average for residency programs.

Read more about the hospital’s commitment to DEI.