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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Our Commitment to Diversity

We support our community and promote workplace equity and inclusion as part of our mission to create a better future for children and their families.

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Healthcare Equality Index Leader Award 2022

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.

Our efforts to create a more diverse residency program have been recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, which honored our Pediatric Residency Program with the 2022 Barbara Ross-Lee, DO Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award. The award recognizes programs working to diversity the underrepresented physician workforce and create inclusive workplaces.

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 employees, faculty, students, trainees and volunteers by working with the following subcommittees:

Fostering Health Equity in the Community

Health equity ensures that all people have access to services and opportunities that enable healthy living. To raise awareness about health equity, our team performs research and seeks to effect change through health programs that help children in our community who experience inequities. We also work with the community to promote career opportunities and mentorship programs at Children’s National:

  • Advancing health equity. There is clear evidence showing that structural racism is responsible for significant health disparities for people of color. Through research, community partnerships and advocacy, we are combating these serious public health concerns.
  • 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 healthcare 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.

Contact Us

Have a question about diversity, equity and inclusion at Children's National? Please contact Chief Diversity Officer Denice Cora-Bramble, M.D., M.B.A.