Health Equity

Health Equity Program

As part of our commitment to health equity at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), our Health Equity Program is working to address institutional and systemic racism in health and cancer care.

Eliminating health care disparities at SCCA

Health Equity Advisory Group

This multidisciplinary group advises, consults and supports health equity projects and initiatives throughout SCCA. Based on their professional expertise and lived experiences, these members work collaboratively to create real and meaningful change at SCCA. Group members represent various disciplines, including clinical and administrative staff across the organization.

Mission statement

To eliminate health care disparities within SCCA’s patient population and improve the experience of our patients, families and communities by working collaboratively across the enterprise to dismantle structures that contribute to health inequities.

Vision

Health equity means that all of our patients have fair and just access to the medical care they need. To be truly equitable, we must challenge existing power structures and systemic and societal factors that create obstacles to high quality care for everyone.

Health Equity Advisory Group members are represented by the following departments or groups:

  • Community Benefit
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Enterprise Analytics
  • Fred Hutch Government & Community Relations
  • Patient Access
  • Patient Advisor
  • Patient Experience
  • Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers
  • Quality
  • Revenue Cycle
  • Supportive Care Services 

WSHA Health Equity Collaborative

SCCA is proud to be part of the Washington State Hospital Association (WSHA) Health Equity Collaborative, a network of hospitals working to identify and address health inequities. 

In fall 2021, we began an initiative to improve the collection of race and ethnicity data for new patients. Why is data collection so important? To better understand the equity challenges we’re trying to solve, we need to fully understand who our patients are, so we can ensure everyone is served equitably.  

The phases of the project include doing an in-depth assessment and data review, crafting an action plan and sharing lessons learned with other members of the collective. 
 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Why am I being asked about my race and ethnicity?

We want to make sure all our patients get the best care possible. When you tell us about your racial/ethnic identity, it helps us review treatments and ensure everyone gets the highest quality of care. 

What do my race and ethnicity have to do with my health?

Although we’re all unique individuals, our racial and ethnic identities may mean we have a higher or lower risk of certain diseases. We can work to reduce these risks by making sure everyone gets high-quality health care — including you! 

What will my information be used for?

The information you give us will help us provide better services and programs to everyone.

Who will see my information

Your information is kept private and confidential and is protected by law. The only people who will see your information are members of your care team and others who are legally authorized to see your medical records. 

Isn’t it illegal to ask about race and ethnicity?

No, it’s not illegal to ask. Collecting and reporting race and ethnicity data is legal under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. But you can choose not to answer. 

Who are you collecting this information from?

We are collecting this information from all patients.

I identify with multiple races or ethnicities. What should I choose?

It’s up to you. You can choose the race and/or ethnicity categories you identify with, and we’ll update your records based on what you tell us.

What if I don’t know my race or ethnicity?

If you don’t know your race or ethnicity, you can choose not to answer these questions.

Will you ask questions about my citizenship status?

No. We will never ask you any questions about citizenship or documentation. 

What if I don’t want to answer these questions?

It’s OK if you do not want to answer some or all of the questions. Whether you answer the questions or not, we will provide you with the best possible care. 

What if I have concerns about the quality of care I am receiving?

If you have concerns about the quality of the care you’re receiving, please contact Patient Relations at (206) 606-1056 or ptrelate@seattlecca.org.

Learn more about the Health Equity Program

For more information about SCCA’s Health Equity Program, please contact:
Tiffany Go, MPA
Program Manager, Patient Engagement & Equity