We Are Called - Confronting Racism to Achieve Health Equity Conversation Series

April 28, May 26, June 30 and July 28
Each from Noon to 12:30 p.m. ET
Join your colleagues from across the Catholic health ministry for a four-part conversation series where CHA members will have the opportunity to share how their organizations are working to meet the goals of our ministry's new collective initiative to confront racism, Confronting Racism to Achieve Health Equity. The live 30-minute conversations will take place once a month through a Zoom meeting, starting in April and ending in July.

The disproportionate effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color and the events leading to the racial justice protests of the past summer shone a bright light on the devastating effects that systemic racism has always had on the lives of many people in this country. While legal segregation has been abolished, its legacy is still present in the institutions that form the foundations of our society – media, government, education, housing, health care and our political and legal systems. It can be hard to identify and understand systemic racism given its pervasive nature, but its impacts are seen in today's social and economic inequities.

Titled "We Are Called," the Confronting Racism by Achieving Health Equity pledge was developed at member request and approved by the CHA Board of Trustees, is the Catholic health ministry's effort to recognize and address the effects of systemic racism and how they impact health. The initiative calls on CHA members to work in four areas: 1) COVID-19 response; 2) Putting Our House in Order; 3) Building Just and Right Community Relationships; 4) Advocating for Policies that Eliminate Health Disparities and Systemic Racism. The initiative will help the ministry take coordinated action, with others committed to this goal, on the work needed to truly dismantle racism and create a society where all can flourish.

We Are Called Conversation IV: Putting Our House in Order

July 28, from Noon to 12:30 p.m. ET

This final conversation in our initial We Are Called series will focus on the call to the Catholic health ministry to examine all aspects of their organizations to ensure they are using their assets to proactively eliminate health disparities. This includes looking at how their organizations provide clinical care; how they recruit, hire, promote and retain employees; how they conduct their business operations, including visible diversity and inclusivity at the decision, leadership and governance levels; and how they incentivize and hold their leaders accountable to ensure they are truly dismantling and not perpetuating racism and inequity. 

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We Are Called Conversation I: Confronting Racism by Achieving Health Equity

April 28, Noon – 12:30 p.m. ET

This opening conversation will discuss how the events of last year have changed the way health care organizations look at systemic racism as the root cause of health disparities. Two CHA members will discuss why raising awareness and understanding of systemic racism and how it manifests itself in medicine are critical first steps to ensure we are working on the right problems and with the right people. In other words, we need to understand whether we are just treating the symptoms (health disparities) without curing the disease (systemic racism). Attendees will be encouraged to share their stories and perspectives.

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Visit the We Are Called site to view resources on systemic racism

We Are Called Conversation II: Advocacy — Conversations on Advancing Policies to Eliminate Health Disparities and Systematic Racism

May 26, from Noon – 12:30 p.m. ET

This second conversation in the series will center on CHA's advocacy priorities and strategies to move the Confronting Racism to Achieve Health Equity pledge forward and feature some of the innovative work of CHA members to open a robust discussion around policy and legislation.

As part of our pledge, we are committed to advocating change to:

  • Eliminate health disparities. We will advocate policies that ensure access to quality health care services for all; end racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes; promote and improve the delivery of culturally competent care; and increase the diversity of the health care work force.
  • Eliminate systemic racism. We will oppose policies that exacerbate or perpetuate economic and social inequities as they greatly contribute to health disparities and systemic racism. We will call for changes to policies that shape people's lives - education, housing, nutrition, criminal justice reform and the environment - so that every man, woman and child in our society may flourish.

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Visit CHA's website to view policy briefs on Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health

We Are Called Conversation III: Building Trusted Community Relationships

June 30, from Noon to 12:30 p.m. ET

Communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The effects of systemic racism in these communities – reflected in higher rates of chronic disease such as asthma and diabetes, less access to health care services, crowded housing, and a higher proportion of front-line jobs with limited sick leave or other protections – have left their residents particularly vulnerable to the pandemic. To help these communities recover and thrive in the future health care organizations need to understand how systemic racism, particularly medicine's role, created the conditions that allowed the pandemic to take such a deadly toll. This conversation will start to explore this question along with how healthcare can partner with these communities to build trust and work to change local policies and institutions that continue to perpetuate systemic racism and its harmful effects.

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Who Should Attend?

  • Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Leaders
  • Human Resources and Talent Management
  • Executive Leadership Team members
  • Chief Medical Officers
  • Chief Nursing Officers
  • Mission Leaders
  • Board Members, particularly of Local Boards
  • Community Benefit/Community Health Leaders
  • Population Health Leaders
  • Strategic Planning Leaders
  • Investment/Portfolio Management Leaders
  • Purchasing/Supplier Management Leaders
  • Advocacy/Government Relations Leaders
  • Sponsors


For more information contact the CHA Service Center or Julie Trocchio, senior director, community benefit and continuing care.