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To support health centers in their efforts to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within their organizations and in their communities, the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved will be piloting a two-day intensive JEDI Champion Train-the-Trainer event. The training is intended to help develop and enhance the skills of health center champions working towards organizational JEDI goals. Representatives from two health centers will be selected to participate in the training which will take place at ACU’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. on October 20 and 21, 2022. Thanks to the generous support of the Centene Corporation, each participating health center will receive a stipend of $2500 to help cover costs for sending their representative(s).
Eligibility and selection criteria:
Health centers may apply to send one or two representatives to participate in the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Champion Train-the-Trainer Pilot Event. Only one payment of $2500 will be provided to each health center regardless of the number of representatives participating in the training. Payment will be provided upon completion of the training by the health center representative(s).
Who should attend the training:
- Individuals who are passionate about JEDI and regularly engage in self-learning to grow professionally and personally
- Individuals who are in a position to facilitate and inform health center JEDI efforts (from staff members participating in JEDI Committees to Chief Equity Officers)
- Health centers must demonstrate its commitment to prioritize JEDI within their organization. Examples include:
- Formalized JEDI action plan
- Inclusion of JEDI in the organization’s strategic plan
- The establishment of a formal JEDI Committee
- Appointment of a Chief Equity Officer or other leadership position accountable for advancing JEDI
- Inclusion of JEDI roles of responsibilities in job descriptions
- Budget line item for JEDI activities
- Representatives must be in a position to help plan and facilitate a minimum of quarterly JEDI educational activities that are open to all health center employees (required or optional). These may include trainings, JEDI reflection sessions (e.g., reflecting on an article or podcast), or other such activities aimed to reduce bias and discrimination and advance JEDI in the organization and/or community.
- Health centers must agree to conduct evaluations for the following JEDI activities in the 12-months following the JEDI Champion training:
- Employee evaluations of quarterly JEDI educational events
- Evaluation completed by the JEDI Champion after leading or facilitating educational events to assess the usefulness of skills and knowledge gained from the JEDI Champion training.
ACU will develop evaluation forms. Health Centers may add questions to the evaluation form for their own quality improvement purposes.
- Potential JEDI Champions from organizations that meet the above criteria will be asked to complete a separate questionnaire to describe their interest in attending the JEDI Champion Train-the-Trainer event. Optional demographic information will also be collected to support ACU’s efforts to be inclusive.
In addition to the eligibility criteria above, preference will be given to:
- Health centers that have a JEDI Committee established or willing to establish such committee.
- Health centers that incorporate JEDI responsibilities into the JEDI Champions job description as a way to ensure that time is carved out for JEDI activities, JEDI Champions are compensated for their technical and emotional labor, and performance is measured based on their growth and success in advancing JEDI within the organization.
Note: While ACU uses “JEDI” to describe organizational efforts to advance justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion; this phrase and acronym does not need to be used by health centers to describe their own efforts.
For questions, please email Sabrina Edgington at email@example.com.