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The seeds of the EDIA Initiative were planted in the summer of 2020, following the killing of George
Floyd and the global uprising against anti-Black racism. Both executive leadership and staff across
Health Services were already discussing the importance of this work, even before the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors issued their powerful call for a County-wide antiracist agenda in July

The EDIA Initiative, launched in December of 2020, seeks to identify and root out systemic racism
within Health Services, transform the policies and practices that in the past may have contributed to
inequitable employment and patient care, and create lasting change in our organization and our
community. We are committed to doing whatever we can to end race- and identity-based disparities in
healthcare, and we want to build a culture that makes it safe to have hard conversations, welcomes
diverse perspectives, and creates equitable opportunities for people of all backgrounds.

This multi-year EDIA Initiative engages stakeholders across all sectors of Health Services to bring
their perspectives, experiences, and ideas for change to the table. Together we can build a more
equitable organization through an intentional, phased development process. The initial strategic
planning stage will lay the foundation for the subsequent implementation and evaluation phases of the

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