The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) has undertaken a transformative Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Antiracism (EDIA) Initiative in response to the recognized public health crisis of racism. The initiative, established in 2021, aims to build a fairer healthcare world for patients and staff through community engagement sessions and developing a strategic plan. Now, the DHS is partnering with FUSE to implement Objective 3 of the project, focusing on a system-wide EDIA capacity-building program for all 30,000 DHS workforce members. FUSE Executive Fellow Alvaro D. Cubides will conduct a landscape analysis, design a comprehensive training curriculum, and oversee the program’s implementation and evaluation. The goal is to embed EDIA principles in the training and actions of healthcare providers, eliminating disparities in healthcare access, treatment, and outcomes based on race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status, ultimately fostering more equitable health outcomes for all LA County residents.

By April 2025, Cubides is expected to have conducted a thorough landscape analysis, designed and implemented a strategic training program, engaged with stakeholders, and established an evaluation process to ensure continuous improvement in achieving systemic change in EDIA capacity within DHS.