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Health Equity Listening Sessions

Last year the legislature passed Senate Bill 5529 which added health equity training to the continuing education requirements for health care providers. This does not increase the number of CME needed. The Department of Health (DOH), in conjunction with boards and commissions, is the rule-making authority that determines if a course fulfills existing continuing education requirements.

To best understand what should be included, the DOH is reaching out to anyone who may have experienced health inequities or racism in the health care system to participate in listening sessions. This is an effort to learn how people are harmed due to inequities in the health care system. Sharing is voluntary and there is an option for written comments. Listening sessions will be held via Microsoft Teams on:

  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022, from 5pm to 6pm 
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 10am to 11am 
  • Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 5pm to 6pm 
  • Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 10am to 11am 

Sharing your story will help create rules for health equity continuing education that has input from individuals, communities, and health care workers. Advocacy groups and health care professional associations are also invited. 

To join, use the link below. Each session has the capacity for 250 attendees. If a session fills up please consider attending another one.  

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Microsoft Teams meeting
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+1 564-999-2000,,114577531# United States, Olympia
Phone Conference ID: 114 577 531#

The DOH recognizes that sharing experiences about this subject may be difficult. They recognize and appreciate the emotional labor that will take place. They will make an intentional effort to create a safe space for participants and staff during this process. 

During these sessions, DOH will ask the following questions:

  • What does health equity mean to you?
  • What are your experiences with health inequities and how have they affected you?
  • How can health care professionals improve so that they are providing fair healthcare?
  • Is there anything else DOH needs to take into consideration?

If you are unable to attend but want to share your experience please send written comments via email to