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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion




Creating an inclusive culture for all

At Rady Children’s, we are dedicated to creating a safe and welcoming environment where all families feel empowered and supported. Through our commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), we are creating an environment in which people feel celebrated for their differences. We are working together to reinforce health equity and anti-racist practices to ensure every patient receives the highest quality care.

A word from our Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

“Rady Children’s is taking action to become more diverse and inclusive and continually build on our human-centered culture of compassion and care.”

“When it comes to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility, everybody has a role and every voice matters. We are committed to learning, engaging, adapting and taking necessary action to drive meaningful change.”

“We are strengthening our DEI Council, forming new Team Resource Groups and championing a purpose-driven DEI strategy and multi-year plan with the goal of fostering joy, innovation and collaboration in order to continue providing high-quality, equitable care to our patients and families.”

Nancy Maldonado Chief
Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Our DEI Council

At Rady Children’s, our commitment to diversity and inclusion ensures that the perspectives and priorities of all people are reflected in our company’s goals. As such, we formed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Council to take meaningful actions to best advance diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and accessibility across our organization. Our DEI Council also established five committees to reinforce our commitment to support our diversity efforts.

The five committees:

  • Equitable Patient Care and Access
  • Team Resources Groups (TRGs)
  • Culture and Communication
  • Recruitment, Hiring and Retention
  • Training and Development

The actions and goals of the DEI Council are guided by the Mission Statement:

“To advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) throughout Rady Children’s so that all feel respected and valued for their unique set of experiences and contributions toward every patient receiving the highest quality care. As a DEI Council, we will collaborate with Rady team members to cultivate a sense of belonging by celebrating our differences, utilizing our strengths and recognizing opportunities for growth. We will create innovative DEI recommendations that position Rady Children’s as a leader and exemplar in health equity and access to healthcare.”

What would it be like to work at Rady Children’s? Click below learn about our commitment to DEI in our workplace, including open positions.

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A Force For Good in Our Communities

The commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is in our DNA. For decades, Rady Children’s services and programs have extended beyond the walls of our workplace to serve as community resources in San Diego and beyond. Learn how we’re supporting our communities and join us in giving back.

Center for Gender-Affirming Care

At the Center for Gender-Affirming Care, our mission is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, evidence-based care and support to transgender and non-binary youth and their families. Through a multidisciplinary family systems approach, we bring together mental health professionals, endocrinology and adolescent medicine to provide comprehensive care.

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Center for Healthier Communities

The Center for Healthier Communities (CHC) is dedicated to keeping children healthy and safe. By partnering with organizations throughout our region, we offer an array of programs and services, from Maternal and Child Health to Oral HealthYouth DevelopmentInjury Prevention and Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyles.

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Autism Evaluation, Treatment and Support

The Autism Discovery Institute is a state-of-the-art facility that provides comprehensive services for children with autism spectrum disorders. Alexa’s PLAYC (Playful Learning Academy for Young Children) is an early education program offered through Rady Children’s. We provide typically developing children and children with autism spectrum disorder with enriched learning experiences in the context of a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment.

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Transforming Mental Health, CAPS, MBU, Psych ED, Child Life

The Transforming Mental Health Initiative works toward effective prevention, early identification, mental health integration and treatment services, policy advocacy and research to improve the mental health status of children and youth.

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International Services

We’re committed to providing best-in-class care to patients and families from throughout the country – and around the world. Our International Services team coordinates care and services for families traveling from outside the region to meet their needs.

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Spiritual Services

Spiritual care is available to all patients and families at Rady Children’s. The Spiritual Care Department provides spiritual support and resources to patients and families, honoring each person’s faith traditions and spiritual perspectives.

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