The Washington Health Alliance (Alliance) is committed to becoming an inclusive and anti-racist organization. We pledge to create an environment where all employees and members, regardless of skin color, culture, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or age, feel valued and have opportunities for growth. We commit to identify, discuss, expose and challenge inequities, including structural racism, in healthcare systems across Washington.

As part of this commitment, the Alliance is providing this curated list of suggestions from our members and staff that may support you and your organization’s efforts to address inequities and racism. If you have suggestions or additions, please send them to Alliance Senior Communications Manager Nicholas Rondinone.



Elizabeth Alexander, The New Jim Crow

Carole Anderson, White Rage

James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Douglas A. Blackmon, Slavery by Another Name

Anne Case and Angus Deaton, Deaths of Despair

Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Robin DiAngelo, White Fragility

W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

Peter Edelman, Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America

Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Stony the Road

Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom: A Novel

Ibram X. Kendi, How to be an Antiracist and Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

Heather McGee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Christine Monstroll, Waiting for an Echo: The Madness of American Incarceration

Barack Obama, A Promised Land

Ijeoma Oluo, So You Want to Talk About Race

Steven Pinker, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress and The Better Nature of Our Angels: Why Violence Has Declined

Ricard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

J.D. Vance, Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys and The Underground Railroad

Elizabeth Wilkerson, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents




How Racism in Early Life Can Affect Long-Term Health, Jack P. Shonkoff, Scientific American, January 3, 2022.

A Policy Prescription for Reducing Health Disparities—Achieving Pharmacoequity, Utibe R. Essien MD, MPH, Stacie B. Dusetzina, PhD, Walid F. Gellad, MD, MPH, JAMA, October 22, 2021.

“Health Equity Tourists”: How White Scholars Are Colonizing Research on Health Disparities, STAT, September 23, 2021.

An Equity Agenda for the Field of Health Care Quality Improvement, Okane, M., S. Agrawal, L. Binder, V. Dzau, T.K. Gandhi, R. Harrington, K. Mate, P. McGann, D. Meyers, P. Rosen, M. Schreiber and D. Schummers, NAM Perspectives, National Academy of Medicine, September 15, 2021.

A Call to Achieve Health Equity, Edmondo J. Robinson, MD., MBA, MS, Peter J. Embí, MD, MS, Ramanathan Raju, MD, MBA, and Yanling Yu, PhD, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, August 16, 2021.

Disparities in Back Pain, International Association for the Study of Pain, July 9, 2021.

Identifying Health Disparities; Striving for Health Equity, Michael Garrett, MS, CCM, BA, CVE, BCPA, CMSA Today, June 2, 2021.

Americans Are Determined to Believe in Black Progress, Whether It’s Happening or Not, The Atlantic, September 2020.

“It’s Killing Us!” Narratives of Black Adults About Microaggression Experiences and Related Health Stress, Joanne M. Hall and Becky Fields, U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, January 9, 2015.

Discrimination, Racial Bias, and Telomere Length in African-American Men, David H. Chae, ScD, MA, Amani M. Nuru-Jeter, PhD, Nancy E. Adler, PhD, Jue Lin, PhD, Elizabeth H. Blackburn, PhD, Elissa S. Epel, PhD, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, February 1, 2014.


Obesity, Diabetes and Racial Health Equity: What Employers Can Do, Northeast Business Group on Health, March 2022.

What Can Employers Do to Impact Black-White Health Disparities? Ron Branch, Michael Garrett, Alex Knoepflmacher, October 27, 2021.

The Essential Role of Employers in Aligning Plan Design & Payment Reform to Improve Quality, Enhance Equity, and Promote Value, Maximilian J. Pany, Michael E. Chernew, Francois de Brantes, Jeff Levin-Scherz, A. Mark Fendrick, V-BID Health, September 2021.

Are You Supporting the Health of Your LGBTQ Employees?, Michael Garrett, Puget Sound Business Journal, June 23, 2021.

Focusing on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Impacts Population Health Management Results, Michael Garrett, Puget Sound Business Journal, August 9, 2021.

Identifying Health Disparities; Striving for Health Equity, Michael Garrett, MS, CCM, BA, CVE, BCPA, CMSA Today: The Official Voice of the Case Management Society of America, March 2021.


Providers are Putting More Focus Than Ever on Health Equity. Here’s How Payers Can Support Them, Paige Minemyer, Fierce Healthcare, October 11, 2021.

A National Goal to Advance Health Equity Through Value-Based Payment, Joshua M. Liao, MD, MSc; Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey, MD, MBA; Amol S. Navathe, MD, PhD, June 4, 2021.


Weaving Equity Into Every Step of Performance Improvement, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, April 14, 2022

What Racism in Medicine Takes From Us, Jennifer Adaeze Okwerekwu, STAT, January 3, 2022.

Pragmatic Advocacy: Advancing Racial Equity In Physician Associations, Sorcha A. Brophy, Veena Sriram, Health Affairs, July 16, 2021.

Addressing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Health Care and Medicine, Interview with David Satcher, MD, PhD, Francisco Cigarroa, MD, and Howard Koh, MD, MPH, and moderator Ebony Boulware, MD, MPH, JN Learning, August 17, 2021.

Organizational Strategic Plan to Embed Racial Justice and Advance Health Equity, American Medical Association, May 11, 2021.

Health Equity: Prioritization, Perception, and Progress, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, 2021.

Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Measures for Hospitals and Health System Dashboards, American Hospital Association, December 2020.

Unconscious Biases: Racial Microaggressions in American Indian Health Care, Melissa L. Walls, John Gonzalez, Tanya Gladney and Emily Onello, The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, March 2015.

Clinicians’ Implicit Ethnic/Racial Bias and Perceptions of Care Among Black and Latino Patients, Irene V. Blair, Diane L. Fairclough, Rebecca Hanratty, David W. Price, Holen K. Hirsh, Leslie A. Wright, Michael Bronsert, Elhum Karimkhani, David J Magid and Edward P. Havranek, Annals of Family Medicine, January 2013.


Awake to Woke at Work: Building a Race Equity Culture, Equity in the Center

Hands Across the Hills

Healthcare Equality Index 2020, Human Rights Campaign

Health Equity Guiding Principles for Inclusive Communication, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

How Microagressions Are Like Mosquito Bites, Fusion Comedy

Implicit Association Test, Project Implict

Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian (N.A.H): Writings & Resources on Equity and Social Justice, Relondo Thompkins-Jones

Othering and Belonging Institute, University of California, Berkeley

Practice with Pronouns

Race: The Power of an Illusion, California Newsreel and Regents of the University of California

Reflecting on our Foundations: The History of Native American Life and Culture, Native Hope

Roosevelt High School: Beyond Black & White, Roosevelt Alumni for Racial Equity

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man, Emmanuel Echo



Between the Shades

Colin in Black and White

Crip Camp


My Name is Pauli Murray




The Danish Girl


Updated Nov. 11, 2022