Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

At Swedish, we recognize the need for systemic radical change.

We believe everyone deserves equitable, high-quality health care, regardless of race, ethnicity, language spoken, disability, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion or age.

Through the Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OHEDI) we are working to ensure Swedish hospitals and clinics provide an inclusive environment for all patients, visitors and caregivers. This includes supporting Swedish care teams in completing trainings on cultural competence, LGBTQIA+ care and understanding implicit bias.

OHEDI’s work is fueled by our mission – to improve the health and wellbeing of each person we serve – and establishes Swedish policies and programs that:

  • Eliminate health care inequities
  • Provide equitable access to high-quality health care
  • Build a diverse workforce
  • Support community partners
  • Advance transgender health

Meet the OHEDI executive leaders who are driving systemic radical change in health care

Dr. Nwando Anyaoku, Chief Health Equity Officer Chief Health Equity Officer

Dr. Nwando Anyaoku, MD, MPH, MBA


Mardia Shands, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion OfficerChief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Mardia Shands, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP


View our 2020 DEI and Black Lives Matter commitment statements.

While the work outlined in these commitments is underway, success will not be instant and will be difficult at times. Together, Swedish caregivers and leaders will do our part to rectify centuries of health care injustices to fulfil our vision of health for a better world.

Stay tuned, more to come.