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The Dignity of Identity

Everybody deserves the dignity of being called by their chosen name and having their correct pronouns used. Organizational Development’s Sheila Sconiers and Clare Lemke, along with the Transgender Health Program’s Jessica Stahle, share the importance of pronouns, how to use them in patient care, and what to do if you make a mistake.

Investing in Empathy: The Power of 15 Minutes

Empathy is our cognitive ability to understand, communicate, and respond to another person’s perspectives, experiences, and concerns. Pediatrician Diane Liu reflects on the very real challenges of nurturing empathy in the face of the relentless demands of practice.

Not Sure How to Build Relational Culture at Work? Start with Signaling

Relational culture—when everyone on a team feels seen, heard, and valued for who they are—is a cornerstone of high-functioning teams. Kyle Turner shares the benefits of having a relational culture and how to apply the concept to health care.

Podcast Episode 104: Dying with Dignity

Co-hosts Peter Weir and RyLee Curtis talk to Dr. John Hendrick from the University of Utah Health about palliative and hospice care. They also talk to Jillian Olmstead and Kellie Mieremet from The INN Between, an incredible local community organization providing end-of-life care for those experiencing homelessness.

We’re Bringing Hand Hygiene Back

This fundamental patient safety practice gets to the heart of “Do No Harm” in health care—so why is it slipping across the nation? In the spirit of New Year’s resolutions, we’re checking-in with U of U Health infection prevention experts Julie Swindells, Katie Smith, and Alessia Banning to bring hand hygiene best practices front and center.

5 Ways You Can Contribute to the UUHC Operational Plan

In an organization as big as U of U Health, it’s hard to know where our work fits into the big picture. System Planning Manager Cassandra Taft highlights five ways teams can meaningfully contribute to Operational Plan priorities, regardless of job role or responsibility.

Reducing Colectomy Surgical Site Infections

General Surgery Resident Molly Leonard, Colorectal Surgeon Luke Martin, and Infection Preventionist Hailey Harris share how they reduced infections by addressing patient, provider, and environmental factors.

Learning the Ropes: Three Expert Tips for Team-Building

What can 15 years of team-building leadership teach you? A lot. Expressive therapies manager, Holly Badger supervised the Huntsman Mental Health Institute's (formally known as the University Neuropsychiatric Institute) ROPES Course before becoming a manager of UNI's Expressive Therapy program. Here, Holly gives Accelerate a crash course in building community while strengthening a team.

The Act of Eating Together: Commensality Groups and Provider Well-being

Commensality Groups bring together a group of people for a meal to have discussions, learn from one another, and foster a sense of connection amongst peers. Internist and Pediatrician Margaret Solomon shares how she started a Commensality Group for providers at University of Utah Health and the benefits it gave her and her peers.

More Than "Some Other Race": Improving Race and Ethnicity Data Quality to Advance Health Equity

Accurate, self-reported race and ethnicity data is necessary to create visibility of health disparities, provide inclusive care, and improve equity of health outcomes. Community engagement director RyLee Curtis, Chief Quality Officer Sandi Gulbransen, Project Manager Kimberly Killam, Patient Experience Director Mari Ransco, Chief Medical Informatics Officer Michael Strong, and Health Sciences Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Librarian Donna Baluchi explain how University of Utah is improving data quality.

Addressing Discrimination at the Bedside

When patients or family members use discriminatory language, it can be hard to know the next steps. Nursing Director Gigi Austria and EDI Consultant Sheila Sconiers offer practical steps to address discrimination at the bedside.

Prescribing Mindfulness in Clinical Settings

With so much going on around the world and in our daily lives, our brains are constantly in overdrive. Mindfulness educator and social worker Trinh Mai explores what practitioners across U of U Health and the VA are doing to help their patients and teammates take a mental break and respond courageously in these times.