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Sharing stories across the spectrum of all representative groups helps students, staff, faculty, and patients to understand that as an institution, we're reflective of the larger community.
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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.

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.

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.

MLK Week 2023: Choose Love Over Hate

In honor of MLK Week, join the University of Utah community as they host a series of events exploring the reverend’s complex ideas on the meaning of love, and together we’ll examine the strength needed to choose it when faced with hatred and division.

8 Stories That Connected in 2022 – A Community Thank You

Accelerate Learning Community has now grown to exceed more than half a million learners from across the world! Each month, we average around 30,000 visitors who learn about health care equity, improvement, leadership and resilience from U of U Health faculty, staff, students, and trainees. Continuing our annual tradition of giving thanks, we’re celebrating the eight most popular national articles and local favorites in 2022.

Lessons from Latin America: Interculturality in Health

Dr. Roberto Campos Navarro is a Mexican surgeon from National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) specializing in medical anthropology, interculturality, and culturally delimited diseases. He visited U of U Health to share and discuss culturally responsive care and the opportunity to better serve our diverse patient populations. He shares 16 recommendations on how to have interculturality in health.

How to Respond with Compassion when Someone is Hurt by Racism

Racism isn’t something that happens “somewhere else.” Mindfulness educators and social workers Trinh Mai and Jean Whitlock facilitated an interracial dialogue on talking about race and racism to learn from local lived experiences. Here they share a scenario reflecting common dynamics and give recommendations for a compassionate and constructive response.

Native American Perspectives on Thanksgiving

The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian provides a wealth of perspectives often absent in American history textbooks and mainstream culture. Here are five curated favorites from the comprehensive collection filled with artwork and stories worth sharing.

Lessons from the Community: Building Trust

Director of community engagement, RyLee Curtis, shares how we’re partnering with communities to build a new learning and health campus, and what we can apply now, even before construction starts

Be Mindful and Educate Yourself: Black Patient Voices

The crises of Covid-19 and police brutality have highlighted systemic racial inequity in the United States and the need to consciously dismantle the forces that cause racial health disparities. PA students Scarlett Reyes and Jocelyn Cortez brought together Black patients at the University of Utah to share their experiences. Their advice: build cultural competence and be mindful of microaggressions.

MEDiversity Week: Securing Health Equity for All

This year’s MEDiversity Week theme, “Securing Health Equity for All,” will explore how University of Utah Health can develop policies, practices, and programs that move us closer to the goal of eliminating health disparities.

TRUE Stories—Learning By Experiencing Rural Care

It’s one thing to read about “rural” health care—it’s entirely another to experience it. Faculty and students from the Tribal, Rural, and Underserved Medical Education (TRUE) Graduate Certificate share experiences and insights from summer in the Navajo Nation.