Collectively as a society we’ve been engaging in difficult discussions about systemic and institutional bias toward Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities. For some it’s uncomfortable to address and acknowledge the way your own behaviors are contributing to disparities, and that’s okay. We all have to get uncomfortable in order to grow. As providers and caregivers, it is the only way to ensure that every patient gets the same level of care and compassion, regardless of their personal history or racial background.
Jocelyn Cortez and Scarlet Reyes

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Chief Medical Informatics Officer Maia Hightower reflects on her grandmother’s experience and optimism to share a message of hope for meaningful change as we approach the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy by Creating a Circle of Trust

Covid-19 shined a bright light on disparate access to information and health care for marginalized communities. University of Utah Physician Assistant Wagma Mohmand and Utah Muslim Civic League’s Luna Banuri share how they are building on trust to vaccinate and support Utah’s Muslims through the pandemic.

Acknowledging Emotional Pain Is An Act of Inclusion

There’s a better way to respond to colleagues who share experiences about discrimination in society or the workplace. Preston Dahlgren, senior nursing director, relies on his master’s degree in marriage and family therapy to address the importance of validating emotions during hard conversations.

What Will You Do With Your Privilege? A Personal Lesson About Allyship

Michael Danielson, organizational development consultant, shares a personal experience about privilege, respect, and friendship. When his comfortable cultural norms failed him and led to a regrettable interaction, he learned that respect is demonstrated by taking action, and that you have to step out of your comfort zone to change culture.

Grit, Determination and Patient Collaboration: Building the Transgender Health Program

U of U Health recently received the LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation—but this achievement didn’t happen overnight. Plastic surgeon and Transgender Health Program Director Cori Agarwal, and Program Coordinator Ariel Malan, share the grit, determination and patient collaboration that transformed our health care system.

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