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MLK Week at the U: Becoming the Beloved Community

Join the University of Utah community as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy. Here are suggested readings, resources, events and conversations throughout the week that honor Dr. King’s vision, offer direction, and challenge us to determine a better way forward.

"We're Seeing Change" – Improving Diversity and Inclusion Efforts, Part 2

M.ED host Kerry Whittemore interviews José E. Rodríguez, Associate Vice President for Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, to discuss the positive changes made and efforts underway to increase diversity in the medical field.

"We Have to Be Strategic" – Improving Diversity and Inclusion Efforts, Part 1

M.ED host Kerry Whittemore interviews José E. Rodríguez, Associate Vice President for Office of Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, to discuss how to increase diversity and pipeline programming in the medical field.

Commit to Confronting the Microaggressions That Are Affecting Your Learners

Microaggressions commonly occur in medical settings creating psychologically unsafe environments of learning, working, and healing. Pediatricians Reena Tam and Margie Diaz-Ochu share how clinician-educators can cultivate awareness and practical tools to create safer, braver spaces in the moment.

Podcast Episode 102: Can We Eradicate New HIV Infections in Utah?

What would it take to eradicate new HIV infections in Utah? Rylee Curtis and Peter Weir sit down with Adam Spivak, co-founder of Utah’s only free PrEP clinic, and Ahmer Afroz, executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation, to discuss the challenges of community health in Utah. This is Part 2 of a two-part episode.

New Podcast: Intersections of Innovation and Community Health Care Episode 101: HIV/AIDS and Activism in Utah

Around 120 Utahns are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS every year. Rylee Curtis and Peter Weir sit down with Adam Spivak, co-founder of Utah’s only free PrEP clinic, and Ahmer Afroz, executive director of the Utah AIDS Foundation, to discuss the origin of HIV/AIDS and its prevention and treatment in Utah. This is Part 1 of a two-part episode.

Breaking Through Fear to Build Vaccine Confidence with Immigrants and Refugees

Redwood Health Center physician Eli Moreno shares a simple exercise to cut through vaccine misinformation and empower patients to make educated decisions.

“This Time Is Different” – A Message of Hope for Meaningful Change

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.