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As leaders, we set an example of inclusion and respect, whether we intend to or not. And as such, we are held to a higher standard of seeing others for who they are and considering their needs.
Michael Danielson

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How to Meaningfully Address Race and Identity With Your Patients

Sometimes, just listening really helps. U of U Health patient Andrea Garavito Martinez and family physician Erika Sullivan discuss how physicians can meaningfully address health impacts of racism and identity with their patients.

MEDiversity Week: Care-4-All Ages

The mission of MEDiversity Week is to highlight the equity, diversity, and inclusion work within University of Utah Health; while addressing health care disparities, offering solutions for the training of our current and future providers, and hosting discussions on how to continually advocate for equity and inclusion in our daily personal and professional lives. All are welcome to get involved and participate!

Providing Culturally Responsive Care for Native Patients

Native people often face many barriers, disparities and inequities when it comes to healthcare. Family Nurse Practitioners from the Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UICSL) Danielle Puri and Joshua Twitchell highlight the significance of cultural responsiveness in healthcare for Native patients and provide tips to practice.

Evolving EDI: Facing Challenges, Fostering Change

In an era where equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are paramount for organizations striving for meaningful change, the challenges of prioritizing and advancing EDI initiatives have come to the forefront. Experienced EDI professionals William Smith and Katty Youd share valuable insights on the challenges and strategies involved in advancing EDI initiatives, from fostering trust and facilitating conversations to navigating cultural shifts and institutional support.

Lessons from the Community: Trust Starts With Individuals

Director of community engagement RyLee Curtis, Pharmacy resident Caitlyn Blake, and Informatics Pharmacist David ElHalta share how a project to increase cultural responsiveness took an unexpected turn.

Building Health Literacy: Choosing the Right Care

Health education is a service that local community-based organizations want to provide underserved community members with and that can help our direct care teams. University of Utah Health’s Community Engagement team works with the community to provide foundational health education support in 17 languages.

Navigating Cultural Holidays in the Workplace

Acknowledging and respecting cultural holidays has become an essential aspect of fostering inclusivity and strengthening employee engagement. U of U Health Hospitals and Clinics Chief Operating Officer Gina Hawley shares valuable insights on how leaders can navigate conversations about cultural holidays and create a supportive environment for their team members.

Healthcare Anchor Network: Collaborative Progress for Community Health

In 2019, University of Utah Health joined the Healthcare Anchor Network (HAN), a nationwide group of healthcare systems working together to tackle structural determinants of health and create equitable health outcomes. U of U Health HAN leaders RyLee Curtis and Lisa Dyson share what this partnership means for our local health system and communities.

Creating a Culture of Belonging at Work

Navigating the complex terrain of leadership involves fostering a workplace where team members flourish, but the path isn't always clear. Clare Lemke and Sheila Sconiers, Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) consultants on the Organizational Development team, share how you can create a culture of belonging on your team, and how your EDI Consultant can help you do it.

Leveling the Playing Field to Support Medical Students

As physician shortages continue to leave rural, remote, and indigenous populations without access to quality care, director of education research Candace Chow and physician Juliana Simonetti partner to level the playing field for med students from underserved communities. Their new program, PROMIS2U, empowers these future practitioners by providing them with unprecedented academic support.

How to Get In the Habit of Talking About Diversity

It’s clear that equity, diversity and inclusion need to be a part of every workplace conversation. So how do leaders start the conversation—and keep it going? Senior nursing director Rita Aguilar shares how her team incorporates discussions of diversity and inclusion into their everyday work—and why those discussions are so important to the care we provide.

Knowing Patients Means Better Care

Understanding a patient’s sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) is necessary to provide quality, consistent and compassionate care to all of our patients. Gastroenterologist and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine John Inadomi explains why a focus on SOGI is needed.