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      The EDI Executive Committee was created to inform, guide, and coordinate addressing racist policies and long-standing practices that perpetuate racism and inequity on our campus.

      We recognize racism as a public health crisis and believe anti-Black racism is one major cause of health disparities that we observe in our society. Our first step is to initiate anti-racism audits in every academic and administrative unit at U of U Health, with the goal of eliminating any practice that appears to permit systemic racism. We will also judge the systems by their outcomes, not their intentions. Learn more about the work we are doing to ensure system equity

      To ensure that the “sky is the limit” for all professionals regardless of gender, the Women in Health, Medicine, & Science (WiHMS) endeavors to promote faculty development, mentoring, and advocacy of women faculty in all stages of their careers to ultimately create a climate that fosters the success of all faculty, regardless of gender.

      In August 2020, the Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) convened a new sub-committee: the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism Leadership Strategy or the IDEALS Committee. This committee is open to all program directors, program managers, and trainees.

      Community Read is a monthly reading & journaling group hosted by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion. Summer sessions are co-sponsored by the Native American Research Internship (NARI) and the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC).

      Health Sciences LEAP Program for Minority, Underrepresented, and First-Generation Students is for those interested in careers in the health professions. This two-semester course aims to provide students with a strong sense of community and belonging here at the University of Utah. You will also be provided with the tools necessary for a successful undergraduate experience.

      Our educational pipeline programs offer a sustainable and culturally aware pathway into the medical profession. 

      The Office for Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion offers a variety of scholarships for students, faculty, and staff, as well as residents and fellows. The funding is available for those who want to promote health equity and inclusion and/or address health equity/health disparities.

      Huntsman Cancer Institute's vision is to deliver a cancer-free frontier. To realize this, we prioritize and assess health equity, patient access, and improved outcomes, reducing barriers to care for all.

      The Anti-Racism Committee advises the Steering Committee on the overall campus climate regarding issues and events of racism across all intersections of identity and bias. Additionally, they recommend and evaluate measures to ensure that every student, faculty, and staff enjoys an environment free of racism and hate.

      The Resiliency Center recognizes that UUH employees who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) have been disproportionately impacted and often have less access to affirming supportive services.  In order to increase access, we have started compiling resources that may be of benefit such as BIPOC Support Groups and other resources.

      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!

      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

      Here at University of Utah Health, in a state known to be overwhelmingly white, our leadership is working to remove systemic racist practices that discriminate against Blacks and all underrepresented people and to build a system with increasing diversity, inclusion, and equity. Learn about Anti-Racism Here & Now.

      SACNAS is an all-inclusive community dedicated to supporting diversity and inclusion in STEM fields and fostering the success of scientists from under-represented backgrounds. Our goal is to help these members attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Come be a part of the vibrant SACNAS community at the University of Utah and help us cultivate a safe and secure scientific community filled with the brightest scientists.

        The Transgender Health Program at University of Utah Health brings quality health care to trans adults and teens from all walks of life. We welcome all identities and expressions seeking our services. We understand that every trans or gender diverse person's experience is unique. Our doctors will be there to give you endless support wherever your journey takes you. 

        Our health system believes that asking questions about sexual orientation and gender identity is important so we can provide everyone with culturally responsive, patient-centered services they need.

        University of Utah Health received the “LGBTQ Health Care Equality Top Performer” designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC). The designation was awarded in the 13th edition of HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI)

          Update your contact information. If DWS cannot reach you may lose your Medicaid. Update your contact info by calling 1-866-608-9422 OR visiting JOBS.UTAH.GOV/MYCASE

          The Patient Voice series, also known as the Charles James Nabors, Ph.D. Conference Series, recognizes and honors Dr. Charles James Nabors, a civil rights activist, former anatomy professor, and the first African American professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The series showcases patient voices from various communities and their thoughts on how to improve health care quality. Each month’s presentation focuses on a different community. Sessions are free and open to the public and qualifiy for AMA and CME credit.

          Utah has recently expanded its Medicaid program allowing for more Utahns than ever to enroll in the safety-net program. Medicaid is an important program that covers qualifying Utahns with health benefits, acting as the key to opening the door for healthcare services.

          Read about common questions asked about Medicaid and information about where you can learn more.

          What do patient’s want? Ask them.

          Ever wonder why your thoughtfully planned improvement fell flat with patients? Enter the University of Utah Health Patient Design Studio, a group of patients who meet monthly with improvers to provide actionable, direct and collaborative input on their improvement efforts.

          From the Amazon to the Redwood Health Center. Read about Anna Gallegos' journey to advocating for the health care needs of Utah's refugees through the Refugee Health Program

          As Utah begins to welcome hundreds of Afghan refugees, health care providers and social service workers need to understand how to care for these new immigrants in a culturally competent and compassionate way. 

          Read about how the University of Utah is preparing to care for Afghan Refugees

          The John A. Moran Eye Center’s Global Outreach Division has partnered with the Utah Navajo Health System (UNHS) to provide pediatric and adult vision screenings, glasses, and eye surgery, primarily on the Utah strip of the Navajo Nation, since 2013. All in the effort to break down barriers of access and improve vision on the Navajo Nation.

          The Huntsman Cancer Institute Community Advisory Board comprises 33 members from across the state of Utah and the Mountain West. Huntsman Cancer Institute works with the Community Advisory Board to engage the community in cancer research, clinical services, education, and prevention efforts and prioritize opportunities to improve community health.

          University of Utah Health was a proud sponsor of the 2020 Utah State of Reform Virtual Health Policy Conference. The meeting brought together executives and policy leaders from across Utah’s health care ecosystem in a non-partisan, policy-agnostic forum to talk through the most pressing needs for health care in our state.

            The addition of personal pronouns to medical students white coats was first offered in 2020 to first year students, and the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the School of Medicine is offering to all matriculated students regardless of year in school to have their personal pronouns embroidered. 

            Burnout and compassion fatigue are normal reactions to the abnormally stressful job of caring for people with cancer and their loved ones. To support all staff at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), HCI leaders created the Compassionate Workplace program to promote joy in work and foster resiliency.

            We can be so hard on ourselves. Contributors from the Resiliency Center share how self-compassion, the practice of being kind and fair to yourself during times of stress, can improve your well-being and resilience. 

            Learn how to practice self-compassion for resilience and well-being.