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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!

Past MEDiversity Weeks

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Care-4-All Ages

2023

MEDiversity Week returned with an emphasis on anti-ageism in health care and the recent designation of U of U Health as an Age-Friendly Health System. The size of the US population that is +65 years of age is expected to double by 2050, prompting greater attention to systems so they meet the growing need. One recent study found that ageism in health care resulted in more than 17 million additional health condition cases and put its cost at $63 billion annually, a staggering sum that results from overmedication, misaligned treatment plans, and inequitable health outcomes. The theme, “Care-4-All Ages,” seeked to draw attention to the importance of designing and delivering care that meets the needs of every person, regardless of age.

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Securing Health Equity for All

2022

Securing Health Equity for All” explored how University of Utah Health can develop policies, practices, and programs that move us closer to the goal of eliminating health disparities. Events and discussions focused on attaining equitable health outcomes for all patients, with an emphasis on those from historically marginalized populations, and took a broad approach toward the goal of dismantling bias in order to secure health equity for all.

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Intersectionality in Health Education & Care

2021

As we discussed in 2020, we celebrate individuals—the “me” part of MEDiversity. The “diversity” part of the name means that we recognize that each of us is unique, and regardless of race/ethnicity/gender etc., we all add to the diverse tapestry of our campus. For 2021, we recognized the multiple identities that exist simultaneously within all of us. We emphasize that recognition of our individual intersectional identities will help us understand each other, but more importantly, it will help us serve our patients.

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Disparities & Equity in Healthcare

2020

For the inaugural MEDiversity Week, our participants explored the barriers that exist and persist for various communities to receive consistent, culturally sensitive, and high-quality care in the United States. Events provided insight into centering equity, inclusion, and anti-racism within programs and initiatives while navigating national trends and local issues and ensuring progress towards addressing our institutional racism.