Diversity, equity and inclusion champions across Michigan Medicine work diligently to not only celebrate initiatives, but to elevate the diversity and uniqueness that shines among employees.This fall, the Frankel Cardiovascular Center and U-M Medical Group (UMMG) demonstrated outstanding examples of Michigan Medicine’s commitment to DEI.
Michigan Medicine has been diligent to its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The implementation of the five-year strategic plan has begun the process of shifting the climate of DEI at Michigan Medicine. The impact of this plan has not only spread across the organization, but has generated national attention, as well.
At the root of diversity is difference. It isn’t the acceptance of those differences that make diversity and inclusion efforts sustainable, rather the embracing of those differences that create a more dynamic institution. This year’s DEI Gratitude Symposium, hosted by the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI), ignited conversation around this idea and explored how to further diversify thought and communicate across differences at Michigan Medicine. The theme of the sixth biannual DEI symposium was “Building Bridges Across Difference for Sustainable Change.”
The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) at Michigan Medicine hosted the inaugural First Look Weekend. The theme of the weekend was Becoming a Change Agent in Health Equity. The goal is to develop leaders in health equity, diversity and inclusion.
OHEI provides incident resources for our community to have dialogue. Our hope is for these tools to be used to have meaningful conversation about our individual experiences and to spark ideas. We hope to utilize the dialogue to enhance the culture for all who work, learn and heal at Michigan Medicine. "Speaking and Listening is how humanity learns to walk. It is the word that gives form to that walk that goes on inside of us. Speaking, we heal the pain. Speaking and Listening, we accompany each other." (Marcos, 2002)
Michigan Medicine is committed to providing excellent care and service to patients and visitors of all genders. As part of a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Mini-Grant project sponsored by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion, Halley Crissman, M.D., MPH, spearheaded a project to create training videos for Michigan Medicine frontline staff to improve comfort and competency in providing care and service to transgender and gender nonconforming patients. The final product includes an introductory video, and five job-specific videos:
LaTonya Berryhill from the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research has been recognized as one of 10 individuals across campus with a “Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award.” Read more about the award here.
Read the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion 2018 Annual Report HERE.
Michigan Medicine faculty members Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil., and Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D., participated in a recent panel discussion on sexual harassment in medicine. Watch the video HERE.
For more than a decade, Yolaine Civil, M.D., had been helping patients and families throughout the state through her role with the Ambulatory Pediatric Clinic at Michigan Medicine.But in 2010 — following a transformative experience volunteering in Haiti after a devastating earthquake struck the nation — her ambitions grew.“While I had always had a deep affection toward helping people in need, including lower income individuals, single-parent households and immigrant families from all over the globe, I knew that it was time to do more after my life-changing volunteer experience,” said Civil, who decided to leave her position at Michigan Medicine and pursue a role with Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF).From 2012 to 2014, Civil completed four missions with MSF, working in both west and central Africa to improve the lives of neonatal patients and their mothers.