Over the past three years, OHEI has responded to our community and provided relevant, timely topics that address some of our nations most pressing issues. It has taken each of us – our skilled and knowledgeable facilitators and our open and honest participants to cultivate the safe space that Community Conversations has become for our Michigan Medicine community.
As an undergraduate student here at the University of Michigan, juggling the process of becoming a researcher, drafting multiple publications, and presenting at multiple national conferences, I would often find myself wondering how I could ever possibly thank my mentor, Dr. Blackwood for his investment of time and mentorship.
Creating a culture of belonging & inclusion requires interventions at multiple organizational levels – from the creation of system-wide policies to increasing access to dedicated resources. Organizational change can often be imperfect, difficult, and slow moving at times but together we can all create safe spaces for one another in small ways.
Mentorship is important and beneficial to every healthcare professional. Its impact on underrepresented students and professionals can transform the trajectory of their careers. R. Alexander Blackwood, MD, has provided incomparable guidance to the next generation of underrepresented healthcare professionals in his role as Faculty Director for the Leaders and Learners Pathways Program in the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.
By Sonal Joshi About a year ago, over fifty thousand pre-med students began the application process for medical school. In a time of immense uncertainty, social isolation, civil unrest, and fear of losing loved ones, applicants like myself experienced an added level of unpredictability.
Marcia Perry, M.D., knew it was important for the U-M Medical School to prioritize health equity. But she also worried that a health equity class would only comprise students from underrepresented backgrounds. “I don’t want the burden to continue to be on the African American and Latino community to point out the disparities and do something about it.” Read the full story on Michigan at Medicine
The Michigan Medicine Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Mini‐Grant has been renamed the Phyllis M. Blackman Innovation Grant, to honor the contributions of former Office for Health Equity and Inclusion Director, Phyllis M. Blackman, who retired in December 2020.
In response to the international COVID-19 pandemic, and unpredictable social climate, the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion began 20-minute morning yoga sessions to promote wellness. The Yoga sessions are held via Zoom Monday – Friday, at 8:30 a.m. Sessions are facilitated by Peggy Wright, executive assistant to the associate vice president and associate dean of the Office or Health Equity and Inclusion.
The Michigan Medicine Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI) is seeking a faculty member committed to diversifying the Michigan Medicine faculty and creating programs that facilitate the development of an environment where all faculty can thrive.