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Featured stories from the Office of Healthcare Equity

  • Listen to Darlin speak about Gender Euphoria and the importance of accessing gender affirming care
    Darlin Lozano, LGBTQ program manager in Office of Healthcare Equity talks about the importance of gender affirming care and gender euphoria. Original post on UW Medicine.
  • Martine Pierre-Louis, MPH, Receives 2023 John R. Pettit Endowed Leadership Award for Equity and Inclusion Efforts
    Martine Pierre-Louis, MPH, has been awarded the 2023 John R. Pettit Endowed Leadership Award for her role as director of equity, diversity, and inclusion at Harborview Medical Center. A leader of inclusion and equity, Martine is recognized for her communication skills and ability to remain calm under stress. She is inspired by colleagues who strive to make UW Medicine more equitable. The Pettit Award recognizes excellence in an administrative role.
  • I am tired.
    I am tired. The Office of Healthcare Equity (OHCE) has been in existence only for 2.5 years and we have just released our fifth statement expressing outrage and condemning the murder of a Black person in this country.  I am tired of hearing that our systems are broken, when we know that they are working exactly as they were designed to. Our criminal justice and healthcare systems were built on … Read more
  • Congratulations to “Local Hero” Dr. Peter Asante!
    “Congratulations to “Local Hero” Dr. Peter Asante! Congratulations to Yakima pediatrician Dr. Peter Asante for winning the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Community Pediatrics “Local Hero” award, just one of five pediatricians in the U.S. to earn this national recognition! The Local Hero Award recognizes pediatricians who lead community action and advocacy for children in local communities. This award is presented to individuals who epitomize the “community pediatrician.” Dr. … Read more
  • The Praxis
    Welcome to The Praxis— Hosted by Edwin Lindo, JD this podcast is connecting theory and practice for health justice. His podcast aims to directly address and explore the effects of racism and other forms of marginalization so that we can collectively achieve health justice. We will journey through history, theory, science & medicine by embracing storytelling, interviews, and community expertise. Subscribe today and listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcasts or streaming service of your … Read more

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Healthcare Equity related News & Articles

  • Fred Hutch Cancer Center – 2022 DEI Annual Report
    UW Medicine’s Fred Hutch Cancer Center has released their 2022 DEI Annual Report: Our second annual report builds on our progress and highlights our opportunities to (re)commit to diversity, equity, inclusion, anti‑racism, anti‑oppression and accessibility at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center.This report is a snapshot of current initiatives, programming, events and reflections about the work ahead. We are encouraged by our progress and look forward to learning, growing and evolving together … Read more
  • Meet the Office of Healthcare Equity Peer Trainers
    From the UW Medicine Huddle: In 2019, the Office of Healthcare Equity (OHCE) began providing antiracism training, with the goal of reaching every member of the UW Medicine community. By bringing together subject matter experts in five core equity, diversity and inclusion areas, the small team rolled out training first to leadership groups and then to teams, departments and offices across the system. “It quickly became apparent that to reach the whole … Read more
  • A New Era of Fighting for LGBTQ+ Equality
    From Human Rights Campaign: Our community is no stranger to having to fight for our rights. Since before the Stonewall Riots of 1969, LGBTQ+ people have been demonstrating, mobilizing and activating to ensure we have not just a seat at the table, but an equal one. We marked a historic yet unfortunate moment in our quest for equality in May 2023 when the Human Rights Campaign declared a full state … Read more
  • Accepting Nominations: Penn State’s Academy for Holistic Reimagining of the Recruitment, Mentoring, and Retention of Racially Minoritized Faculty – Due Sep 15
    From Center for Study of Higher Education: The Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) is holding the Academy for Holistic Reimagining of the Recruitment, Mentoring, and Retention of Racially Minoritized Faculty on five Fridays this Fall. The Academy will take place virtually (via Zoom and Canvas) from 1:00 to 5:00 pm eastern time on Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 20, and Oct. 27). Details about this timely new academy … Read more
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
    Theme for 2022 This year’s theme is: “Unidos (United): Inclusivity for a Stronger Nation.” The theme recognizes that communities and this country are stronger when we make sure all voices are welcomed and represented. It also recognizes and celebrates the vast diversity and different perspectives within Hispanic and Latinx communities.
  • Get to Know: Yvonne Simpson, Senior Director of Language Access and Cultural Advocacy
    From the UW Medicine: The Huddle Reducing barriers to care is a key priority for Interpreter Services at UW Medicine. And that’s just what Yvonne Simpson does every day — working to ensure that interpreter services are used consistently and effectively across our locations. Simpson has been a Spanish interpreter at Harborview since 2014 and has led the department for more than three years. On July 1, 2023, she began a systemwide … Read more
  • What a ‘Human-Centered’ Approach Can Do for Workers with Diabilities
    From the NY Times: Obtaining reasonable accommodations is often a messy, frustrating process for both employees and their managers. But there are solutions. The lack of an item like a keyboard tray may seem like a minor inconvenience to some, but not to Ms. Macfarlane and millions of other people living with disabilities. The Americans With Disabilities Act, which became law in 1990, bans discrimination against workers with disabilities and requires … Read more
  • Advancing Health Equity
    From How to overcome barriers to equitable care: Being a patient is a vulnerable reality. Whether you are not feeling well, are injured, or having a routine checkup, it is natural to feel trepidation as you encounter a rush of medical information and feel pushed to make health decisions quickly during a short appointment time. BY DR. MICHELLE TERRY AND SHERRY WILLIAMS Read the article on the Seattle Mag … Read more
  • Advancing health equity with Illustrate Change
    From Deloitte Digital: Currently, less than 5% of medical images show dark skin. Only 8% of medical illustrators identify as people of color. The Illustrate Change digital library, made possible by a grant from the Johnson & Johnson “Our Race to Health Equity” commitment, will house a collection of diverse medical illustrations across a range of health conditions. The library will continue to grow and evolve, reflecting a more representative patient population. … Read more
  • Racism in Nursing: Results from RWJF Survey
    Insights Into Nurses’ Experiences and Perceptions of Discrimination This article highlights a recent survey conducted by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Chicago. Key findings include the high prevalence of racism and discrimination in the workplace – from patients and colleagues. Read more at the article link below, or go straight to RWJF for the survey results at this link.
  • Uplift transgender voices this Pride Month
    Click this link to read the original article at Check out this article from The Whole U, which highlights the critical importance of uplifting transgender voices, shares some history of the movements, as well as few featured stories from members of UW community, including the work of Sean Johnson, Program Director for UW Medicine’s Transgender and Gender Non-Binary health program.
  • University of Washington Launches Centralized Accessibility Website for Inclusive Digital Access and Engagement
    Original post appears on president’s blog. UW has launched a digital accessibility website through its Office of Americans with Disabilities Act to promote digital access and inclusion for all students, particularly those with disabilities. The website provides resources, tools, and opportunities for community-building that recognize and value the diverse needs and experiences of all members of the UW community. Read more
  • UW School of Medicine 2023 Minority Faculty Mentoring Award – Nominate a Senior Faculty Member by April 17.
    The UW School of Medicine 2023 Minority Faculty Mentoring Award – Nominate a Senior (Professor or Associate Professor) Faculty Member from any clinical or basic science unit within the School of Medicine by April 17 by sending a one-page letter to Nora Coronado at For more information, contact Nora. 
  • Apply Now for the 2023-2024 Success for Underrepresented Faculty (SURF) Program Cohort: Supporting Early Career URMS Faculty
    The Success for Underrepresented Faculty (SURF) Program is now accepting applications for the 2023-2024 cohort, targeting early career faculty in the Underrepresented in Medicine & Science (URMS) community. Application deadline: April 14. For more information, click on the provided link or reach out to Dr. Michelle Terry and Program Manager Kat McGhee Drummond with any inquiries.     

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