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  • The Pride in Friendship: How to Build Queer Community
    Read the full article here:The Pride in Friendship: How to Build Queer Community
  • U.S. House of Representatives Resolution Recognizing the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts in Medical Education
    Wanted you to be aware that a U.S. House of Representatives Resolution Recognizing the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts in Medical Education was introduced on April 30, 2024 by Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (OH-3) and Congresswoman Kathy Castor (FL-14), co-chairs of the Congressional Black Caucus’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force.   The Association of American Medical Colleges, National Medical Association, and National Hispanic Medical Association along with list of organizations… Read more: U.S. House of Representatives Resolution Recognizing the importance of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts in Medical Education
  • Harborview’s Community Heart Failure Program: Providing care anywhere
    Harborview Medical Center’s Community Heart Failure Program (CHFP) launched in October 2023, providing trauma-informed care directly to heart failure patients facing healthcare access barriers by visiting them at convenient locations. Co-founded by nurses Jaimie Pechan and Kate Smith and supported by the UW Heart Institute, the program focuses on marginalized groups, ensuring they receive necessary treatments and medications. Read the full article here:https://www.dailyuw.com/news/harborview-s-community-heart-failure-program-providing-care-anywhere/article_56f81a40-d770-11ee-960e-b30bbb75914f.html
  • Rededication of the Eagle’s Spirit Totem Pole
    On May 11, the Eagle’s Spirit Totem Pole at UW Medical Center – Northwest was rededicated after being newly restored. Read the full article here: https://huddle.uwmedicine.org/totem-pole-rededication/
  • Jason Deen appointed to serve as Committee Chairperson of CONACH
    The Board of Directors of the Committee on Native American Child Health (CONACH) have appointed Jason Deen as 2024 Committee Chairperson! The Committee on Native American Child Health (CONACH) advocates for the health and social needs of American Indian/Alaska Native children by collaborating with tribal, urban, and IHS programs, and staying updated on relevant legislation. They meet biannually to strategize and promote interdisciplinary collaboration through events like the International Meeting… Read more: Jason Deen appointed to serve as Committee Chairperson of CONACH
  • 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: I am tired.
  • 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: Congratulations to “Local Hero” Dr. Peter Asante!
  • 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: The Praxis

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Healthcare Equity related News & Articles

  • A racially biased test miscalculated kidney health for Black patients
    For decades, a racially biased kidney test delayed or prevented thousands of Black patients from receiving transplants, a practice corrected in 2022. Dawn Wroten and Glenda Roberts are among those affected, with Wroten waiting years longer than necessary and Roberts eventually requiring dialysis before her transplant. The removal of race from kidney function calculations has since reduced wait times for many Black patients, significantly impacting their access to life-saving transplants.… Read more: A racially biased test miscalculated kidney health for Black patients
  • Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grants
    The Vice President for Minority Affairs & Diversity and University Diversity Officer is pleased to offer Diversity and Inclusion Seed Grants. These small grants support projects for institutional transformation across the University of Washington’s tri-campus community that align with the goals of the 2022-2026 UW Diversity Blueprint. Spring applications are now open. Application closes June 14, 2024. Learn more about this opportunity here:https://www.washington.edu/diversity/seed-grants/
  • Envisioning a Better Future for Residents and Fellows
    Byron Joyner, MD, created the Vision Fund in Graduate Medical Education to support diversity, equity and inclusion in residencies and fellowships. Read the full article here: https://give.uwmedicine.org/stories/envisioning-a-better-future-for-residents-and-fellows/
  • Sickle cell patients pressured to undergo unwanted sterilizations – STAT
    A woman’s experience with a pressured C-section and tubal ligation reveals the unsettling reality of coercive sterilization practices and racial bias in healthcare. Dive into her journey of regret, questioning autonomy, and the critical issues of informed consent faced by Black women with sickle cell disease in a system that often prioritizes medical convenience over patient choice. Read the full article here: https://www.statnews.com/2024/05/21/sickle-cell-patients-steered-toward-sterilization-for-decades/
  • Social factors influence Asian Americans’ heart health
    Education, employment and other determinants may pose different cardiovascular risks across Asian subpopulations, a study shows. Read the full article here: https://newsroom.uw.edu/news-releases/social-factors-influence-asian-americans-heart-health
  • Landmark study of cancer in Black women launches in 20 states, aiming to be largest ever
    Black women die from cancer at higher rates than any other racial or ethnic group. The American Cancer Society is beginning a 30-year study to investigate why. Read the full article and watch a short video here: https://www.nbcnews.com/health/cancer/cancer-black-women-study-launches-rcna150880
  • 4th Circuit: Gender Identity Is A Protected Characteristic, Blocks State Coverage Bans
    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that bans on transgender care by Medicaid and state plans are unconstitutional, recognizing transgender people as a protected class and declaring such exclusions as discriminatory based on gender identity and sex. This decision upholds lower court rulings against North Carolina and West Virginia, which had denied gender-affirming care to transgender state employees and Medicaid recipients, dismissing state arguments that the exclusions applied… Read more: 4th Circuit: Gender Identity Is A Protected Characteristic, Blocks State Coverage Bans
  • Thanks to Dr. Leo Morales from Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees
    The Community Health Worker Coalition for Migrants and Refugees sent thanks to Dr. Leo Morales and his team at the Latino Center for Health for performing medical checks, verification of glucose and blood pressure as well as providing experts who focus on hypertension at an event recently. You can read the full article here: https://us2.campaign-archive.com/?u=cb632e73a0b0bdeb6d44d6c20&id=2073a51eaf
  • Increasing Access to Physicians for American Indian Communities
    Across the country, nearly 9 million people identify as American Indian or Alaska Native, and many call the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI) region home. According to Indian Health Services, there’s a physician shortage ― a health-professional vacancy rate of 25% ― among doctors who care for this population. The UW School of Medicine and the UW Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education are working to improve those statistics and increase the… Read more: Increasing Access to Physicians for American Indian Communities
  • Job Opportunity: Assistant Director of Center for Restorative Practices
    Assistant Director of Center for Restorative Practices Shape the future of restorative justice in our diverse healthcare community. As Assistant Director of Center for Restorative Practices (Job profile: Assistant Director-Program Operations (E S 9)), you’ll build and lead the Center for Restorative Practices (CRP), advancing UW Medicine’s equity mission. This leadership role contributes significantly to creating a more just and equitable healthcare system for all. Responsibilities include: Overall leadership and… Read more: Job Opportunity: Assistant Director of Center for Restorative Practices
  • Advancing Reproductive Justice in OB-GYN
    Discover groundbreaking efforts to dismantle racism in reproductive health in the October 2023 special edition of Obstetrics & Gynecology, titled “Racism in Reproductive Health: Lighting a Path to Health Equity.” This compelling issue, compiled by over 1,100 experts including Dr. Kemi Doll and Edwin Lindo, JD, explores deep-seated healthcare inequities and proposes robust solutions. Read the article here: https://huddle.uwmedicine.org/reproductive-justice-ob-gyn/
  • Disability Allyship 26 Day Challenge
    UW Disability Studies Faculty Drs. Heather Evans and Heather Feldner invite you to participate in a Disability Allyship 26-day Challenge. Starting on April 5th, we challenge you to spend 5-20 mins every day for 26 days engaging with an item from a curated set of materials aimed to expand your knowledge of ableism and broaden your perspectives of disability. Visit the website for more information.
  • Massive Defeat For Anti-Trans And Anti-LGBTQ+ Riders In Spending Bill As Dems Hold Firm
    The recent spending bill introduced by Congress, which is designed to prevent a government shutdown, managed to omit most of the conservative policy riders aimed at limiting LGBTQ+ protections, including those against gender-affirming care and transgender athletes. Amidst significant negotiations and Republican efforts to enforce these provisions, the final bill includes just one anti-LGBTQ+ policy—a restriction on displaying pride flags on foreign embassy buildings, marking a significant victory for Democrats… Read more: Massive Defeat For Anti-Trans And Anti-LGBTQ+ Riders In Spending Bill As Dems Hold Firm
  • Health Careers Opportunity Program Coach
    See and apply for the full position posting at this link: https://uwhires.admin.washington.edu/ENG/candidates/default.cfm?szCategory=jobprofile&jobhistory=1&szOrderID=232229 The School of Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Part-Time (50% FTE) HCOP Coach to join their team. The Counseling Services Coordinator is a hybrid, part-time position under the supervision of the Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) Directors and the HCOP Associate Director. The Counseling Services Coordinator (working title: HCOP Coach) will provide substantive advising and student… Read more: Health Careers Opportunity Program Coach

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