Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Similar to other individuals and institutions across the nation, we have been disheartened and distressed by recent events resulting in the loss of life of members of the Black community, and by ongoing injustice against and mistreatment of marginalized groups.

As health care providers who have the privilege to shape the lives of the families we treat and the communities in which we serve, it is our responsibility to be empowered agents of meaningful change. Through the medical care we provide, the curriculum we teach, the research we conduct, and the culture we promote, we commit to stemming the tide of racism and uniting behind a common call of being anti-racist and anti-discriminatory.

Medicine is no exception to long-standing injustice and division. We recognize that change must begin from within. We are taking the following steps to promote this necessary change:

Recruitment

As a program, we believe that intersectional diversity in residents, faculty, and staff adds invaluable perspective to intellectual discourse and leads to excellence in patient care. We recognize that there are groups who have been historically underrepresented in medicine, and we are committed to taking meaningful steps toward dismantling this history. We are actively working to recruit diverse individuals to become members of our team.

  • We are working to diminish implicit bias in the recruitment process by standardizing anchors to behavioral interview questions and requiring that all members of the recruitment committee participate in an implicit bias training refresher course.

Patient Care

In our work with patients and clinical teaching, we strive to appreciate the unique biopsychosocial context of each individual patient and integrate this information to provide equitable, compassionate, patient-centered, evidence-based, and high-quality care.

  • We care for a diverse patient population in our Center for Family Medicine. Providers work with our in-house social worker to help provide resources to patients to address social determinants of health. For example, our clinic provides boxes of low-cost fresh produce to patients through the Food Share program https://www.millvillagefarms.org/fsg. The Center for Family Medicine is working to develop quality improvement projects to address additional social determinants of health and standardize clinic processes to eliminate disparities in care.
  • We continue to work to provide opportunities to treat different types of patients in unique settings including the Mobile Health Clinic (serving underinsured and uninsured patients in the community), Detention Center (serving individuals who are incarcerated), and Veterans Affairs Clinic. All residents also receive formal clinical training in caring for LGBTQ+ individuals during a dedicated clinic at the Center for Family Medicine and on the Adolescent Medicine rotation. Many faculty and residents also volunteer their time in the Greenville Free Clinic.

Curriculum

We are adapting our curriculum in order to help residents understand and address the broader societal and healthcare system patterns that differentially impact people’s health.

  • Curriculum changes include new didactic sessions on topics including cultural humility (May 2020), health disparities, and social determinants of health.
  • We are working to implement a diversity and health disparities checklist that every faculty didactic presenter will complete prior to teaching.

Culture

We do not tolerate overt racist or other discriminatory behavior. We also strive to promote a learning environment of openness and curiosity, where learners feel safe to be honest and vulnerable as they engage in personal growth. We believe that inclusion is a critical element for successfully achieving and maintaining diversity. Our goal is to cultivate an environment that fosters belonging, respect, and value for all. We hope to achieve this goal by nurturing the inclusive climate and culture of the program through professional development, education, policy, and practice.

  • The faculty are engaging in professional development in diversity and inclusion; for example, we are reviewing our patient notes for stereotypes to become more aware of biases and engaging in learning about how to address microaggressions that occur in the clinical learning environment.
  • We aim to hold ourselves accountable to these goals by surveying the trainees using the validated Negative Acts Questionnaire-Revised.

We are committed to consistently reflecting and challenging ourselves and our program to do our best to contribute to change in all areas of our work. Please review the following links for more information and feel free to reach out to us with additional questions via email Ashleyhibbitts@prismahealth.org.

https://www.ghs.org/diversity/

https://www.ghs.org/diversity/commitmentoworkforce/

https://www.ghs.org/diversity/employee-resource-groups/

https://hsc.ghs.org/kirkland-society/?_ga=2.262522316.1548696355.1601669462-1004316122.1591041264

https://www.ghs.org/diversity/lgbt/