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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.