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Our Department has a history of working to address health disparities and is striving to be a leader in the country in tackling systemic racism and expanding equity and inclusion in health care. It goes at the heart of who we are as a Department – the mission to make healthcare work for everyone. This noble mission and years of well-intentioned hard work have not spared the department from the societal challenges of health inequities among the people of the state and a lack of diversity, equity, and inclusion among our faculty and trainees. The past several years have brought about much-needed awareness of long unaddressed systemic racism in America, and have spurred the department to reflect on our mission of caring for all the people we serve, from patients to employees, and to reconcile the discrepancy between our stated ideals with the reality of our department’s history and current workplace community.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leaders

Alexa Mieses Malchuk, MD, MPH is the Director of Inclusive Excellence for Faculty. She leads faculty development, from creating a new leadership program for junior faculty to developing more senior faculty so they can better serve as mentors. She serves as the department’s diversity liaison to the UNC School of Medicine.

Venus Standard, MSN, CNM, is our Director of DEI Education and Community Engagement. She employs her considerable experience and entrepreneurship to engage our communities, both inside and outside the department, and lead DEI education and curricular initiatives for staff, residents, and faculty.

 

UNC Family Medicine Strategic Plan
The department has recently released its 2021-2026 DEI Strategic Plan. We view this as a living document as we continue to understand more about the changes required to improve our department.

The UNC Family Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fund is utilized by DEI leaders Alexa Mieses Malchuk and Venus Standard for efforts such as training faculty and staff in innovative methods of addressing unconscious bias and inherent racism, resources for residency education, pilot funds for research to improve current inequities, inclusive outreach to our community and state, and more. If you feel so moved you may give easily and securely to these efforts at go.unc.edu/FM-DEIfund, or contact Reid_Johnson@med.unc.edu for more info.