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Diversity and Inclusion

“Diversity describes who we are. It’s a nod to the unique qualities every individual brings to our program and builds our foundation. Diversity loses its impact, however, unless inclusivity, which builds a culture of belonging by actively inviting the contribution and participation of all people happens.”  – Keisha Gibson, MD

Inclusivity means not ‘just we’re allowed to be there,’ but we are valued. I’ve always said: smart teams will do amazing things, but truly diverse teams will do impossible things. ~Claudia Brind-Woody (IBM Executive)

Read full letter from Dr. Keisha Gibson

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Publications & Research
Integrating Social Services & Health

Health-related social needs, which include food insecurity, housing instability, and lack of transportation, are strongly associated with poor health outcomes, more health care use, and higher health care spending. Integrating human services that address health-related social needs into health care may address these issues. Full article

COVID-19 and Health Equity Latino Health During a Pandemic
The News and Observer reported that a survey on coronavirus among Latinos, of corresponding health departments in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties, resulted in data from 46 counties. “Information from the remaining 54 counties was either not provided or health departments did not respond to requests for it,” the story reported.
WILEY Cancer Medicine
A system-based intervention to reduce Black-White disparities in the treatment of early stage lung Cancer: A pragmatic trial at five Cancer centers. Advances in early diagnosis…
Minorities are Disproportionately Affected By COVID-19
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, a professor of medicine in the division of general medicine, and Alexa Mieses Malchuk, MD, assistant professor of family medicine, told ABC 11 News that “COVID-19 is putting a magnifying glass on health disparities.”
Epidemiology of Acute Kidney Injury in Malawi
Last December, Erica Bjornstad, MD, MPH, a third-year pediatric nephrology fellow, received a funding award from the International Society of Nephrology to study the epidemiology of acute kidney injury (AKI) in a Malawian trauma cohort. The UNC Kidney Center matched this funding, and now Bjornstad’s project is well underway at Kamuzu Central Hospital, in conjunction with UNC Project Malawi and the UNC Department of Surgery’s Malawi Surgical Initiative.
Increasing Minority Participation in Lupus Trails
Education & Trainings
DEI Trainings/DEI Certificate Program
The DEI Certificate Program is a new initiative from the SOM Office of Inclusive Excellence in support of the 2019 SOM Strategic Plan to foster an inclusive workplace environment. The program’s curriculum offers workshops and trainings designed to broaden awareness about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion topics among the SOM faculty/staff and deepen engagement with and between individuals in the SOM at all levels – from patients to leadership. The workshops offered as part of the certificate program address a broad array of DEI topics, including those related to race and ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, culture and religion, socioeconomic status, and more.
Safe Zone Training

Standard Safe Zone

The Standard Safe Zone is a four-hour training

Harvard Implicit Bias Assessment Test Syllabus for Anti-Racist Curriculum Wellness Toolkit
In response to the racial and social injustices occurring in our country, the Well-Being program presents a repository of resources for individuals looking to further educate themselves on these vital issues. These resources are aimed at acknowledging the mistreatment, providing safe spaces for dialogue and planning for positive change, and addresses the emotional tolls taken on people during this disturbing time. We are One Great Team and when any of our teammates are hurting, we should all pull together to support them.
Commemorating Pride Month: History, Education, SafeZone Training
BIPOC Mental Health
Recognizing Mental Health Month for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), An Interview with Amy Weil, MD, on Trauma Informed Care.
Juneteenth Office of Inclusive Excellence
The Office of Inclusive Excellence provides coordination, oversight and leadership of the UNC SOM’s diversity and inclusion programs and leads the school efforts to maintain and continue to build upon a diverse faculty and inclusive environment that values and respects the contributions of all members of the community.
Going Beyond the Statement

Going Beyond the Statement: Dismantling Systemic Racism in Nephrology

Dynamic, thoughtful and wide-ranging discussion between four expert panelists. Dr. Vanessa Grubbs, Dr. Dana Mitchell, Dr. Will Ross and Dr. Kevin Tucker discuss racism in kidney care and social determinants of health, challenges building a diverse pipeline of future nephrologists, race-based diagnostic measures and barriers to career advancement.

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