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Omar Young, MD, FACOG from UNC Health’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has received the Professional Development Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities Institute for Health Professions Education. The program, Health Humanities: Dismantling Structural Injustice in Healthcare, advocates for integrating the humanities in health professions education.

“This virtual longitudinal institute will empower health professions and faculty to leverage the health humanities in their educational and scholarly practice,” said Dr. Young. “While creating a unique community of practice at the forefront of a cutting-edge movement to meaningfully integrate humanities in health professions education.”

The National Endowment for the Humanities is one of the largest funders of humanities programs in the United States. The NEH awards grants for “top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers,” according to the site. 

“This program will allow for an introduction to the health humanities, structural competency, history and theories of racism in healthcare, and health humanities-based approaches to addressing injustice. This will culminate in a capstone project at a symposium hosted by Johns Hopkins University,” said Dr. Young.

Dr. Omar M Young is an Associate Professor at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, where he serves as the Vice Chair of Education as well as the Associate Residency Program Director.