Orange County Healthcare Diversity Summit
The Healthcare Diversity Summit was a joint venture between the UCI College of Health Sciences and the California Diversity Council. Convening in May 2019, the summit sought to develop and enhance culturally inclusive professionals, behaviors, programs and policies to meet the needs of the diverse communities we serve throughout Southern California. Aimed at professionals in healthcare, biomedical research, and related industries, the summit offered the opportunity to highlight successful best and next practices to address the most pressing issues facing our industry.
The theme of this year’s summit was “Why Diversity Matters in Healthcare? Because it Works!” Sessions addressed three primary themes:
- Workforce Changes – Successful healthcare systems understand that it is crucial to recruit and retain a diversity of employees that better reflect and meet the healthcare needs of the diverse communities that they are increasingly called upon to serve.
- Diversity is More Than You See – Diversity encompasses all of the potential differences that affect how we interpret and behave, differences that are so commonly encountered that we might fail to understand their power. Putting aside our inherent egocentricity, acknowledging the inherent diversity within our practices and workplace will help us understand how others interpret how we interact with them.
- Developing Cultural Competency in Healthcare – The process of developing cultural competence is a means of responding effectively to the huge ethnic and racial demographic shifts and changes that are confronting our country’s healthcare system. To become culturally adept both personally and organizationally requires a well-planned and sustained integrated multicultural approach.
Health Equity and Diversity Lecture Series
The College of Health Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the UCI Center on Law, Equality, and Race (CLEAR) proudly hosted Drs. Kimani Paul-Emile and Alicia Fernandez on February 13, 2019. Drs. Paul-Emile (Fordham University) and Fernandez (UCSF) are co-authors of “Dealing with Racist Patients” along with Alexander K. Smith and Bernard Lo. The article, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2016, is in the 99th percentile of most viewed articles from the journal.
Full video of the event can be found here.
Please be on the lookout for further keynote talks every quarter as part of our ongoing Health Equity and Diversity Lecture Series.
Health Equity and Diversity Symposium
The UCI Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences’ (COHS) Health Equity and Diversity Symposium provides students, residents and fellows, faculty, healthcare professionals and community members with an opportunity to explore innovative strategies to combat health disparities in the United States and around the globe.
This multi-format event features:
- A keynote lecture
- Research presentations
- A panel discussion
- Networking reception
The inaugural Health Equity and Diversity Symposium was held in October 2018. Led by keynote speaker Dr. David Acosta of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the event also featured an array of speakers from multiple disciplines who utilize their diverse academic and professional perspectives to benefit research and practice in the health sciences.
The program booklet for the 2018 symposium can be found here. The program contains detailed information about our speakers and their areas of expertise.
Videos from the event are also available at the following links.
- Lightning Talks: Speakers Nicole Henley, Maritza Salazar Campo, Brian Hurley, Deborah Lefkowitz, & Andy Subica
- Panel: All Speakers moderated by Dele Ogunseitan
- Keynote: David Acosta
Please be on the lookout for the 2nd annual UCI COHS Health Equity and Diversity Symposium in Fall 2019.