Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Our hospital’s stated mission is to improve the health of the people and communities we serve, especially the poor and vulnerable. As our patient population at Seton Women’s Center carries a particularly high risk for poor health outcomes, our efforts towards achieving health equity are an integral part of the SJH OB-Gyn residency program. We strive to continuously work towards achieving a more diverse and equitable environment in the following ways:
- A GME committee oversees diversity/equity/inclusion efforts across all four residency programs at SJH. A committee of interested faculty and residents is also coordinating efforts within the OB-Gyn residency program.
- Residency Climate and Retention: We are committed to maintaining an inclusive and supportive culture and an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Residents and faculty participate in implicit bias and microaggression education as part of our regular curriculum. We are working on expanding access to mentoring opportunities, resources, support, and community for any self-identifying minorities in medicine.
- Recruitment: We recognize that a key part of addressing health inequities is recruiting and retaining a diverse physician workforce, and we are committed to actively recruiting URM candidates for both resident and faculty positions. We also have preference for candidates with a demonstrated high commitment to the care of vulnerable populations, strong connections to underserved communities, and Spanish language proficiency.
- Health Equity Curriculum: We are committed to teaching about and toward health equity as a part of the core curriculum of our residency program. Our 2 year longitudinal Health Equity curriculum covers topics including: health/healthcare disparities, racism, history of race in medicine, social determinants of health, LGBTQ-specific education, and advocacy. We also include cultural competency, implicit bias, and bystander training.
- Community: We are committed to providing high level care to our vulnerable patient population and working to eliminate the inherent barriers and bias that contributes to disparate health outcomes. We commit to exploring the partnerships available to us in our community to work towards achieving health equity. We will train and offer opportunities to our physicians for leadership, advocacy, and organizing work in health justice.
First Anti-Racism Book Club: Medical Apartheid, by Harriett Washington