We are honored to serve a diverse group of patients in our emergency departments. We also respect the experiences, opinions, values, religions and backgrounds of our team members and strive to celebrate the differences that make us a more effective health care team. Our goal is to provide excellent health care to all patients without discrimination. We achieve this goal through education, mentorship and recruitment. We are committed, life-long learners. Continually educating ourselves and our learners in how to combat bias and to provide culturally humble care. We strongly believe in creating an inclusive workspace that transcends differences and in recruiting physicians who contribute to our mission and values.
What are We Doing Now
We are focused on advancing knowledge about combatting personal biases by learning how to provide culturally humble care. In the past academic year, we have held quarterly educational sessions dedicated to a variety of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) topics. These sessions included:
- June 21, 2021, Microaggressions Workshop – A focused session and workshop on tools to address microaggressions in the workplace.
- November 3, 2021, Indian Health Services – Presented by Dr. Michael Henry, a PGY3 resident, who is dedicated to working with the Indian Health Services.
- January 12, 2022, Reproductive Health – Presented by Dr. Atsuko Koyama, pediatric emergency medicine physician, who is passionate about women’s reproductive health.
- March 23, 2022, Stereotype Bias in Medicine – A lecture presentation to the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Faculty by Inclusive Excellence champions Drs. Cammy Bellis and Dean Lucio.
- July 20, 2022, Advancing Equity in Community – Presented by Dr. Crista Johnson, founder and director of the Refugee Women's Health Clinic at District Medical Group and Valleywise Health.
The emergency medicine resident physicians taught local high school students emergency department procedures to develop enthusiasm about the medical field. The high school students really enjoyed the session!
The emergency medicine resident physicians created care packages donated to Circle the City, a non-profit community health organization dedicated to providing health care to people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. As a department, we raised enough money to make 100 packages!