Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI). This office is responsible for managing and directing diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives across UC Davis Health System: School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, UC Davis Medical Center, and Practice Management Group. The foundation of the OEDI is in alignment with the University of California Diversity Statement that states:
“Diversity should…be integral to the University’s achievement of excellence….excellence that truly incorporates diversity…can promote mutual respect and make possible the full, effective use of the talents and abilities of all to foster innovation and train future leadership.”
I am proud to announce that as of July 1, 2014, the new office framework will bring together the Office of Student and Resident Diversity and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities under the wing of the OEDI. This new partnership brings lots of promise and opportunities for innovation. This unity will ultimately strengthen our diversity and inclusion efforts throughout the health system. Both units have been recognized nationally for their robust programs, activities, research and outcomes. In addition, the OEDI will focus on four main areas: workforce development, institutional culture/climate and community engagement, multicultural education, and research. Learn more by viewing the map of services developed for each area (PDF).
Leading the Way in Reducing LGBT Health Disparities (PDF)
briefly highlights how UC Davis Health System is committed to providing equitable, inclusive care for all.
Amid contrasts, Diversity officer looks for similarities:
Learn more about David Acosta, associate vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion.
Office of Student and Resident Diversity
The vision of the Office of Student and Resident Diversity at UC Davis School of Medicine is to create an environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds feel included and respected, produce a physician workforce that reflects the diversity of the state of California, and achieve educational and clinical standards of cultural competence that ultimately will reduce health disparities and provide the best care for all patients.
Diversity – a defining feature of California’s past, present and future – refers to the variety of personal experiences, values and world views that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, language, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status andgeographic region, and more.
Women in Medicine and Health Sciences
UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Health Science (WIMHS) is in alliance with WIMS in medical schools throughout the nation through its interactions with the AAMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS). We partner with the medical student group with a similar mission, American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA.)
The mission of UC Davis School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Health Science is to ensure the full participation and success of women in all roles within academic medicine.
Promote policies, practices, and programs that advance women’s participation and success by:
- Advocating for women’s advancement and leadership in education, research, clinical practice, and administration
- Promoting sustainable strategies to enhance an institutional climate of inclusion, equity and opportunity
- Collecting, analyzing, and applying data to inform institutional and individual decisions and actions
- Developing and disseminating initiatives, resources, and mentoring and professional career development programs
- Recognizing women’s accomplishments
- Creating opportunities for networking
- Working with AAMC and other medical schools to advance women in medicine and science nationally
Center for Reducing Health Disparities
The mission of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities is to promote the health and well-being of diverse communities by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, information dissemination within a prevention, early intervention, and treatment framework that recognizes the unique cultural and linguistic contexts of these populations.
The Center for Reducing Health Disparities’ main goal is to create and foster an innovative research environment in which:
- New, scientific and practical understandings of health disparities can be achieved.
- The knowledge generated can be translated, shared (through education and training) and disseminated.
- New approaches to reducing these disparities can be developed for implementation throughout California and beyond.