Deans' Team Award for Inclusion Excellence Recipients
Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CHRD) Team (Community Engagement)
The Center for Reducing Health Disparities (CHRD) team works at every level to advance health equity through community-partnered collaborations. Members of the CHRD team lead a five-year project to improve the Solano County Department of Health and Social Services systems to address the cultural and linguistic needs of immigrant communities. The team also leads the California Reducing Disparities Project (CRDP) program aimed at improving mental health of underserved communities and actively participates in developing community-defined evidence to improve health equalities for the communities they currently serve.
This team is actively involved in agencies and organizations that serve the LGBTQ, underserved Latino and Filipino communities to address utilization barriers in public health. The team also promotes dialogue and social justice through the Racial Healing Project, providing a safe space for communities to embrace the value of diversity and inclusion utilizing the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Implementation Guide (Kellog Foundation). They actively partner with community based organizations such as Solano Pride, Rio Vista Care, and Fighting Back Partnership in Solano County to expand inclusive medical services and education needed to make the most vulnerable populations stronger, better served, and hopeful.
Office of Medical Education (OME) Team (Community Engagement)
The Office of Medical Education team works at every level recognizing, addressing, and impacting the reduction of health-care inequities. They use every element of the UCDHS to improve community health believing that quality health care is essentially a function of economic and social determinants. Then they develop systems such as using holistic admissions and pipeline programs to ensure that these disparities in society are addressed. Active members of the OME team, students are directed toward programs such as One Health, Student Run Clinics, community education, and then actively participate in every element of the community from coat and food drives to advocating for decreasing disparity by increasing diversity and inclusion.
Office of Medical Education students, staff, faculty and leadership are actively involved in agencies and organizations that serve the URM populations participating in outreach and pipeline programs, community service through Student Run Clinics, and fundraising efforts as well as giving through organizations. They actively promote expanding services to be inclusive of the excellent medical care and education needed to make the most vulnerable populations stronger, better served and hopeful. Also, OME never ceases to look for new opportunities to work in public policy forums and recruit the best and brightest individuals from all walks of life and backgrounds to serve on community committees moving the mission of UCDHS forward.
Women’s Careers in Biomedical Sciences (Research)
This team’s work has developed best practices, contributed to a doubling of the % of women faculty in the health sciences, and positioned our Women in Medicine and Health Sciences (WIMHS) program as an American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) national leader. This research team successfully obtained one of only 14 National Institutes of Health (NIH) RO1 grants on women’s careers in biomedical sciences, and one of only four grants from the ACE/Sloan Foundation. In the past six years they published eight original research manuscripts (plus two more submitted papers) in high visibility journals, including an ‘innovation’ description of WIMHS.
On the health sciences campus the team has worked with multiple groups and units including the Council of Chairs, the Council of Managers, Departments, Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH), American Medical Women's Association (AMWA), and the UC Davis Schools of Health Mentoring Academy. They have engaged CBS and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in research, as non-health science and health science comparator schools, respectively, and UC Davis ADVANCE and Center for Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) programs. They serve as mentors/role models for undergraduate/graduate students and faculty including an 18-month WIMHS mentoring opportunity.
Smoking Cessation Team (Clinical Care)
Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of death and disability, and Sacramento has a higher smoking prevalence rate (18%) than the state. This multidisciplinary team of health professionals and staff has been key in improving how UC Davis Health identifies and assists current or passive smokers in the outpatient and inpatient setting. The signature accomplishment of this team, lead by Dr. Elisa Tong, is developing the state's first direct eReferral to the California Smokers' Helpline, which offers free evidence-based telephone counseling in multiple languages. This has been shared with the other 4 UC medical centers who are now live. Other accomplishments include initiating electronic medical record modifications that promote assistance with medications and counseling, a tobacco cessation counseling protocol for pharmacy students on the medicine ward teams, and comprehensive patient education materials. Developments initiated from this team have been a model for other UC medical centers to adopt systems change more rapidly
Promoting Inclusion, Cognitive Diversity and Health Equity through Faculty Development Team (Education)
Dr. Debra Bakerjian and Dr. Kupiri Ackerman-Barger have made an outstanding contribution to the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the School of Medicine through a faculty development series titled, Promoting Inclusion, Cognitive Diversity & Health Equity through Faculty Development. These two faculty members designed, coordinated, implemented, and co-presented this faculty development series which provided faculty with in-depth learning opportunities to explore both personal and professional perspectives on important topics related to diversity and inclusion: micro-aggressions, unconscious bias, stereotype threat, privilege and inequity in education and health care.
Promoting Inclusion, Cognitive Diversity & Health Equity through Faculty Development was developed to provide learning activities to enhance the ability of a multidisciplinary group of healthcare educators to increase workforce diversity and promote health equity. The structure of the series included self-directed learning modules housed in a learning management system accompanied by quarterly face-to-face workshops over a ten month period of time. The series included an interprofessional cadre of experts, both internal and external, who were able to provide a wide range of content expertise as well as underscore the importance of interprofessional collaboration, respect and humility that are essential for bringing up the next generations of health care professionals. There were over 40 faculty multidisciplinary participants (including but not limited to fields of nursing, physician assistant, medicine, public health, psychology, sociology, and) who teach nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse and medical students.