OHEI launches Humanities Series at UMHS

March 28, 2016  //  FOUND IN: News,

The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion is proud to announce the launch of its Humanities Series, lectures that feature guest speakers who will speak to a variety of topics about culturally competent care.

“The purpose of the Humanities Series is to understand how human culture effects medical care, and to promote diversity, equity and inclusion for our patients, staff and learners,” David J. Brown, M.D., Associate Vice President and Associate Dean of Health Equity and Inclusion.

The first lecture of the Humanities Series at UMHS takes place on Wednesday, March 30 with Barbara E. Warren, Psy.D, LMHC, titled, “Mainstreaming LGBT Health in Academic Medical Centers: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies.” Dr. Warren is director for LGBT programs and policies in the office for diversity and inclusion of the Mount Sinai Health System, where she is leading the implementation of the Human Rights Campaign’s and the Joint Commission’s guidelines for LGBT affirmative and culturally competent health care in the organization. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Warren served as distinguished lecturer and the inaugural director for the Center for LGBT Social Science and Public Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

Dr. Warren’s talk coincides with campus-wide LGBTQ Health Awareness Week hosted by the Spectrum Center. The Center’s goal is that the events offered will create spaces in which both students and community members can engage and will find meaningful, valuable, and useful to their own lives. This is the first time the Spectrum Center has hosted a week around this particular topic, which takes a look at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and attractionality as it relates to health and wellness. Future talks will focus on care of Muslim patients, and the Flint water crisis.

The inaugural Humanities Series lecture and Q&A session will be held on Wednesday, March 30 from 5:15 – 6:30 p.m. at the Medical Science Building I, room 3330.  All UM employees and learners are invited to attend. There is no registration for the event.  A video-recording of the talk with closed captioning will be available to the UMHS and UM community. For more information, please contact OHEIhumanities@umich.edu.

To learn more about The Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI), visit http://www.med.umich.edu/ohei/.



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