Why I Work Here: Peggy Wright, Office for Health Equity and Inclusion
Michigan Medicine is a world-class destination for patient care, education and research, thanks to its exceptional faculty and staff. Headlines wanted to hear firsthand why employees chose Michigan Medicine to make their contributions to health care.
Employees like Peggy Wright, an executive assistant in the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI), who has been with the organization since 2014.
For Wright, landing a position at Michigan Medicine was the realization of a dream come true.
“My family has had a personal connection to this organization for a long, long time,” Wright said. “My sister worked in medical records for more than 15 years before recently retiring. She also received life-saving cancer treatments by participating in a clinical trial here in 2004. On top of that, my father donated his remains to the organization for research when he passed away. I knew working for Michigan Medicine would be an opportunity to serve the greater good and improve our community and society.”
‘More than a job’
Wright currently works as the executive assistant to David J. Brown, M.D., associate vice president and associate dean for health equity and inclusion and associate professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery. In her position, Wright provides administrative support for OHEI’s Diversity Fund, Michigan Medicine’s diversity, equity and inclusion mini grants and assists with various other OHEI events and projects.
It is a role she feels honored to be in.
“OHEI’s vision is ‘creating a world where every person feels valued and can thrive,’” Wright said. “I feel I get to uphold these values every single day.”
But it’s not just that vision that inspires Wright. She also pointed to the organization’s commitment to faculty and staff as a key contributor to her wanting to build a career at Michigan Medicine.
“I love the dedication to wellness and physical and mental health that MHealthy and other programs provide,” said Wright, who is currently serving her second term as OHEI’s MHealthy champion. Wright applied for and received an MHealthy grant last year for OHEI, which inspired her to play an even bigger role on campus.
“I decided to volunteer for Voices of the Staff, which gives employees a forum to share ideas and help shape the campus community,” said Wright, who is a new member of Voices’ Striving for Well-being Network Team.
Voices was just another way for Wright to improve an organization she already felt strongly about.
“I work for the greatest institution in the state and one of the best in the nation,” Wright said. “We serve those in need of healing, those pursuing an excellent education and those who make extraordinary discoveries that save lives. That makes this more than a job to me — it’s truly a remarkable place to be.”
“And my personal connection here will continue into the next generation, as my daughter is pursuing the finest education — just finishing her first year at U-M. I’m incredibly proud of her carrying on this tradition!”
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