Michigan Medicine honored with two national awards for its commitment to diversity

November 20, 2019  //  FOUND IN: News
Phyllis Blackman of OHEI accepts the organization’s award from blackdoctor.org.

Michigan Medicine has been diligent to its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The implementation of the five-year strategic plan has begun the process of shifting the climate of DEI at Michigan Medicine. The impact of this plan has not only spread across the organization, but has generated national attention, as well.

Last month, Michigan Medicine received both INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award and BlackDoctor.org’s 2019-2020 Top Hospitals for Diversity and Equity award.

“We are honored that the strategic DEI initiatives that we have instituted are being recognized nationwide alongside health systems that are leading the way for health equity,” said David J. Brown, M.D., associate vice president and associate dean of the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion.

“We have done great work with our foundational trainings like our Unconscious Bias sessions and Bystander trainings. This has set the stage for our developing programs that take a deeper dive into cultural humility, health care disparities and social determinants of health.”

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine is the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The annual Health Professions HEED Award is a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Michigan Medicine will be featured, along with 42 other recipients, in the December 2019 issue.

“We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity. “Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

BlackDoctor.org is the leading health and wellness destination for African Americans with an audience of more than 19 million. On Oct. 30, Michigan Medicine was presented with the 2019-2020 Top Hospitals for Diversity and Equity award at BlackDoctor.org’s first Health Equity Conference in Washington D.C. Each hospital honored with the award delivers quality care at the highest level, while promoting equity and inclusion in their operations, programs, services and staffing.

“Our 19 million-plus audience places a great importance upon cultural humility and sensitivity when it comes to the entire healthcare delivery system,” said BlackDoctor.org CEO Reggie Ware in an open letter penned to award recipients and conference attendees. “Our users have expressed a strong desire for us to point them in the right direction to providers and companies who excel in these areas. Organizations who are working hard to see that everyone is treated fairly regardless of race or creed are highlighted here.”         

Congratulations, Michigan Medicine, on national recognition and dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion!