Week in Review: Transgender couple fulfills dream; Flexible First roadmap — and more!

August 27, 2021  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources,

From inclusivity to flexibility, Headlines had it all this week!

For instance, there was a story about a transgender couple who — with the help of Michigan Medicine experts — were able to receive gender-affirming care while going through childbirth and labor. Readers also found out about a group of employees working to tackle health disparities in the community; the organization laid out a roadmap for employees who will be returning to campus in the months ahead; and the Biotech Career Development Program outlined how it is helping grad students find success after school.

In case you missed anything, here’s the Week in Review!

Transgender couple fulfills dream to become parents

Jesse Ballard and his wife, Maria, had been trying to conceive. But they weren’t sure it would be successful, as both are transgender and the gender-affirming hormone therapies they had previously been on can interfere with fertility. But a team at Michigan Medicine was able to come together to make the BAllards’ dream a reality. Check out their heartwarming story!

Plan ahead checklist, roadmap can help returning employees; forum set for Aug. 31

As many employees look to return to the office in the months ahead — after more than 18 months at home — the organization has created a checklist and roadmap that will help make the process as smooth as possible. Click through for more on these resources and other tips that will help managers and employees alike successfully make the eventual transition.

Diversity Means More: AROC subcommittee tackles health disparities and inequities in our community

Members of the Community Work subcommittee within the Anti-Racism Oversight Committee (AROC) are looking into ways the organization can improve the community around us. Among that work is a robust planning initiative to address ways Michigan Medicine can revitalize the Ypsilanti Health Center to improve health outcomes, and a pilot program to assess equity in lung transplant access, practice and care. Click here to learn more and here to find out how you can become a new member of AROC!

Exploring career options with the Biotech Career Development Program

Just last year, Jackee Sanchez, Ph.D., was a grad student in pharmacology at Michigan Medicine. Now, she works as a medical science liaison for the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. She credits much of her success to the Biotech Career Development Program, a collaboration between the Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and Fast Forward Medical Innovation. Take a closer look at this unique program!

The Wrap employee podcast also got into the inclusive spirit this week! The show focuses on accessibility at Michigan Medicine with Christa Moran of Interpreter Services. Moran and co-hosts Daniel Ellman and Hunter Mitchell discuss ongoing initiatives and ways you can help make the organization more open and accessible to those with disabilities or who do not speak English as their primary language.

Check it out via the YouTube video at the top of the page or media player below. Please note, the media player is not compatible on Internet Explorer, so open this story in a new browser or search for The Wrap on your personal device to take a listen!