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Welcome to Penn Medicine's Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Eve J. HigginbothamLasting commitment is born of genuine appreciation for that which we aspire to be.  Penn Medicine’s commitment to inclusion and diversity is more than words echoing our evolving society; it is a commitment backed by actions that are the foundation of our eminence, core values, and the strategic priorities that drive how we discover, educate, and serve the world.

Penn Medicine’s five-year strategic plan 2013-2017, Shaping the Future of Medicine, defined our priorities; one of which was the creation of the Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID).  Our efforts are aimed at supporting the many innovative programs underway, as well as exploring new opportunities to embrace diversity and broaden access to people of all ethnicities, historical traditions and economic backgrounds, genders, religions and disabilities, and respecting sexual orientation and veteran status.  I urge you to visit our site often and let us share in this commitment with you.

To learn more about the OID and its initiatives review our first annual report.

BLOG: Conversations About Inclusion and Diversity

So What Did We Learn About Health Equity at Our 2016 MLK Symposium?

If you missed the 2016 MLK Symposium this year held on January 27, don’t despair. The Leonard Davis Institute posted a blog by Imran Cronk, which nicely summarizes what you missed.

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"From the Desk of Penn Faculty..."

From Rhetoric to Reality — Community Health Works in Post-Reform U.S. Health Care

Community health workers (CHWs) are community members who are trained to bridge the gap between health care providers and patients. Many low-income countries, facing shortages of health care professionals, rely on CHWs to perform various public health and clinical functions, including vaccination.Read more

MLK Health Equity Symposium
MLK Health Equity Symposium

Please join the Office of Inclusion & Diversity, Perelman School of Medicine as we host our second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Health Equity Symposium. Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th Surgeon General of the United States will be the keynote speaker. In addition to Dr. Carmona, Dr. Jerry Johnson will moderate a panel of four Penn faculty members: Jaya Aysola MD, DTMH, MPH, Tiffani Johnson, MD, MSc, Shreya Kangovi, MD, MS and C. Neil Epperson, MD.

Save the date and time: January 27, 2016 at 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM with a reception to follow. See you then.      

To view the save the date click hereto register for the event visit

Inclusion as a core competence of professionalism in the twenty-first century
Inclusion as a core competence of professionalism in the twenty-first century article

On July 6, 2005, the United Kingdom figuratively held its breath as it waited to hear whether London had won the bid for the 2012 Olympics. Read more

Funding Opportunities

  • RFA-EB-16-001

    Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (SBIR) (R43/R44)

  • RFA-HD-16-040

    Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions(ATN) Coordinating Center (CC) (U24)

  • RFA-HD-16-035

    Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions (ATN) Research Program Grants (U19)

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