MLK DAY 2022

January 17, 2022


Each year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an opportunity for us to reaffirm what it means to serve and reflect on the progress we’ve made toward an equitable future.

The future is created by those who rise to the occasion. Through the ACT initiative, Penn Medicine has committed itself to being an anti-racist organization. We take great pride in the progress we are making.

A more equitable future is being forged by the steps we have taken to improve diversity in clinical trials, recruit and retain a diverse population of faculty, students and staff, provide critical diagnostic testing and administer life-saving vaccines in the communities we serve, and nurture a rising generation of care providers versed in the building-blocks of health equity. These, and other strategic DEI initiatives, also require a focus on a culture of inclusivity, treating one another with respect, gratitude, and an appreciation that our differences are a source of strength. The creativity, ingenuity, and determination behind these achievements ripples throughout the organization, evoking change in every corner.

We have made great strides, and are relentless in our pursuit. In the words and spirit of Dr. King, “we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back.” The journey to greater equity is in each and every one of our hands.

Today and every day, we are committed to service and equality for all. As citizens of the world. As Americans. As the people of Penn Medicine.

J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, EVP/Dean

Kevin B. Mahoney, CEO UPHS