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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

National Research Priorities, Funding Announced for Tackling Health Disparities in Surgery Laura Newman and Jaya Aysola MD, DTMH, MPH

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Spotlight

"From the Desk of Penn Faculty..."
Setting a National Agenda for Surgical Disparities

Setting a National Agenda for Surgical Disparities Research Recommendations From the National Institutes of Health and American College of Surgeons Summit


Health care disparities (differential access, care, and outcomes owing to factors such as race/ethnicity) are widely established. Compared with other groups, African American individuals have an increased mortality risk across multiple surgical procedures. Gender, sexual orientation, age, and geographic disparities are also well documented. Further research is needed to mitigate these inequities. To do so, the American College of Surgeons and the National Institutes of Health–National Institute of Minority Health and Disparities convened a research summit to develop a national surgical disparities research agenda and funding priorities. Read more
"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

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)

  • NOT-MD-16-006

    Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Research on Disparities in Surgical…

  • NOT-MD-16-005

    Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Research on Disparities in Surgical…

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