Addressing Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in Health Care
A closer look at UF Health Jacksonville's efforts toward diversity and inclusion.
This is what we strive for at UF Health, and it is the driving force behind our diversity and inclusion efforts as an organization.
The topic of equitable treatment has become a worldwide conversation with the recent unjust deaths of George Floyd and many others in the Black community. It has sparked a large-scale movement of protests this year, continuing the fight against racism and social injustices that are still present in today’s society.
Health inequities span the spectrum of medical care, from pain management and preventive screenings to timely treatment for conditions such as heart disease and cancer. These inequities have become even more apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is disproportionately impacting vulnerable communities of color.
Reflecting on George Floyd and similar incidents preceding it, many people feel conflicting emotions of outrage, fear and sadness, along with hope that there will be an end to the discrimination and hatred.
We need to first acknowledge and listen to the grief of our colleagues and friends who are part of minority communities. Being open to hear their struggles and see the world through their eyes is a step toward understanding and growth.
From an organizational standpoint, we will continue to make equity in health care a strategic priority. One important part is examining our current policies to identify where inequities are present and what actions should be taken to achieve greater fairness.
We also need to empower future generations entering the work force with the same principles, so they may carry it on in their daily lives and practice.
Our efforts toward inclusion, diversity, equity and access, more commonly referred to as IDEA, are also connected with other colleges and business units at the University of Florida through a network of campus diversity liaisons led by Antonio Farias, the university’s chief diversity officer, Antonio Farias.
Learning and embracing IDEA in your work around our organization, along with supporting the vision, strategic priorities and the incredible work ahead will ensure a climate of civility and respect, which is essential to our daily interactions and the patient care we provide. You will play an integral role as we strive to promote inclusion throughout the organization. Your input is always welcome, and we look forward to building a culture of inclusive excellence together.
Ann-Marie Knight, MHA
Vice President of Community Engagement, UF Health Jacksonville
Chief Diversity Officer, UF Health Jacksonville
Madeline Joseph, MD
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville
Associate Dean for Inclusion and Equity, University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville