In this issue, you’ll learn more about the individuals who make up the hospital’s Diversity Council. The council has done great work over the years to show how our different cultures, beliefs and backgrounds create a strong, vibrant organization. Additionally, we have established the UF Health Science Center’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Advisory Council, or IDEA. The purpose of IDEA is to cultivate a culture of inclusive excellence, where inclusion, diversity, equity and access serve as the foundation for our medical care, education, innovation and research efforts.
I encourage you to communicate respectfully with your colleagues and leaders on topics concerning diversity and inclusion. We are not perfect and have a lot to learn, so as you continue caring for our patients, please reach out to one another to show appreciation of our differences and, most importantly, how we can continue to work together to make our organization a leader in this city.
As always, thank you for all that you do every day. UF Health strives to serve the entire community, and I appreciate your efforts to make our mission a reality: to heal, to comfort, to educate and to discover. This is what makes UF Health so special to the fabric of Northeast Florida.
Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA
CEO, UF Health Jacksonville
Dean, UF College of Medicine – Jacksonville