Building an Equity-Centered Ecosystem: University of Utah Health as a Microcosm

Quang Tuyen Nguyen, Victoria Cabal, Michelle Debbink, David Acosta, Valerie J. Flattes, Donna Baluchi, Natasha Ovuoba, Paloma F. Cariello, Bart T. Watts, Erin R. Clouse, Heather Nyman, Eliza Taylor, Line Kemeyou, Julie E. Lucero, Judy C. Washington, Edgar Figueroa, Kendall M. Campbell, Abdulkhaliq Barbaar, Stacy A. Ogbeide, José E. Rodríguez

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Academic medicine, and medicine in general, are less diverse than the general patient population. Family Medicine, while still lagging behind the general population, has the most diversity in leadership and in the specialty in general, and continues to lead in this effort, with 16.7% of chairs identifying as underrepresented in medicine. Historical and current systematic marginalization of Black or African American, Latina/e/o/x, Hispanic or of Spanish Origin (LHS), American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Southeast Asian individuals has created severe underrepresentation within health sciences professions. Over the last 30 years, the percentage of faculty from these groups has increased from 7 to 9% in allopathic academic medicine, with similar increases in Osteopathic Medicine, Dentistry, and Pharmacy, but all lag behind age-adjusted population means. Traditionally, diversity efforts have focused on increasing pathway programs to address this widening disparity. While pathway programs are a good start, they are only a portion of what is needed to create lasting change in the diversity of the medical profession as well as the career trajectory and success of underrepresented in medicine (URiM) health professionals toward self-actualization and positions of leadership. This article elucidates all parts of an ecosystem necessary to ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion outcomes can improve.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
PublicaciónJournal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
EstadoAccepted/In press - 2024

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Anthropology
  • Health Policy
  • Sociology and Political Science


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