Stories from 2006 - 2008
“Mixing It Up”
While there had been earlier efforts to improve diversity on a smaller level, the launch of an organization-wide effort demonstrated the commitment to changing Hopkins’ culture and remaining a leader in the field.
Outreach manager Crystal Evans educates African Americans about memory loss.
A growing roster of clinicians in Hopkins Medicine is reaching out to help Baltimore’s Hispanic immigrant families lead healthier lives.
A scholarship program has helped to attract the most sought-after minority students to the school of medicine in recent years.
“Minority Recruitment Recognized”
Johns Hopkins physician in chief Myron “Mike” Weisfeldt was awarded the 2008 Diversity Award from the Association of Professors of Medicine.
“The Right Direction”
The Department of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital is a national pacesetter: One out of every five residents in the internal medicine program now qualifies as an underrepresented minority, compared to a national average of 13.5 percent.
“Overcoming the ‘Disconnect’ of Disparity”
Lisa Cooper, an African-American professor of medicine and the recipient of a $500,000 MacArthur “genius” Fellowship in 2007, is an internationally recognized expert in racial and ethnic disparities in health care.
“Building the Pipeline”
In 1996, underrepresented minorities—African Americans and Hispanics—made up just 5 percent of incoming residents in Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center’s Department of Medicine. But steady and dedicated efforts, such as changing how the department recruits and selects residents, have pushed minority representation to 33 percent of the interns who entered in 2007.
“The Difference a Word Makes”
Johns Hopkins Medicine added language about diversity to its mission, vision and core values statement—the entity’s guiding values and principles. “Adding the word makes it official,” says Dean/CEO Ed Miller, “that we’re committed to hiring people from across all cultures.”