Our work to build diversity increases our standards of excellence, and enables us to receive grants for valuable research, keeping us on the forefront of innovation.
The ODCC contributed $10,000 to support the Seventh Annual Visiting Professorship for Diversity, October 1-2, 2009. The 2009 Diversity Lectureship was delivered by Dr. Hanna Valentine, Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine and Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Leadership at Stanford University. The ODCC worked with Dr. Myron Weisfeldt, Dr. Roy Ziegelstein and the Department of Medicine Diversity Council to finalize agendas, expand invitation list for the reception and dinner to include diversity council representatives from across the School of Medicine (SOM), local elected officials, and community physicians. A separate one-hour meeting for SOM Diversity Council representatives to meet with Dr. Valentine was also sponsored by the ODCC.
Dr. Brian K. Gibbs is currently working with The Sullivan Alliance to establish a Maryland Health Professions Alliance. The purpose of the Alliance will be to improve the workforce across the State of Maryland; increase enrollment, retention, graduation and promotion of URM faculty and students; and generate improved alliances between and across medical, public health, nursing, pharmacy, dental, and other allied health professional schools and programs. The majority of academic institutions within the region (including but not limited to Coppin State, Morgan, UMBC, University of Maryland, and JHSOM) are represented.
A New Vision
To send a clear message that diversity and inclusion are central to Hopkins, these terms were integrated into the Johns Hopkins Medicine mission, vision and values statement and distributed widely.
Every entity and department within Johns Hopkins Medicine must address diversity and inclusion in its annual strategic plan. The plans spell out the group’s diversity-related goals, how success will be measured, and how it expects to reach them.
Along with patient safety, enhancing diversity and inclusion has been a top priority for the Johns Hopkins Medicine board of trustees, which receives regular reports from the Diversity Committee.