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Dome February 2013

Briefcase

Date: February 1, 2013


Focus on Primary Care

All are invited to attend the first Primary Care Consortium—a retreat aimed at tackling the many challenges of primary care—on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Turner Auditorium. The university- and system-wide effort will address physician shortages, research, education and innovation to improve primary care and health outcomes for patients and society. Speakers include Ronald Daniels, president of The Johns Hopkins University; Paul Rothman, dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Michael Klag, dean of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; and Martha Hill, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Experts from pediatrics, medicine and preventive medicine, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and Johns Hopkins HealthCare will also weigh in on strategies to foster ideal models of primary care delivery. For more information, visit http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/primary_care_consortium.

Johns Hopkins Bayview Diversity Council Earns Second National Award

Last year, when Lucille Fields worked on improving staff communication and reducing front-desk “traffic jams” at outpatient clinics, she was also developing her own management skills. The cardiovascular technician was among the first group at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center to participate in So You Want To Be a Leader, a coaching and education program aimed at women and minorities holding non-supervisory positions. In addition to crafting an individual project, Fields attended workshops on such topics as service excellence and how legal and financial systems affect management decisions.

“The program definitely helped me understand the value of great leadership and the difference it makes when people want to follow you,” says Fields, who hopes to become a manager.

So You Want To Be a Leader was created by the Johns Hopkins Bayview Diversity Council, which recently received national recognition from the Association of Diversity Councils. For the second year in a row, the council was judged among the country’s top groups for initiating measures and programs to encourage and maintain workplace diversity. Other 2012 honorees included the United States Navy, FedEx Freight, Comcast, AT&T, Hyatt Hotels and American Airlines.

Since its founding in 2007, Johns Hopkins Bayview’s diversity council has implemented mentoring programs as well as introduced training, education and online tools to build cultural awareness. It has also introduced a disabilities awareness expo. The 42-member council is co-chaired by Richard Bennett, president of the medical center, and Anita Langford, vice president of care management services.

 “Support from our executive leadership team is critical,” says Michele Sedney, director of employment services, “because they are our role models, weaving diversity and inclusion into what we do on a daily basis.”

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