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Associate Vice President of UAB’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI), Mona Fouad, M.D., answers questions about diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Heersink School of Medicine and how her role will advance these values in the future. 

Mona Fouad, M.D., senior associate dean of Diversity and Inclusion, joined UAB's Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as associate vice president on July 1. She will maintain her role as senior associate dean while also serving as the associate vice president.

In the last feature of our 2022 Pride Month series, the Department of Medicine has collaborated with the Heersink Office for Diversity and Inclusion to shine a light on how the school is working to expand the perspectives of its medical students through the Health Equity Scholars (HES) program.

In the United States, LGBTQ+ communities face a range of inequities when seeking healthcare services. So, why do these inequities exist? To answer that question and share the knowledge, the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center has collaborated on the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s Pride Month series. 

For Juneteenth 2022, the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion put together a brief overview of the 157-year-old holiday and lists several ways to celebrate, including cooking traditional Juneteenth recipes, cultivating a reading list, and engaging in local activities.

Last week, the Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion shined a light on the transformative work being done to support LGBTQ+ faculty members. As we continue celebrating Pride Month, we shift focus to the ways LGBTQ+ students, trainees, and staff are supported at the school.

In planning sessions for the Office for Diversity and Inclusion, discussions to create a faculty association dedicated to the LGBTQ+ community were in progress. During this time, Rodney Tucker, M.D., reached out to the office to inquire about creating an LGBTQ+ Faculty Association. With his leadership, a partnership formed to bring this idea to life.

The Heersink School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion creates a culture of inclusivity and equity for our students, residents, fellows, faculty, and staff. The foundational values and aspirations that Diversity Month commemorates are visible in the Heersink School of Medicine through diversity and inclusion initiatives, continued learning, and fostering colleagues.

In part five of the Office for Diversity and Inclusion's Women's History Month series, Emergency Medicine Chair Marie-Carmelle Elie, M.D., shares her personal journey of becoming the first Black woman to be named a permanent chair of an academic emergency medicine department at a major American medical school.

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion has partnered with the Department of Medicine to highlight the exemplary work of pioneering women in the school today, like the all female-team of cardiologists who are forging a new specialty field bridging heart health and cancer care.
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