Cultural Competence Training Sessions Set For Fall

About 50 members of the University of Chicago Medicine community, including nurses, marched in the 45th Annual Chicago Pride Parade on June 29, 2014. This was the first year that UCM has participated in the annual parade, which goes from the city’s Uptown neighborhood, through Boystown and Lakeview and into Lincoln Park. City officials estimate more than 1 million people lined the parade route.

About 50 members of the University of Chicago Medicine community, including nurses, marched in the 45th Annual Chicago Pride Parade on June 29, 2014. This was the first year that UCM has participated in the annual parade, which goes from the city’s Uptown neighborhood, through Boystown and Lakeview and into Lincoln Park. City officials estimate more than 1 million people lined the parade route.

A new six-session course on cultural competence is being offered to all employees in a new effort to advance the University of Chicago Medicine’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The training is part of the five-year, enterprise-wide Diversity & Inclusion strategic plan for University of Chicago Medicine, which was developed by a team of more than 85 leaders from the Medical Center, the Biological Sciences Division and the Priztker School of Medicine. The Diversity, Inclusion & Equity Department, which is led by Director James S. Williams Jr., is charged with implementing the strategic plan. So far, the new department has already collaborated with the Office of Patient Experience, Supply Chain, Operational Excellence, Human Resources, the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Office of Diversity & Inclusion and others to advance the work.

Participants who enroll in the new cultural competence training will gain critical thinking and self-awareness skills essential to delivering equitable care and outcomes for all patients. Organizers hope to ultimately get 100 percent of employees trained through the effort by the 2018 fiscal year.

Classes are set to begin in the fall and training dates have been scheduled through December. Course enrollment is available through the Oracle Learning Center. Space is limited.

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