Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity Collection

The MedEdPORTAL Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity Collection, in co-sponsorship with the American Dental Education Association (ADEA), features peer-reviewed educational resources for educators to advance institutional efforts in creating a diverse and inclusive culture and climate for all in order to drive clinical, educational, research and service excellence. Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity are defined as:

Diversity as a core value embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives and serves as a catalyst for change resulting in health equity. In this context, we are mindful of all aspects of human differences such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age. 

Inclusion is a core element for successfully achieving diversity. Inclusion is achieved by nurturing the climate and culture of the institution through professional development, fostering difficult conversations, education, policy, and practice. The objective is creating a climate that fosters belonging, respect, and value for all and encourages engagement and connection throughout the institution and community. 

Health Equity
Health equity is the principle of providing everyone the opportunity to attain their full health potential while no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance. 

The goals of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity Collection are to provide trainees, faculty, deans, staff, and other institutional leaders tangible, practice-based, peer-reviewed resources to contribute to: 

  • Developing an environment (i.e., academic, clinical, community-based) that promotes multiple perspectives, mutual respect, and inclusiveness for all;  
  • Conducting culturally responsive clinical, research, educational, and service work and scholarship;
  • Disseminating best practices in diversity, inclusion, and health equity through publishing resources developed, implemented, and refined at one or more institutions that can be replicated or adapted for use at other institutions.

Highlights from 2019-2021

Call for Submissions: American Indian, Alaska Native (AIAN), and Indigenous Perspectives

While very diverse, AIAN and Indigenous populations share similarly sophisticated and holistic approaches to health. Despite these strengths, AIAN and Indigenous populations experience alarming health inequities.

Furthermore, there is a paucity of existing curricula that teaches about this unique population, and fewer opportunities for students and institutions to learn from an Indigenous worldview as it relates to health.

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ADEA and AAMC: Supporting Diversity through Learning

The ADEA Diversity Workshop Series provides dental school administrators, faculty and staff with the tools and strategies to promote and capitalize on the role of diversity in achieving academic excellence within health professions education.

The Diversity 3.0 Learning Series includes interviews with thought leaders and experts, faculty career development webinars, guidance on institutional strategic planning and culture and climate assessment, and presentations on innovative programs at AAMC member institutions related to diversity and inclusion.