Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
In 2017, dozens of interprofessional members of our Emergency Department family, including patient advocates, medical assistants, nurses, residents, attendings, and administrators, joined together to create the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
Our mission is to leverage the power of diversity as a strength, embolden equitable patient care and workplace practices, and promote an inclusive Emergency Department culture for patients, families, and staff.
We believe that the diversity of our department and local community synergistically enriches all of our experiences and care. We are looking to recruit and train a group of highly motivated leaders who will meaningfully contribute to equitable patient care and workplace practices.
The Department of Emergency Medicine strongly encourages applications from candidates who are underrepresented in our specialty, such as racial/ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQIA+ identified or gender–nonconforming individuals, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and those with special needs. We hope that your contribution to our department with help us achieve our vision of an equitable and inclusive environment for all.
We are dedicated to:
- Striving to be mindful of our daily interactions that bring us closer to our vision
- Building a department that reflects the diversity of our local communities
- Training physicians who provide exceptional care to individuals from all walks of life
- Actively recruiting leaders whose collective lived experiences allow us to better understand the social and historical intricacies that impact health and wellness
- To engage our local community with authenticity
- To develop culturally sensitive and evidence–based health initiatives to combat healthcare inequities
- Undergoing the difficult, but necessary and long overdue work to address systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and other forms of injustice.
Our DEI strategic foci are:
- Patient care
- Scholarship & Research
- Community Engagement & Service
Examples of DEI Initiatives
- Underrepresented in Medicine Scholarship for Visiting Medical Students: To enrich the diversity of the Henry Ford Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency applicant pool, our department’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is pleased to sponsor a scholarship program to support underrepresented in medicine medical students who have an interest in emergency medicine. The scholarship provides recipients with $1,500 to be used for travel, lodging, and other expenses associated with participating in the clerkship.
- Health Equity Initiatives & Research
- Emergency Department (ED) Health Educator Program: The incidence, sequelae, and daily burden of chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and tobacco dependence on patients in our local community is significant. Through the ED Health Educator Program, we provide brief video education and referrals to preventive health programs to patients with these conditions during their ED care using volunteers who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine. Our hope is that this program will increase patient knowledge, self-efficacy and outcomes regarding the conditions addressed, as well as expose diverse aspiring health professionals to emergency medicine care.
- Mobile Integrated Health Program: ED patients are actively screened for this program where they will receive a home visit post-discharge from the ED by a community paramedic. Home visits can include home assessments, medication administration, lab draws and virtual physician visits.
- Women & Person-Empowered Community Access for Reproductive Equity (WE CARE) Intervention: WE CARE is an ED-based intervention that uses an online health technology called MyPath and community health workers to provide reproductive-aged gender-inclusive patients capable of getting pregnant with family planning services, including preconception care and contraception counseling, with social needs screening, referrals, and care navigation during or after non-emergent ED visits. WE CARE was developed using best practices from the scientific literature, community-based participatory research (CBPR), the Integrative Model of Behavioral Prediction Theory, reproductive justice principles, and healthcare stakeholder input. An entirely virtual COVID-necessitated adaptation of this intervention is being piloted.
- Peer Recovery Coach Program: Our peer recovery coaches bring the lived experience of recovery, combined with training and supervision, to assist others in initiating and maintaining recovery, helping to enhance the quality of personal and family life in long-term recovery. The coaches help us implement our Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program which is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model was incited by an Institute of Medicine recommendation that called for community-based screening for health risk behaviors, including substance use. One end goal of SBIRT is to identify patients that may be eligible for medication-assisted treatment (MAT). MAT is the use of medications in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies in the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and can help people sustain recovery.
- Women in Emergency Medicine Network (WEM Net): WEM Net is a network of women in emergency medicine at all career levels aiming to promote gender equality in our specialty, health system, and beyond. Members of this network are dedicated to:
- Developing career and personal goals through close mentorship
- Enhancing research skills
- Exploring research related to the status and needs of women in emergency medicine
- Actively utilizing networking opportunities
- Developing time management skills that maximize work life balance and efficiency
- Learning and developing negotiation resources and support
- Evaluating and recommending policies and practices to favor gender equality
- Community Engagement: We have collectively participated in the following community engagement activities as a department:
- Center for Success Detroit: A free after–school literacy program that serves students reading below grade level by partnering them with a one-on-one reading mentor twice a week during the school year.
- Street Medicine Detroit: This Wayne State School of Medicine initiative provides critical primary care to our indigent and low socioeconomic status population who have suboptimal access to outpatient medical care. Several times monthly, a team of faculty, residents, medical students, and other staff go out on “street runs” where homeless and other vulnerable patients who lack access to care can be evaluated, treated, and given prescriptions for their medications.
- Addressing Social Needs: In partnerships with Departments of Case Management (Social Work) and Population Health, our ED is committed to enhancing place-based services that address patient’s social needs. Patients with social needs such as food insecurity, underinsurance, and housing instability may access material support such as nutritious food boxes, gift cards, or limited prescription coverage. These resources are made available through generous staff donations and partnerships with organizations like Gleaners Food Bank.
If you have any further questions about our departmental Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts, please feel free to contact the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for the Department of Emergency Medicine, Dr. Martina Caldwell.
Martina T. Caldwell, MD, MS, FACEP
Clinical Assistant Professor | Department of Emergency Medicine | Wayne State University
Henry Ford Hospital | 2799 W. Grand Blvd., CFP-263 | Detroit, MI 48202 | (313) 916-9130