DMICE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Committee

Committee Members 2022-2023

  • Lynne Schwabe
  • Anne Marshall
  • Christina Turner
  • Kathryn Pyle
  • Vishnu Mohan
  • Bill Hersh
  • Steven Bedrick
  • Joanne Valerius
  • Alicia Nam
  • Vanessa Reeves
  • Kate Fultz-Hollis (website)

Paul Gorman – Faculty Lead

DEI Events

Diversity And Inclusion at OccHealthSci

DMICE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Anti-Racism Conferences

Thursday, January 19, 2023
11:30 am to 12:30 pm (Pacific)

This event will be virtual only – see webex information on home page announcements (right hand column)

Please join DMICE for a presentation by:

“Optimizing Gender Inclusive Care through the Electronic Health Record”

This presentation will provide an overview of gender diversity and gender inclusive care.  Particular attention will be provided to the electronic health record and how it intersects with patient experience and clinical care delivery.   Initiatives and improvements within the electronic health record over the last decade will be explored while also naming the challenges that remain to sustain progress. This will be an informal presentation that encourages questions and discussion along the way.


Christina Milano, MD (she/they)
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine

Oregon Health & Sciences University

Dr. Milano is an associate professor of Family Medicine and Medical Director of the OHSU Transgender Health Program. Dr. Milano cares for patients as a primary care provider at OHSU Richmond Clinic, and staffs OHSU’s Virtual Transgender Health Program Consult Clinic, a novel program that supports patients and primary care providers throughout Oregon in accessing hormone therapy and gender affirming care. Dr. Milano has been coaching regional and national audiences on the subject of gender-affirming care for over a decade. 

Amy Penkin, LCSW (she/her)
Clinical Program Manager

Transgender Health Program
Oregon Health & Sciences University

Amy Penkin is a licensed clinical social worker who has overseen the clinical and operational activities of the Transgender Health Program since its inception in 2015. Since 1999, she has been working and leading within LGBQIA+ and transgender healthcare settings both locally and in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is passionate about approaching healthcare from an intersectional, equity, trauma informed, and social justice lens. She prides herself in a leadership style that demonstrates humility, kindness, transparency, collaboration, and authenticity.

October 20, 2022  Benjamin Collins, MD, MA
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Ethics, Legal, and Social Issues of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Biomedical Informatics and Department of Biomedical Ethics. Ben's talk: On Mistrust of Minority Patients in Healthcare and the Use of Emerging Technology and Artificial Intelligence”

February 10, 2022 Dr. George Mejicano, Senior Associate Dean for Education, School of Medicine.
Dr. Mejicano's talk
OHSU Diversity Action Plan, and the Covington Report

December 10, 2021  Tiffany Veinot, MLS, PhD,  "How health informatics interventions can worsen inequality"

November 11, 2021 Oliver Bear Don't Walk, PhD candidate, "Measuring the Impact of Disparate Race and Ethnicity Definitions on Clinical Natural Language Processing Model Bias"

May 28, 2021 Kenrick Cato, PhD, RN, CPHIMS,FAAN, Assistant Professor for Columbia University School of Nursing and the Columbia University Irving Medical Center Department of Emergency Medicine, What the CONCERN Study has Taught Me about Racial Bias in Nursing Workflow

Additional DEI Events at OHSU and DMICE

DMICE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Journal Club

June 9, 2022:
Andrea Morgan
PhD Candidate
Department of Behavioral Systems Neuroscience

“How Owning our Places at OHSU as Individuals can Make Us Better Together”

Here is Andrea’s presentation in Research Town Hall:

DEI Focused Lectures and Presentations

DMICE Informatics Conference
Friday, June 17, 2022

A Dissertation Defense by:
Lily Cook
PhD Candidate


“Data Quality and Social Determinants of Health: Best Practices for Health Equity Research.”

Book and Journal Club

The DMICE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee has a Journal Club discussion group.  This journal club discussion group aims to bring together our staff and faculty to read, listen to and/or watch media on topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion, and create a forum for us to gather and discuss the topics as a group.

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Leslie P. King, MD, MPH, DTMH, MEM
Rural Surgery/Remote Medicine/Medical Media
Commissioner/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

“A black woman physician's experiences in rural Oregon and beyond”

Dr. King’s ODFW Spotify podcast i
Beaver State Podcast (Episode 83):

Thursday, April 14, 2022 
DMICE Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism/CI Fellowship Collaboration

A journal club hosted by:
Bill Hersh, MD – Introduction/DEI and AR Committee
Chengda Zhang, MD – Article Presentation

Article title: “Negative Patient Descriptors: Documenting Racial Bias In The Electronic Health Record”
Please see link for article:

Video available here.

July 15, 2021 Article  reviewed: “Correcting medicine's use of race in clinical algorithms”

The second discussion was another success and several resources were recommended on the chat:
Algorithmovigilance—Advancing Methods to Analyze and Monitor Artificial Intelligence–Driven Health Care for Effectiveness and Equity 
There is a wonderful volume of essays called "Raw Data is an Oxymoron".
“Coded Bias” movie on Netflix
Physician Use of Stigmatizing Language in Patient Medical Records

The inaugural Book club on May 06, 2021, 11:30am-12:30pm was immensely successful.  Our first book: Survival Math by Mitchell Jackson Print versions may be available via Interlibrary Loan at OHSU Library. Print and eBooks are available from Multnomah County Library Copies of the book are available to purchase from Powells here and Amazon here