Clinicians recognized for diversity and inclusion efforts

June 11, 2013

The OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion hosted the first Diversity and Inclusion Awards recognition event May 31 at the Portland Art Museum. The event celebrated exceptional and exemplary work of members of the OHSU community in advancing the values of diversity, inclusion and equity across the university, and among the greater community. For information about all the awardees, as well as photos from the event, visit the awards website.

diversity1-61113Edward Neuwelt, M.D., professor of neurology, was presented with an outstanding faculty award. Dr. Neuwelt is a champion for diversity and inclusion at OHSU through his involvement in outreach and education for diverse, underserved students. He initiated and developed a partnership with Ponce Medical School in Puerto Rico to recruit underrepresented minority for clinical and pre-clinical rotations at OHSU. The goal is to recruit diverse students, while also increasing their interest and awareness of neuro-oncology.

By forming a collaborative relationship with Ponce Medical School, Dr. Neuwelt and colleagues identified the best and brightest students for these fellowships. In recent years, OHSU has hosted first and second-year Ponce medical students to participate in research, fourth-year students for clinical clerkships, as well as graduate students for short research-related internships.

diversity2-61113The outstanding OHSU department award went to the Intercultural Psychiatric Program. Founded in 1977 by Dr. David Kinzie, professor of psychiatry, the IPP has provided culturally sensitive health care for more than 36 years, treating refugees and victims of torture from numerous ethnic groups.

The program is the most diverse and largest intercultural program at OHSU. It is also the most successful refugee and torture treatment program in the United States. For more than a decade, IPP’s Torture Treatment Center has received continuous funding from the United Nations and the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement. The program serves more than 1,100 patients from diverse ethnic backgrounds, including people from Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. The program employs a multicultural staff, including five Vietnamese, two Cambodians and a clinician from each of the following countries or ethnic groups: Iran, Bosnia, Iraq, Mien, Ethiopia, Russia, Somalia, Lao and Chile.

Educating physicians in culturally sensitive care has been a prominent feature of the IPP. Every year since 1977, there has been a senior psychiatry resident providing care and receiving training in the program. Even after graduation, many residents have continued to provide care in cross-cultural settings. Many OHSU medical students have benefited from elective experiences with the ethnically diverse patient population and counseling staff.

Congratulations to all the awardees!

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Pictured: (top) OHSU Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Dr. Norwood Knight-Richardson, Dr. Neuwelt and OHSU President Dr. Joe Robertson; (bottom) Clinicians of the Intercultural Psychiatric Program with Dr. Knight-Richardson and Dr. Robertson

Event photos by Ismael Meda