Diversity Health Series

The Diversity Health Series is a quarterly lecture series, developed for medical students, residents, and physicians. The Diversity Health Series was created to provide opportunities for the development of cultural competency in a medical setting. Topics include rural healthcare, disability, unconscious bias, and Safe Zone training. Each lecture is worth 1.0 CME.

Future events:

Population Health: Striving for Health in Modern Medicine

This session will provide learners with an overview of Population Health in a modern integrated delivery system. When moving from a traditional model of care delivery to a population based approach there are implications for diversity and inclusion efforts which will be discussed and explored. We will consider the potential changes to provider practice and highlight key skills that will be necessary for success under evolving business models. There will also be time for discussion of how population health might be considered in our current environment of dealing with a pandemic like COVID-19.

Speakers: Rahul Mediwala M.D., CMO, Health Services, Renown Health; Bethany Sexton, Chief Transformation Officer, Renown Health

Date and Time: Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building - Room 103

Cultural Competency/Humility: Working with the Mexican American Patient

Dr. Islas will discuss with the learners different clinical scenarios that are steeped in cultural issues in order to elucidate the need for and the use of clinical “tools” that can be used to help clinicians in different cultural scenarios. He will use his own Mexican American background and his history of working along the US / Mexico border as a way to teach cultural humility.

Speaker: Arthur A. Islas M.D., MPH, FAWM, CAQ-Sports Medicine

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Location: William N. Pennington Health Sciences Building - Room 103

Racial Disparities Along the Reproductive Continuum

To request this presentation and materials please email diversity@med.unr.edu.

What is the impact of racism and racial inequality on women’s health? In this presentation, we will outline the grim statistics associated with women of color in regards to pregnancy, childbirth, contraception, and access to abortion services. We will outline the current thinking about racism’s role in healthcare disparities, particularly in regards to women’s health. We will describe how legislation has negatively affected the healthcare of women of color. In addition, we will describe efforts to counteract the effect of racism that are underway, as well as what the future may hold for racial justice in healthcare.

Focusing Upstream: Race, Class, and the Enduring Struggle for Health Equity

Dr. Packham’s presentation examines racial disparities in health status in the U.S., as well as strategies to reduce and eliminate health inequities. Particular attention is devoted to the roles that the racial wealth gap and intergenerational transmission of wealth play in understanding racial disparities in health. The discussion concludes with an assessment of the moral determinants of health and recent calls for a morally guided campaign for better health.


Structural Racism in Health Care

Racism has played a role in all aspects of medicine, from medical research to patient health outcomes. This lecture will specifically focus on how racism impacts us as healthcare professionals, and how we can promote an anti-racist healthcare system for the next generation.

COVID-19 Disparities and Northern Nevada’s Response

This panel will share data on current coronavirus disparities in Northern Nevada, explore how systemic racism and social determinants of health have created and amplified these disparities, and discuss how the health care community in Northern Nevada is responding to the disparities in the COVID-19 pandemic.