Dr. Kimberly Truong Receives Healthcare Award
Chief equity officer is among 10 who are recognized by The Women’s Edge for their contributions to improving health care.
By John Shaw
Office of Strategic Communications
Dr. Kimberly A. Truong, Chief Equity Officer at the MGH Institute, has received a 2022 Extraordinary Women Advancing Healthcare Award from The Women’s Edge.
Truong was one of 10 women to be honored at the Boston non-profit’s November 16 event to celebrate the awardees. More than 150 people were submitted for this year’s award, which has been presented for the past three years.
The award is the first of its kind in the nation to reach across diverse sectors of health care including life sciences, healthcare higher education and systems, healthcare foundations, professions, and public health. Awardees are chosen for their outstanding career achievements and impact in advancing health care, inspiring and leading others, and fostering diversity.
Nominators said that Truong, who leads the Office of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the IHP, stood out because of her leadership style, mentoring, and initiative with students who train as JEDI Fellows, who work throughout the school to increase awareness of social justice issues.
“The Institute’s mission is to advance care for a diverse society, and within my office, our mission is to transform health professions education and institutional culture to be more just, equitable, and anti-oppressive,” she told the audience. “We focus on how providers can engage in more holistic, patient-centered care and how systemic oppression impacts all of our patients.”
Under her leadership, the school also has adopted a commitment to equity and anti-oppression, implemented guidelines to take into account faculty of color’s invisible labor, and founded an incubator for innovative ideas in teaching and learning.
Truong, who came to the Institute in 2019, is nationally recognized for research on the experiences of graduate students of color with racism and racial trauma. She is an adjunct lecturer on education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and is a member of the Mass General Brigham DE&I Council.