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MGH Institute Receives National Recognition for Diversity Efforts

October 15, 2019
2019 HEED Award

MGH Institute of Health Professions is the only health professions school in New England to receive the 2019 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The MGH Institute is one of just 43 schools in the country to receive the Health Professions HEED Award, which recognizes medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.

It is the third consecutive year the Institute has received the HEED award.

The IHP’s diversity initiatives include having first-year students simulate a discharge planning meeting with actors with limited English proficiency and medical interpreters to provide linguistically and culturally respectful care as well as to communicate effectively with colleagues; training all faculty search committee members in recognizing and neutralizing implicit bias in the hiring process; and the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council continuing its orientation session for new students to address the role of power, privilege, and positionality in health care.

“We are honored to be recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity,” said President Paula Milone-Nuzzo. “The Institute is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus, where all of our students, faculty, staff, and alumni feel valued and supported. Our diversity makes us stronger as an institution, and helps us prepare better health care professionals to care for the nation’s increasingly diverse population.” 

As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award, the Institute will be featured in the December 2019 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both; continued leadership support for diversity; and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. “Our standards are high, and we look for schools where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus.”