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Institute Recognized for Diversity Efforts

October 18, 2018
HEED Award

MGH Institute of Health Professions is the only health professions school in New England to receive the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The MGH Institute is one of just 35 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 second 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 launching an orientation session for new students this fall 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 the nation’s increasingly diverse population.” 

As a recipient of the annual Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, veterinary, allied health, and other health schools and centers that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, the IHP will be featured will be featured in the December 2018 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.”