MGH Institute Only School in New England to Receive National Recognition for Diversity Efforts

October 08, 2020

MGH Institute of Health Professions has received the 2020 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The MGH Institute is one of only 46 schools in the country – and the only one in New England – 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 fourth consecutive year the IHP has received the HEED Award.

The IHP’s diversity initiatives include: establishing the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Office; stand-alone programs to raise awareness about race and racism, LGBTQIA+ issues, and anti-Muslim discrimination; participating in a Chinatown Walking Tour focused on environmental health, affordable housing, and other social determinants of health; offering a financial wellness series; revising the Power, Privilege, and Positionality orientation program curriculum as well as converting it to a virtual format; collaborating with Human Resources, the Provost’s Office, and faculty to develop the Equity Advocate program for the search process; and establishing a suite of workshops and trainings for departments and programs (e.g., Brave Dialogues and Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions).

“We are honored to be recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity,” said President Paula Milone-Nuzzo. “At these very challenging times in our country, the Institute is working to foster 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 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 2020 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“The 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 INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We take a detailed approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being done every day across their campus.”

- John Shaw