Equity, diversity and inclusion are not just academic buzzwords. They are an essential component of academic medicine, both to promote equity and fairness among our employees, and to fulfill the School of Medicine's mission for excellence in education, research, and clinical care.

Our Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) is committed to building an environment where all students, faculty, and staff from varying backgrounds and life experiences feel belonging, engaged, and productive. The Multicultural Resource Center and the IDEALS office help us further this commitment.

As an academic medical center, it is our responsibility to train and mentor future clinicians and scientists who reflect, understand and appreciate diversity. We live in an aging and diversifying nation where disparities can limit healthcare access and lead to disproportionately poor outcomes. Addressing health disparities, improving community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities are essential to the School of Medicine and Duke Health's mission. The Duke University School of Medicine works to attract and retain a diverse cadre of outstanding talent who positively impact how we teach, and learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world.

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Discrimination linked to obesity and heart disease risk in some Black women

A combination of a gene and daily-life stress contributes to disease risk in both Black and white women, but the stressors are different between the races

A genetic variation in combination with the stress of racial discrimination appears to increase the risk of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases among Black women, according to a recent study from Duke Health researchers.

Getting important health information to local Latinx communities

Dr. Viviana Martinez-Bianchi has long been focused on health equity. When the coronavirus pandemic struck, she turned to the local community, helping launch an effort to get better information in the hands of area Hispanic residents.

Together with her pediatrician colleague Gabriela Maradiaga Panayotti, Martinez-Bianchi launched a campaign called Latin-19 in March to help educate North Carolina’s Latinx communities about COVID-19.

Why COVID-19 is exposing health disparities

Two Duke doctors discuss reasons, possible solutions in media briefing

COVID-19 has shone a stark light on America’s economic and racial health disparities, proving there is no one-size-fits-all strategy to test and treat people for the disease, two Duke experts emphasized Thursday.

The pandemic has illuminated the struggles minority populations have in obtaining good information, getting tested and finding help when infected. But there are ways to improve the situation, the two health experts said.

2019 Winn Awards Celebrate Achievements in Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s 2019 Michelle P. Winn Inclusive Excellence Award ceremony held in June honored faculty, staff, and trainees for their contributions to diversity and inclusion within the School of Medicine.

Chief Diversity Officer Judy Seidenstein opened the ceremony encouraging the audience to “speak the truth even if your voice shakes” on matters and issues, from LGBT+ equality to incorporating diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Duke Physician Assistant Program Accepts Record Percentage of Underrepresented Minorities

The Duke Physician Assistant Program’s incoming class contains the highest percentage of underrepresented minorities the program has accepted in more than a decade.

The Class of 2020 will include 10 African-American students, 14 Hispanic students and one Native American student — approximately 28 percent of the 90 students accepted. The Duke PA program has averaged an acceptance rate of 18 percent underrepresented minorities for the past 10 years.

Faces of the Project Baseline Study: Phyllis

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018! Phyllis Perry, 63, was one of the last participants in 2017 to enroll in and complete her initial onsite visit for the Project Baseline study. Phyllis heard about the study at a senior center in Durham and enrolled at the Duke University School of Medicine.

The Project Baseline study is the first initiative of Project Baseline, an ambitious effort to develop a well-defined “baseline” of human health, and a rich data platform to help researchers better understand health and disease and the transitions between them.