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People and Environment

“We define health equity as the foundation of quality. We have mobilized across our organization to learn from our data and from the stories our people and our patients tell us as we recommit to dismantling racism within our walls and in the communities we serve. At Duke Health, we believe that racism is a public health issue, and it is going to take all of us to address it.” – Rhonda Brandon, chief HR officer and senior vice president at DUHS

   Stories about Team Members

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Four individuals standing together with masks From left to right: Demi Tucker, Teresa Cates, Brittany Adams and Natalie Caro

Cross-functional team takes a stand for change

Meet the team behind the wearable ways to take a stand against racism and support our Duke Health values.

 

 

   Leaders Share their Experiences

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Left from right, Frierson, Simmons, Spector, and Railey

Duke University, School of Medicine address systemic racism

In addition to Dean Klotman, speakers from across the School of Medicine shared their personal experiences dealing with racism: Assistant Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Diversity & Inclusion Johnna Frierson, PhD, fourth-year medical student Kristen Simmons, Associate Professor of Neurology Andrew Spector, MD, and Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine Kenyon Railey, MD.

Read more and watch the video here.


A. Eugene Washington, MD; Dexter Nolley, MEd, SPHR; Fabian Stone, MBA, MHA, MT(ASCP); and Brian Wofford, MBA, MHA, participated in the virtual conversation

DUHS leaders candidly share stories of racism and resilience

The virtual conversation “Black Men at Duke and in America" gave four Duke University Health System (DUHS) leaders a chance to reflect on race and personal and social transformation.

A. Eugene Washington, MD, chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of DUHS; Brian Wofford, MBA, MHA, vice president of heart operations for Durham County, Duke Heart; Dexter Nolley, MEd, SPHR, chief human resources officer at Duke Regional Hospital; and Fabian Stone, MBA, MHA, MT(ASCP), associate vice president of revenue cycle and health information management at DUHS, each shared their perspectives. The conversation was moderated by Rhonda Brandon, MS, chief human resources officer and senior vice president for DUHS.

Read more and watch the video here.


Adia Ross, MD, MHA; Jessica Johnson, MHA; Priscilla Ramseur, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC; and Katina Williams, MBA,​ participated in an honest discussion about racism and sexism.

DUHS leaders rise above racism, sexism

Duke Health's second virtual conversation about race featured four African American female leaders openly sharing their experiences with racism and sexism.

Rhonda Brandon, MS, chief human resources officer and senior vice president for the Duke University Health System (DUHS), moderated the discussion. Panelists included Adia Ross, MD, MHA, chief medical officer at Duke Regional Hospital; Jessica Johnson, MHA, administrative director of medical, surgical and critical care services at Duke University Hospital; Priscilla Ramseur, DNP, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, chief nursing and patient care services officer at Duke Raleigh Hospital; and Katina Williams, MBA, assistant vice president for finance and divisional chief financial officer for ambulatory services at DUHS.

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Panelists in the hour-long discussion included Tracy Gosselin, Michael Spiritos, Katie Galbraith and Keith Stover.

Duke allies work to end racism, in justice

Acknowledging that being a silent supporter isn't an option anymore, four white Duke University Health System (DUHS) leaders spoke about what it means to be an ally to Black team members during a virtual discussion.

Participants included Katie Galbraith, MBA, FACHE, president of Duke Regional Hospital; Keith Stover, vice president for finance for the Patient Revenue Management Organization; Tracy Gosselin, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN, chief nursing officer for Duke University Hospital; and Michael Spiritos, MD, chief medical officer of Duke Raleigh Hospital. The conversation was moderated by Rhonda Brandon, MS, chief human resources officer and senior vice president for DUHS.

Read more and watch the video here.

 

   Duke Health Histories

Watch the following videos to learn about Duke Health's history, focusing on race and equity issues.

 

   Opportunities to Collaborate through Art

RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!

Carrie Mae Weems

The Nasher Museum is collaborating with Duke Arts and Duke Health to present an unprecedented outdoor exhibition and public awareness campaign by nationally renowned artist Carrie Mae Weems. The project, called RESIST COVID / TAKE 6!, emphasizes the disproportionate impact of the deadly virus on the lives of communities of color, through large-scale banners and window clings, posters, street signs and more.

 

   Opportunities to Learn through Courses and Media

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Duke Learning Management System
Duke University School of Medicine - Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Private Diagnostic Clinic
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