Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Volume 9 — September 2022

Created By: Dr. Devon Smith, Dr. Carrie Horn, Dr. Jennifer Taylor-Cousar, and Liz Kellermeyer

Editor: Lindsay Markham  Publisher: Angela Gurule

Events & Updates

Racial Microaggressions

September 9, 2022, 11a.m.-12p.m. (MDT)

Guest speaker Jaena Alabi will present a brief history of racial microaggressions research, focusing on the negative mental & physical health outcomes associated with experiencing subtle racism.  Free Registration 

Health Equity: LGBTQ+ Online Course
6-Week Course

This six-week online learning experience approaches the issue of LGBTQ+ health from multiple perspectives. This is an introductory online course about understanding the issues and provides an opportunity for personal reflection. There is a waitlist currently, but do sign up to drive interest!  Register Here 

Looking for recordings of Previous DEI Lectures? Click Here!

Monthly Holidays & Recognitions

Sept 2022

September 5            International Day of Charity
September 8            International Literacy Day
September 16          Arba’een
September 26, 27    Rosh Hashanah
September 23          Bi Visibility Day 

As we enter the fall months, a lot of different holidays are coming up that people may be observing in a variety of ways. One way to practice inclusivity and deliberate community is to integrate holidays and annual observances from a wide range of religious traditions into your calendar. This step can help as you plan events, schedules, and projects. The University of Denver has outlined a series of best practices for interfaith scheduling. Check out their tools for transforming your work calendar into an interfaith calendar! Find more here.

September Spotlight: National Hispanic Heritage Month

By Dr. Devon Smith

Each year from September 15 to October 15, we celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by appreciating the community’s history, heritage and contributions to our country. September 15 marks the anniversary of independence for El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Honduras. The independence days of Mexico and Chile follow on September 16 and September 18, respectively. This month long commemoration is a time to appreciate the rich tradition, history, and culture of those living in the United States who have ties to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Throughout this month, there are many ways to celebrate here in Denver, from the Westwood Chile Fest, a food and art festival on September 10, to Latin Beats: Sonidos de las Américas, a free Colorado Symphony performance presented in conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Center at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, on October 6. Find a full list of ways to celebrate in Denver this year by checking out the Denver Hispanic Heritage Month blog.

Educational Resources

The library team has built a wonderful collection of D&I books that are available for staff and faculty to check out for personal use at the Tucker Medical Library (catalogue: http://bit.ly/njdiversity).

DEI Communication 'Cue Cards'

‘Cue Cards’ is a resource developed by Eastern Health, Diversity & Inclusion, to assist health professionals, patients and families who have English language difficulties or problems communicating with each other. This resource is not to be used in lieu of or to replace accredited interpreters, but can be used to communicate simple needs such as hunger, thirst, use of a telephone, request for a bible, etc. This tool can be used by professionals to indicate simple instructions/concepts. Check out these great resources here: Health Translations and Downloadable/Printable Resource.

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DEI Challenge

We are excited to announce DEI newsletter challenges. These challenges are opportunities for all of National Jewish Health to learn, grow, and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion.

September’s Challenge

Take a moment during this challenge opportunity to diversify your education by learning about the correlation between racism and health. Please watch this TED Talk and answer the question below.

Question: Residential segregation directly impacts access to medical care. Residential segregation by race is an example of what type of racism?

a) Interpersonal racism.
b) Ideological racism.
c) Internalized racism.
d) Institutional racism.

Email your response to Dr. Taylor-Cousar. You could win a $10 Ink gift certificate!
Bonus: Correctly define each type of racism in your answer.

Getting Involved

If you have a passion around DEI work, we are always interested in fresh ideas. Email Dr. Taylor-Cousar or Dr. Carrie Horn

To get involved in the production of this newsletter or share ideas/suggestions for future newsletters, please contact Dr. Devon Smith.