Enrollment open for UI Health Care BUILD program

For health care faculty and staff who are interested in becoming more actively involved in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and learning from local experts, the University of Iowa Health Care Office of Health Parity is offering a series of workshops that specifically address health care-related DEI topics.

After a successful pilot, the six-week UI Health Care BUILD program will begin Jan. 11. Enrollment is now open for all UI Health Care faculty and staff.

  • Sessions will be held Wednesdays, Jan. 11 through Feb. 15.
  • The first session on Jan. 11 will be held from 2:30 to 5 p.m. All other sessions will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the East Room of UI Hospitals & Clinics.
  • In-person attendance is required during the first two sessions and is strongly encouraged for the remaining four sessions, although participants can complete up to two of those sessions by watching a recording, if necessary.

The program will incorporate the principles and workshops developed by the UI BUILD program—established in 2015 and led by Bria Marcelo—with the addition of topics including:

  • How to learn about your own specific strengths and areas for learning on DEI-related issues
  • Issues that members of the LGBTQ community face within the health care context
  • Implicit bias and culturally responsive health care
  • Issues faced by individuals with various forms of disabilities in a health care setting
  • How to effectively respond to patient-initiated harassment
  • Health care disparities and how to mitigate them

One additional University of Iowa BUILD elective course will be required in order to earn a UI Health Care BUILD Certificate.

“The goal of this training is to help our health care staff become active participants in making this a more equitable, welcoming environment across all aspects of diversity,” says David Moser, PhD, a professor of psychiatry and director of educational outreach in Carver College of Medicine’s DEI office. “When someone goes through the BUILD certificate program, it really enhances their ability to be an effective resource and advocate for patients, visitors, and co-workers from a wide range of backgrounds.”

Register here. Enrollment will be capped at 100 participants.