Martinez to lead Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives

Denise Martinez, MD, has been named associate dean for cultural affairs and diversity initiatives in the UI Carver College of Medicine, effective Feb. 1, 2019.

Martinez, who is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, has served as assistant dean of cultural affairs and diversity initiatives since 2012. She succeeds David Moser, PhD, who has served as interim associate dean since September 2018.

As associate dean, Martinez will lead the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, which works with administrative offices and community partners to foster an environment where all UI Health Care faculty, staff, students and trainees, volunteers, and visitors feel welcome and respected.

Martinez has led a number of initiatives related to diversity and inclusion. In 2012, she established the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, which provides educational tools and opportunities for underrepresented minority students to pursue health care careers.

For the past two years, she has served as the principal investigator for the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) at the UI, a six-week, free summer program that provides experience and resources to as many as 80 underrepresented students interested in applying to medical school or other health professions degree programs. SHPEP began at the UI in 2017 and is one of only 13 such programs in the nation, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Martinez led the efforts for the initial grant application to bring SHPEP to Iowa.

Martinez also serves as co-medical director for the UI Mobile Clinic, a free medical resource that serves over 500 patients each year, and she is the co-principal investigator on a federal Health Resources and Services Administration grant that will help provide free counseling services to local Latino populations through the Mobile Clinic.

In 2018, Martinez was named a National Minority Quality Forum “40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health.” She also is a 2018 recipient of a Corridor Business Journal “40 Under 40” award.

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