Yale School of Medicine joins healthcare leaders to advance equity, safety

A stylized collage of a multi-ethnic group of young women health practitioners.
(Illustration by Michael S. Helfenbein)

Yale School of Medicine has joined a network of healthcare leaders organizing across industries to create safe, fair, and dignified workplaces for women. TIME’S UP Healthcare aims to drive new policies and decisions that result in more balanced, diverse, and accountable leadership; address workplace discrimination, harassment and abuse; and create equitable and safe work cultures within all facets of the healthcare industry.

Galvanized by persistent data on gender inequities in healthcare careers, a group of women healthcare leaders came together to form TIME’S UP Healthcare. Over the past six months, the group has grown to include 50 founding members and 13 senior advisors, and is associated with a network of leading institutions in health care, all rallying around a call to increase safety and equity in the industry.

The concerns around safety and equity in health care are age-old. It is now time to take action and seriously address them in order to make impactful change,” said Lynn Fiellin, M.D., associate professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine and a founding member of TIME’S UP Healthcare. “I am proud that the Yale School of Medicine, along with other signatory organizations, is taking a leadership role in this initiative.” 

The initiative has drawn women from diverse backgrounds and specialties ranging from emergency medicine to psychiatry. Its founders and leaders represent a wide spectrum of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and clinical pharmacists.

I am honored to be a part of this national dialogue,” said Darin Latimore, M.D., deputy dean of diversity and inclusion at Yale School of Medicine. “Yale is poised to further our efforts in this area by devising and studying strategies that will have an impact. To have a seat at the table as part of a national group that is looking at these issues and creating best practices will enhance our efforts.”

Yale School of Medicine joins the following signatory organizations in this effort: Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Drexel University College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, UW Health.

This initiative is supported by a range of national partners, including the American Medical Women’s Association, American College of Physicians, the National Medical Association, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), American Nurses Association, and Council of Medical Subspecialties (CMSS).

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