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On Jan. 25: “Centering Disabled People in Healthcare”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a Language of Diversity lecture on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. via WebEx

Lynn Lammers (she/her) is an educator, facilitator, and the Artistic Director of the Transforming Theatre Ensemble for Michigan State University's Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

She will present “Centering Disabled People in Healthcare.”

Ms. Lammers writes, directs, and produces interactive theatre pieces that are used as a focal point for dialogue and learning. She is also the Director of the Transforming MSU Playwriting Fellowship, a yearlong experience for students who want to explore justice and liberation using theatre as a storytelling tool.  Ms. Lammers has presented her work on interactive theatre at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity; the International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference; and the LaMaMa Director's Symposium in Umbria, Italy. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Closed captioning will be available in WebEx.

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On Jan. 25: “Trans Affirmative Healthcare Panel”

PEOPLE in Healthcare & UToledo Sexual Health Coalition present this panel discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. Hear from healthcare professionals and LGBTQ+ folx about access to healthcare and providing affirmative care!

Because of the weather, we are offering this panel discussion virtually via WebEx.

For more information, contact Danielle Van Fleet.

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Watch for more events to be announced.


Previous Events

Dec. 21: “Respect: Where we were, where we are, & where we are going – Perspectives from Women Faculty”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a discussion part of the Women in Medicine Diversity Panel Series on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 at 6 p.m. via WebEx.

Panel:

Dr. Kimberly Jenkins
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Dr. Elysia James
Assistant Dean, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Assistant Professor and Associate Program Director, Department of Neurology
Neurocritical Care Staff Attending, UToledo Neurosciences

Dr. Shaza Aouthmany
Assistant Dean, Office of GME
Interim Designated Institutional Official (DIO)
Associate Professor and Associate Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine


Nov. 30: “How we address access to LGBTQIA+ Healthcare”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted an event part of its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Seminar Series on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022 at 6 p.m. via WebEx.

Dr. Michele Grim, Toledo City Councilwoman, presented this lecture, titled "How we address access to LGBTQIA+ Healthcare."

Dr. Grim is a public health advocate and educator who has spent her career helping communities strengthen access to medical care and respond effectively to public health emergencies. She is currently an at-large member of the Toledo City Council. She worked to establish Toledo City Council’s Health Promotion & Access Committee and leads the committee as chair. Her experience includes leading preventive healthcare initiatives as an epidemiologist and health educator, strengthening funding for community clinics and developing healthcare programs as a health planner, and public policy research and data analysis in the areas of health promotion and gun violence prevention. Her doctoral research examining Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) implementation was published in the June 2021 issue of the University of Minnesota’s Public Health Review. 

Dr. Grim has served in numerous capacities in the fight against HIV/AIDS, including working with AIDS Service Organizations in Toledo (Equitas Health) and Oakland, CA (AIDS Project East Bay) and with the Ohio HIV Evaluation and Training Project.

A committed leader in the struggle to end violence against women, Dr. Grim volunteered as a rape crisis counselor for ten years beginning in her teens, coordinated sexual assault education and prevention programs at the University of Toledo, volunteered as a health educator at Planned Parenthood’s Teen Clinic, and helped organize Toledo’s delegation to the March for Women’s Lives in Washington. She has since worked to fund healthcare and essential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault as well as to promote trauma-informed crisis intervention training and more effective laws to stop domestic gun violence.

Dr. Grim earned her doctorate in law and policy from Northeastern University. A Certified Health Education Specialist, she earned her bachelor’s degree in women and gender studies and her master’s in public health from the University of Toledo and a graduate certificate in sexual health from the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. 


Oct. 12: “Dialogue for Empowerment: Navigating the Challenges of Education, Advocacy and Clinical Care in a Post Dobbs Landscape”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a diversity townhall on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022 in person and via WebEx. 

The first in a series of "Dialogues for Empowerment," we provided information and encouraged meaningful discussion that allowed for all voices to be heard and conversations to be had about topics that impact the education of our learners and the care of the patients in our community. During this first dialogue, we discussed the implications of the recent Supreme Court decision (Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization) and discussed concrete actions that we can implement as we move forward our education, research and patient care missions.


Sept. 8: “Cultural Competence In Healthcare”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022 at 5 p.m. via WebEx. 

Dr. Marvin Whitfield, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio and the Founder of the Blue Force Mobile Training Team, presented this lecture, which examines the impact of cultural competence training on healthcare delivery and outcomes. 

Before moving to the private & nonprofit sector, Dr. Whitfield served as a Team Leader and Senior Instructor on a Department of Defense contract and conducted numerous training missions for the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Training Division. His previous work experience also included more than two decades of law enforcement, where he retired as a Police Commander.

Dr. Whitfield's educational background consists of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Master of Business Administration: specializing in Human Resource Management and holds a certification in Psychology of Leadership. He serves his community as a Rotarian, a member of the Perrysburg Coalition for Inclusion and Social Justice, and a Special Deputy with the Wood County Sheriff's Office. Dr. Whitfield sits on of several committees whose mission centers around promoting social equality and youth resilience.

Artwork for the diversity lecture: Dr. Marvin Whitfield will present "Cultural Competence In Healthcare," a Language of Diversity lecture.


July 28: “Queering Healthcare: Moving Beyond One-Axis of Oppression”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosting a Language of Diversity lecture on Thursday, July 28, 2022 via WebEx. 

Dr. Ally Day, associate professor and Graduate Program Chair of Disability Studies at The University of Toledo, will present "Queering Healthcare: Moving Beyond One-Axis of Oppression."

Her book, "The Political Economy of Stigma: HIV, Memoir and Crip Positionalities" (OSU 2021), addresses the complicated interactions between those living with HIV and AIDS Service providers, as well as the neoliberal production and exploitation of narrative within the Medical Industrial Complex.

In addition to co-producing a feature length film about an HIV hospice in Toledo, which she will speak about today, she is also working on second book project about the intersection of disability and birth where she analyzes several sites of pregnancy and disability, from Zika to doula trainings, home birth movements to infertility industries; this project is tentatively titled "Grappling with Gestational Ableism: Disability, Pregnancy and Radical Futures."

Artwork for the diversity lecture: Dr. Ally Day will present “Queering Healthcare: Moving Beyond One-Axis of Oppression.”


June 29: “It’s all in the Mind: Mindfulness as Language of Diversity and Inclusion”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Wednesday, June 29, 2022 via WebEx.

Dr. Puneet Sindhwani presented: "It’s all in the Mind: Mindfulness as Language of Diversity and Inclusion."

In 2016, Dr. Puneet Sindhwani joined The University of Toledo’s College of Medicine and Life Sciences as chair of the Department of Urology. He was also awarded the prestigious Kenneth A. Kropp, MD, Endowed Professorship of Urology.


May 17: “Disparities in LGBTQ+ Health Care – One Transgender Pastoral Counselor's Experience in Healing Justice Work”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 via Teams.

Jacoba Wilhelmina Anneke Hein presented this lecture, followed by a Q&A.

Ms. Hein holds a Master of Education degree from University of Canterbury – New Zealand with majors in cross-cultural studies and adult learning and development. She earned her Master of Science degree in Psychology from California Coast University (CCU) and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Massey University – New Zealand.

She has extensive international pastoral and communication work in Australia, New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom. She has many years of experience in full-time pastoral work for parishes around the world, including Charleston, South Carolina, Melbourne, Australia and Toledo. She was the pastor for Toledo's Good Shepherd Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) from 1997 to 1999. 

She is currently working on her Doctor of Theology dissertation in the Netherlands. 


April 28: “The Veterans Shadow: Understanding the challenges of the U.S. Soldier”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Thursday, April 28, 2022.

This highly engaging session featured conversations with Randy L. Cheadle, retired soldier / emergency management / teaching professional, and Chris Loranger, Chief Warrant Officer Two and Assistant Detachment Commander, Special Forces.

Randy L. Cheadle is a distinguished 28-year veteran of the U.S. Army as a Military Police Soldier.

Randy L. Cheadle is a distinguished 28-year veteran of the U.S. Army as a Military Police Soldier. He retired from the Army in 2017 after achieving the highest enlisted rank of Sergeant Major (E9). Randy has over 33 years of experience in Military Law Enforcement, Emergency Management, Anti-Terrorism, Physical and Personnel Security, Business Continuity, Multiagency coordination, and teaching.

After Randy retired from the military, he served as a Business Continuity Planner for one of the largest intelligence organizations in the world. Upon completion of that assignment, Randy made the move to PNC Financial Institution where he became the Vice President of PNC's Crisis Management Operations.

During Randy's career, he has vast experience working with active-duty military healthcare facilities and currently mentor's senior military leaders in preparing for their processes and documentation to enter the Veterans Affairs Healthcare program.

Randy recently retired from crisis management operations and received his Ohio Substitute Teachers credentials so he can continue passing on his knowledge and experiences.

Chris Loranger has served over 18 years in the United States Army.

Chris Loranger has served over 18 years in the United States Army. He initially joined the Army in 1999 as a Military Police Officer and served in an airborne unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before leaving the Army in 2005. During that time, he deployed to Kosovo (2001), Afghanistan (2002), and Iraq (2004). After leaving the Army, he returned to his hometown of Santa Rosa, Calif., and served as a Sonoma County Sheriff Correctional Deputy for three years. He then left the Sheriff's Office to work for the Rohnert Park Public Safety as a Police Officer before deciding to return to the Army in 2009. He returned as a Special Forces recruit and completed Basic Infantry Training prior to Passing Special Forces Assessment and Selection.

Training highlights while in Special Forces include learning the French language, Military Freefall, the Special Forces Warrant Officer Certification Course, and the Special Forces Water Infiltration Course. Additionally, Chris just completed Ranger School as the oldest Soldier in his class (then 40) and as the only warrant officer.

Chris continually trains to keep up with the physical demands of Special Forces. As such, he trains for and competes in ultramarathons with numerous 100k and 50-mile finishes. He is doing a 100-mile race in June 2022 with the JFK 50-miler shortly after that. Aside from running, Chris is married and has two boys who are 12 and 10 years old. He enjoys spending the rare free time that he has with them.

During Chris' career, the physical demands have taken a toll on his body; from a neck injury due to a freefall parachute malfunction to knee pain from carrying heavy packs for long distances, the Special Forces lifestyle is not easy. Chris is currently undergoing pain management to work through pain issues.


April 26: “Black Feminist Thought and Grassroots Health Organizing”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Dr. Rachel Dudley, a UToledo assistant professor in Women's and Gender Studies and an affiliated faculty member in the Africana Studies Program, presented this lecture, titled "Black Feminist Thought and Grassroots Health Organizing: Case Studies in Healing Justice Work."

Dr. Dudley's interactive presentation will explore frameworks emerging from Black feminist thought and grassroots organizing, in relation to health and medicine. Discussion themes include the following: important historical case studies involving African American women and medical ethics, the historical development of "healing justice" frameworks and community-level interventions in relation to social justice and health. Dr. Dudley will discuss important contributions in this area, from the Black Women's Health Imperative, The Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective, and the Black Feminist Health Science Studies Collective. Dr. Dudley will also review examples of grassroots work, which address trauma-informed care for BIPOC and other marginalized communities (i.e. The Black Emotional And Mental Health Collective, BEAM).

A Black feminist health humanities scholar, Dr. Dudley researches and teaches at the intersections of gender, race, history, health, and cultural representations. She is interested in interdisciplinary collaborative work across the health humanities and health sciences. Dr. Dudley completed her doctoral work at Emory University in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. She has published articles and/or book reviews in Disability Studies Quarterly, Humanities, and Synapsis: A Health Humanities Journal. She also has a forthcoming chapter on Black feminist pedagogy and teaching gender, race, and health humanities online. Dr. Dudley is a proud member of the National Women's Studies Association and the Black Feminist Health Science Studies Collective.  


April 7: “Removing the Barriers”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Dr. Lisa Lowery, from Michigan State University, presented this lecture, titled "In Conversation: Removing the Barriers, Future Directions in Diversity and Inclusion."

Dr. Lisa Lowery, a Grand Rapids native received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology, with Honors from Michigan State University. Dr. Lowery received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. She completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric Residency program at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Michigan State University/Grand Rapids Campus. Dr. Lowery completed a subspecialty fellowship in Adolescent Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. While at the Johns Hopkins, she obtained a Master of Public Health in the Department of Population and Family Health Sciences with a Certificate of Concentration in Maternal and Child Health.

Dr. Lowery is the Section Chief of Adolescent Medicine and an Associate Program Director for the Combined Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency Program. She is an Associate Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Human Development. In April 2020, she started at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine as the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Cultural Initiatives.

She is the president of the West Michigan Medical Society/National Medical Association and serves on the Urban League of West Michigan Board of Directors, the Cherry Health Foundation Board, Wedgewood Christian Services Board of Directors and Grand Rapids LGBTQ Health Consortium Board of Directors.


March 23: “Understanding the Journey to Health Equity”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Dr. Monica R. McLemore, from the University of California, San Francisco, presented this lecture, titled "Understanding The Journey To Health Equity: Retrofit, Reform, And Reimagine."

Dr. McLemore is a tenured associate professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department, an affiliated scientist with Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. She retired from clinical practice as a public health and staff nurse after a 28-year clinical nursing career in 2019, however, continues to provide flu and COVID-19 vaccines. Her program of research is focused on understanding reproductive health and justice.

To date, she has 87 peer reviewed articles, OpEds and commentaries and her research has been cited in the Huffington Post, Lavender Health, five amicus briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, and three National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine reports, and a data visualization project entitled How To Fix Maternal Mortality: The first step is to stop blaming women that was published in the 2019 Future of Medicine edition of Scientific American.

Her work has appeared in publications such as Dame Magazine, Politico, ProPublica/NPR and she made a voice appearance in Terrance Nance's HBO series "Random Acts of Flyness." She is the recipient of numerous awards and currently serves as chair for Sexual and Reproductive Health section of the American Public Health Association. She was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in 2019 and was named the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair in 2021.


Feb. 15: “Implicit Bias in Healthcare”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Feb. 15, 2022.

Dr. Marvin Whitfield (he/him/his), the distinguished keynote speaker in honor of Black History Month, presented this lecture, titled "Implicit Bias in Healthcare: Mitigating the Impact."

Dr. Whitfield is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio and the Founder of the Blue Force Mobile Training Team. Before moving to the private & nonprofit sector, Whitfield served as a Team Leader and Senior Instructor on a Department of Defense contract and conducted numerous training missions for the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence Training Division.

His previous work experience also included more than two decades of law enforcement, where he retired as a Police Commander. Whitfield's educational background consists of a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Criminal Justice, a master's degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and a Master of Business Administration: specializing in Human Resource Management and holds a certification in Psychology of Leadership.

He serves his community as a Rotarian, a member of the Perrysburg Coalition for Inclusion and Social Justice, and a Special Deputy with the Wood County Sheriff's Office. Whitfield sits on of several committees whose mission centers around promoting social equality and youth resilience.


Jan. 25: “Support Systems in Medicine”

The College of Medicine and Life Sciences Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion hosted a Language of Diversity lecture on Jan. 25, 2022.

Dr. Jaime McBride and Dr. Michael Bush-Arnold presented this lecture via WebEx, titled "Support Systems in Medicine."

Dr. Jaime McBride is an Emergency Medicine Physician with Emergency Physicians of Northwest Ohio. She works in emergency rooms across Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Community Health and Kinesiology degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She graduated from Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency from Henry Ford - Wyandotte in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. McBride was born and raised in Chicago, IL in the Hyde Park neighborhood. She enjoys riding her bike, traveling, and spending time with her family. She is married to Michael Bush-Arnold and they are the proud parents of 2-year old, Harper Cecelia. 

Dr. Michael Bush-Arnold is a Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor (physiatrist) with the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan in Detroit Michigan where he serves as the Medical Director of the Spinal Cord Injury unit. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Health from Miami University in Oxford, OH. He graduated from the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences and completed his residency from Emory University in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He subsequently completed a fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Bush-Arnold was born and raised in Toledo, OH. He is an avid Buckeyes football fan, enjoys watching movies, and loves being with his family.


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