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Employee resource groups (ERGs) are groups of employees who join together in their workplace based on shared characteristics or life experiences. ERGs are generally based on providing support, enhancing career development, and contributing to personal growth in the work environment.
International Employee Resource Group
The goal of the International Employee Resource Group is to help foreign staff better understand American and UAB cultures by getting them involved. Currently the group has a focus on Chinese staff members, with a goal to expand to other international groups. It aims to share information among various departments, labs, and divisions while providing more collaboration opportunities. The group also seeks to build a bridge of communication between foreign staff and the UAB leadership team. To get involved, interested parties can reach out to Sharon Tang (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Dean’s Council for Graduate Medical Education (DCGME) Subcommittee for Diversity and Inclusion
The GME Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee seeks to increase opportunities and recruitment of highly competitive resident and fellow candidates of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, as well as promote an environment that allows them to thrive and accomplish their goals. The GME Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee reports to the Dean’s Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Residents/fellows can participate in our group by contacting the GME Office at email@example.com to express interest in joining the subcommittee. Members of the subcommittee participate by planning and supporting the GME Strategic Plan for Diversity & Inclusion, the Second Look Weekend/School of Medicine Diversity Day, and Welcome Reception.
Growth, Resources, & Outreach for Women (GROW)
Growth, Resources, & Outreach for Women (GROW) is committed to providing a safe venue for UAB’s female professionals to discuss issues related to women in the workplace and implement strategies to improve workplace satisfaction. It strives to help women grow and develop in their careers and personal lives by providing opportunities to become involved in activities that will strengthen them and others in the workplace. Its primary purpose is to implement leadership development through education, mentoring and networking, so that women can become positive, powerful change agents in the workplace. GROW plans to provide quarterly education related to issues and practices that affect women at UABHS. The group also will propose initiatives to ensure that UABHS equitably serves the needs of its women employees and partner with the Women’s Leadership Conference mentoring programs. Employees who wish to participate can contact Deborah Grimes at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Kowalczyk at email@example.com.
Young Professionals Affinity Group
The goal of the Young Professionals Affinity Group is to serve UAB’s young professionals so that they see it as an organization where their purpose can be fulfilled and where they can happily remain for their entire career. The group is for professionals at any UAB entity who are looking for development opportunities and consider themselves to be early in their career or early in their UAB career. There is no age limit for those interested in participating. To get involved or learn more, contact Andy Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org or Erin Yarbrough at email@example.com.
National Association of Health Services Executives Birmingham Regional Chapter (NAHSE BRC)
The NAHSE Birmingham Regional Chapter’s members are comprised of health care professionals who are leaders and experts in their respective areas. These leaders are employed by various health care organizations in the greater Birmingham metropolitan area, including UAB Medicine, UAB West, Cooper Green Mercy Health Services, Encompass Health, and Huntsville Hospital. Its goal is to create a climate in which diverse health care leaders can promote education, community service, and leadership development by leveraging local/national networks to establish an ongoing commitment that supports equitable care for all. To get involved, employees can contact Mona Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the chapter’s website at nahsebrc.com.
Retro Professional Employee Resource Group
The purpose of the Retro Professional Employee Resource Group is to provide a resource for mature professionals employed by UAB Medicine. The group’s goal is to create a venue to discuss and implement strategies to improve employee satisfaction for these leaders in the workplace. It aims to create mentoring and networking opportunities and plan educational sessions on topics in which employees show an interest. To learn more, contact Jennie Craft at email@example.com.
Veteran, Active Military Friends and Family Resource Group
The Veteran, Active Military Friends and Family Resource Group provides support for UAB employees, faculty, patients, and loved ones. It is committed to supporting the specific needs of those affiliated with the military. The group offers assistance to both employees and patients related to veterans’ health, education, and benefit resources; HR and employment resources; counseling resources; and social/community resources. To learn more, contact Jessica Zeller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Advisory Group
UAB Medicine is committed to valuing diversity and inclusion through the equitable treatment of our patients, employees, and the wider community. The LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Advisory Group was established for the primary purpose of providing a forum to discuss and address issues related to the LGBTQ community and to offer meaningful solutions that are equitable and inclusive. To learn more, contact Dawson Smith at email@example.com.