Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
“By supporting a culture of inclusion, we can continue to grow not only as an organization, but as individuals increasing our ability to better understand and serve our families, patients, and communities throughout Alabama in the most effective, culturally competent manner.”
—Deborah Grimes, RN, JD, MSHQS
UAB Medicine embraces diversity. It is at the core of who we are and whom we serve. Diversity is not an obligation but an asset. We must draw upon differences to execute our mission of excellence.
As UAB Medicine looks to the future, we must plan for the economic, social, and demographic changes occurring in our nation. Accordingly, we view diversity as a business asset and are committed to maintaining a workforce that represents and reflects the communities it serves.
The challenge of developing a more diverse and inclusive culture falls to everyone throughout UAB Medicine.
We are a beacon of hope. We should always care – truly care – about our patients, coworkers, and students, and we should be supportive, not judgmental. We must do right by respecting everyone, regardless of the person’s race, color, creed, politics, sexual orientation, or national origin.
Our efforts to promote diversity haven’t gone unnoticed. UAB Medicine was awarded the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, as part of the annual Healthcare Equality Index (HEI).
We are UAB Medicine. At the end of the day, we are a family of thousands who care about each other, the people we serve, Alabama, and our nation.
UAB Medicine’s executive leadership strongly believes in diversity and inclusion and wants to ensure that our employees of all backgrounds and abilities can contribute to the organization’s success. Leadership promotes inclusion in all aspects of our operation by exhibiting behaviors that respect diversity of thought and perspective as well as ethnic, cultural, generational, and other differences, and employees are expected to model these behaviors.
By supporting a culture of inclusion, we continue to grow not only as an organization, but as individuals increasing our ability to better understand and serve our communities in the most effective, culturally competent manner possible.
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Researcher Awarded K23 Grant to Study Malaria Prevention in Pregnant Women in Cameroon
University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Division of Infectious Diseases and chief of Women’s Health Services at UAB’s 1917 Clinic, has been awarded a five-year, $841,000 K23 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. The award will fund a randomized controlled phase II study to determine the efficacy and safety of a new antibiotic regimen to prevent malaria and other infections during pregnancy among women living with HIV in Cameroon.Jodie Dionne-Odom, M.D., assistant professor in the
Currently, more than 3 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria, and pregnant women with HIV in Africa are at heightened risk. In a resource-limited setting, Dionne-Odom’s research will hopefully find an effective prophylaxis for these patients that will improve adverse birth outcomes, improve maternal health and combat the spread of malaria in vulnerable populations.
“Women in sub-Saharan Africa are at a very high risk of getting malaria and having complications of pregnancy as a result of infection, and malaria and HIV are leading causes of death in Cameroon,” Dionne-Odom said. “We’re hoping to identify a successful regimen to prevent common infections in this exposed population that will in turn improve pregnancy and birth outcomes, while helping other at-risk women across the world in the future.”
When pregnant women are infected with malaria, a vector-borne disease transmitted through mosquito bites, they can suffer with fevers, malaise and anemia. The disease can also impact the infant, causing prematurity, low birth weight, congenital infection or even stillbirth.
The study, which is currently enrolling patients, will be conducted at two sites — Mboppi Baptist Hospital in Douala, Cameroon, and Baptist Hospital in Mutengene, Cameroon. As the associate director of the UAB Cameroon Health Initiative (CHI-UAB) team, Dionne-Odom will be working in tandem with in-country experts from the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services and faculty members from the University of Buea for the duration of the study.
While Dionne-Odom is the lead investigator, an on-the-ground team in Cameroon working at four hospital facilities includes a project coordinator, four research nurses, two research assistants, a pharmacist, clinicians and administrators. This malaria project is one of several ongoing CHI-UAB global research projects focusing on improving maternal and child health.
The study will enroll 310 women over a two-year period.
Dionne-Odom was recently awarded the 2018 UAB Pittman Scholar Award for Excellence in Research.
Source: UAB News
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