Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion HealthMonth

Health Month graphic from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Join medical students and Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (OEDI) for a series of findings focused on health issues facing our diverse communities.

This free event is open to the public. College of Medicine – Participating Phoenix students can win Diversity Hour (PDF) credits for all sessions, with the exception of the Arizona Native Health Care Presentation. This session is only eligible for rural health credits.


Tuesday, November 1, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

And Then There Were Women: A Discussion of the Impact of the Tuskegee Army Nurse Corp during World War II

White Coats 4 Black Lives (WC4BL) and OEDI welcome you to this upcoming lunchtime seminar just in time for Veterans Day! Last semester we heard about the Tuskegee Airmen. This year we will be joined by Mrs Pia Jordandirector of the Army Nurse Corp project, and we will learn more about womenespecially the nurses, who served to keep the Tuskegee Airmen in the air.

Wednesday, November 2, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Diagnosis Day: The Impact of Ableism on Disabled Patients and Their Families

This session will be a patient group format with four families of children with developmental disabilities sharing their experiences of receiving their children’s diagnoses. We will also be joined by Dr. Pamela Murphy, who specializes in disabilities and can offer a clinician’s perspective. Unfortunately, the most capable perceptions of disability in the medical community too often influence how clinicians make diagnoses of disability. These generous families are invested in sharing their insights in hopes of having a positive ripple effect on our future physicians and their patients.

Thursday, November 3, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

American health policy
In recognition of Native American heritage

This lecture will be presented by Alec Calac (Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians), MD/PhD candidate at UC San Diego School of Medicine and Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science and Molecular and Cellular Biology. He works in collaboration with the Global Health Policy and Data Institute on research projects integrating social media, health technology, health policy and tribal public health. He is currently the National President of the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS). In 2022, he was named a 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health by the National Minority Quality Forum and was also chosen to participate in the White House Leaders in Health Equity Roundtable Series.

Tuesday, November 8, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

APAMSA Interactive Session: Immigration History of Different Ethnicities from AANHPI

The College of Medicine – Phoenix’s Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) Interest Group will host an interactive activity-based event where we will review the immigration history of different ethnicities from AANHPI to highlight the diversity of times/reasons for migration and thus diversity in the challenges that each community faces.

Wednesday, November 16, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Native American Service and Equity Presentation (NASE)
In recognition of Native American heritage

NASE will host a two-part lecture series with Indigenous physicians as guest speakers. For Indigenous Heritage Month, we think it’s important for students to not only know that it exists, but to hear the perspectives of Indigenous leaders and have them in an engaging way to know more about this population.

Monday, November 21, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Presentation on Indigenous Health Care in Arizona with Naomi Bishop, MLIS, AHIP
In recognition of Native American heritage

The Gila River Indian Community was the first reservation established in Arizona by an act of Congress in 1859. Come listen and learn about health care and tribal communities in Arizona. This presentation will highlight the Gila River Indian community and introduce participants to tribal governance, sovereignty and access to health care for Native Americans.

Lunch will be provided by rural health for those who RSVP for the seminar. For those unable to attend in person, this event will be available on Zoom.

Monday, November 21, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Asia-Pacific American Medical Students Association/Latin American Medical Students Association Dinner

This event is a collaborative dinner between APAMSA and LMSA with the goal of bringing the campus community together through a celebration of culture. Underrepresented and marginalized groups have very unique immigration histories, traumatic experiences, and as a result, nuanced community struggles and barriers. Despite these complexities, there are commonalities that we share in our collective growth and journey toward equity.

This event is a call for solidarity. As we stand up for our communities, we can find the strength to understand other cultures beyond our own, learn from each other’s struggles, and unite our collective voice in our calls to action. We plan to do a joint presentation that will increase awareness of individual community struggles, identify similarities in our backgrounds/heritage, and demonstrate how diversifying our cultural skills can promote conscious solidarity, empathy, and concern for others.

Monday, November 28, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

APAMSA Lunch Talk with Dr. Alice Lee

Dr Alice Lee, emergency physician who has attended some of our previous events. As an Asian American woman in emergency medicine, she represents several underrepresented groups. She is delighted to come and meet us for an event lunch!

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