Henry Ford Wyandotte Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The HFWH DEI committee is part of the graduate medical education system and is led by a team of residents, with representatives from each of our 4 programs. It aims to build a more welcoming and inclusive clinical environment by incorporating a diversity and equity lens into our recruitment and hiring processes, clinical training, and patient care. Specifically, this committee serves in an advisory capacity to achieve the following:

  1. Expand efforts to recruit applicants from underrepresented groups to our postgraduate training programs in OBGYN, EM, General Surgery, and Podiatry.
  2. Training residents in health disparities and the economic and social determinants of health that uniquely impact the communities we serve.
  3. Ensuring dignifying clinical delivery that is culturally sensitive and grounded in empathy and justice.

Monthly Events

Journal Clubs

  • Monthly meeting where all residents are excused from duties; Attendance from attendings, residents, and medical students
  • Residents choose and present articles on various topics relevant to diversity, equity and inclusion in medicine
  • Highlights social determinants of health and the effects on health outcomes

Past Articles Presented:

  • "Analgesic Access for Acute Abdominal Pain in the Emergency Department among Racial/Ethnic Minority Patients."
  • "Exploring the Social Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Prenatal Care Utilization and Maternal Outcome."

Resident/Student Training

  • Guest lectures, workshops, specialty specific spotlight lectures, training sessions, etc.

Presentation Examples from the Past:

  • WC SAFE (Wayne County Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners): an organization aimed to inspire healing and empowerment for those affected by sexual violence. Session focused on approaching patients who have been victims of intimate partner violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, etc., from an intersectional lens and in a way that is culturally sensitive
  • LGBTQ+ Lecture and Q&A featuring various speakers including our very own faculty who spoke on ways to address our LGBTQ+ community, patient-centered care for LGBTQ+ youth and gender affirming primary care.

Resources in the local community:

The Committee Consists Of:

Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Liaisons (3rd and 4th year Medical Students) and Attending participation

Bazzi Zeinab 19
Zeinab Bazzi
Chair
Valentim Michael 19
Michael Valentim
Co-Chair
Shermeen Rahmat
Co-Chair
Ann-Sophie Van Backle
Secretary
Oyedele Fatimoh 21
Fatimoh Oyedele
Treasurer
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Lindsey Mohney
Medical Student Liason
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Jaysa Withey
3rd Year Student Liaison

Questions about the HFWH DEI Committee, want to get involved or have ideas for future events, speakers or trainings?

Contact OBGYN Resident and Chair Zeinab Bazzi

* Copy of our bylaws available upon request

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