ROCHESTER, Minn. — When analyzing the complex issues surrounding equity, inclusion and diversity in health care, examining all facets, subtleties and underlying problems is the only way to craft real-world solutions, according to Anjali Bhagra, M.D., medical director for Mayo Clinic's Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity.
"We often get stuck in analysis paralysis or admiration of the problem," says Dr. Bhagra.
Dr. Bhagra will dig deeply into the tough questions that equity, inclusion and diversity issues present at an upcoming conference and continuing medical education course that she is co-directing. Dr. Bhagra will deploy the "RISE" approach she helped develop at Mayo Clinic for workplace development.
RISE consists of these four pillars:
"As someone who believes that empowered belonging should be the hallmark of every work environment and that all voices and perspectives should be heard and honored, I'm so excited to present RISE for Equity: Reflect, Inspire, Strengthen & Empower 2021," says Dr. Bhagra. "Using the RISE pillars, we will lean into the discomfort surrounding equity, inclusion and diversity challenges; hear from experts in different industries; cross-pollinate ideas across the health care industry; and discuss innovation, strategies and emerging trends."
Speakers at RISE for Equity will include:
"Health care entities need a national conversation about equity, inclusion and diversity issues, but they also need a sound methodology for dissecting those issues," says Cathy Fraser, Mayo Clinic's chief human resources officer. "The RISE program offers a groundbreaking, comprehensive approach." Fraser also is interim director of Mayo Clinic's Office of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity and a co-director of the RISE for Equity: Reflect, Inspire, Strengthen & Empower 2021 conference.
RISE for Equity attendees will collaborate with speakers and panelists to answer some of the uncomfortable questions that pepper the equity, inclusion and diversity dialogue, including:
The RISE for Equity: Reflect, Inspire, Strengthen & Empower 2021 conference will be held Nov. 4–6 in person at Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. Learn more about the conference and register.
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