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FMCH Programs Recognized for Embracing Diversity

Family, Maternal and Child Health Programs staff participate in a "balloon toss" exercise at their retreat.

Public Health's Family Maternal and Child Health (FMCH) Programs recently demonstrated its commitment to Reducing Health Disparities at an extraordinary and dynamic all-staff meeting "Embracing Diversity: Our Commitment." FMCH brought its program staff together to move beyond raising awareness about diversity to genuinely embracing diversity. The meeting, which took place on January 31, included keynote speaker Vicki Alexander, MD, MPH, former Director of Maternal and Child Health Programs for the City of Berkeley. Dr. Alexander shared her recipe for positive change, "a pound of courage, a pound of humility and a whole lot of community."

It was a day of reflection in which the group worked to understand what it means to have cultural humility. They shared and discussed differences in backgrounds and upbringings in order to work more effectively with each other and with our communities. Each program was given time to shine with snapshots of their programs and their work. Staff also attended two workshops of their choice designed to engage in meaningful dialogue, discussion and conversation about diversity and cultural humility. Individual FMCH program managers will work with their staff to continue the work that was started at the all-staff meeting. FMCH received a Reducing Health Disparities award to acknowledge its contribution to the department's RHD efforts.

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