In an effort to foster a welcoming and culturally literate culture in our department we hold events that educate, address substantive issues in DEI, and celebrate the culture and heritage of our diverse patients and providers. We recognize the privileged position we are in as being part of one of the primer medical institutions in the world, and as such whenever possible try to make our DEI material publicly available so others may benefit from it.
Following the spread of COVID-19 in the United States we witnessed a significant increase in xenophobia and racism against Asian and Asian Americans, which extended to staff at the hospital. In response, the Radiology Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, with the support of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Office for Equity and Inclusion, hosted a virtual panel entitled “Confronting Xenophobia and Supporting Our Asian Community During COVID-19.” The event provided a historical, national and local perspective on xenophobia in the context of COVID-19 and provided a recommendation on how to advance an environment of dignity and respect within Boston and beyond.
Similarly, MGH Radiology has been outspoken with regards to calling attention to, and addressing, health disparities in radiology. Members of the committee have presented at national, interdisciplinary discussions.
Recognizing Diversity, Celebrating Our Cultures, and Bringing the Community into the Hospital
The Education Subcommittee of the MGH Department of Radiology DE&I Committee holds an annual Diversity Week. In 2020, we extended our programming and began a partnership with the newly established BWH Radiology DE&I Committee to provide interdepartmental programming which was also made publicly available. Continuing medical educational credits were offered to doctors, nurses, and radiology technologists. Attendees from across the country joined us to discuss and hear topics such as: the patient experience for gender diverse individuals in radiology, microaggressions in medicine, building a sustaining presence in developing countries during strife, how to better engage communities of color in research and patient care, and the DE&I strategies and experiences from other programs and national organizations.
Additionally, the subcommittee is involved in recognizing and celebrating cultural events. For instance, the MGH Radiology DE&I Committee worked with a number of community non-profits, artists, and historians as well as institutional partners (the Office of Equity & Inclusion and the Center for Diversity & Inclusion) to provide programming that educated, entertained, celebrated, and uplifted black voices. Our virtual, free Juneteenth program took place on June 18th and 19th and was made available to the public. We explored the topics of teaching hard history, how street art brought the community of Lynn together, heard a discussion on the intersection of race and art, virtually walked the Black Heritage trail, and looked to the future with Harvard’s own LaShyra Nolen. We celebrated Black pioneers at MGH as well as the culinary talents and backgrounds of MGH Nutrition Services.