"Many Faces Addressing Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare"
Linda Grace Solis, PhD Featured Speaker
Interim Director, Student Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing, & Professional Development
Senior Educational Development Specialist, Undergraduate Medical Education School of Medicine
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Topic: "How Do You See the World?"
Our worldview – each individual’s worldview – is shaped in many ways: how and where we were raised, who raised us, the very culture that surrounds us – the list goes on and on.
How might your particular worldview influence your relationships? How might it affect your interactions with colleagues? With friends? With strangers? Come prepared to reflect on your identity, learn about unconscious bias, and consider ways this bias may color your worldview.
Dr. Linda Grace Solis is the Interim Director of Student Diversity, Inclusion, Wellbeing, and Professional Development at UTHSCSA School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in Leadership Studies from Our Lady of the Lake University. Her dissertation focused on the leadership language President Abraham Lincoln used in his public life. While researching Lincoln’s views on race and slavery, she came across the website for Harvard’s Implicit project and immediately became fascinated with the idea of unconscious bias, its formation in each of us, its impact on each of us, and how it might be mitigated.
Dr. Solis has since gained a certificate from the Unconscious Bias Learning Lab and has used her expertise to present to faculty and student groups. Her goal is always to help learners turn the flashlight inward to consider their own biases and the impact these biases have on their everyday lives.
8:00am - 9:00am
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
9:00am - 9:10am
Welcome and Introductions
9:10am - 10:10am
Featured Speaker: Linda Grace Solis, PhD
10:10am - 10:30am
10:30am - 11:45am
“Cultural Competence: Diversity in Action”
“Beyond Diversity: Becoming a Culture of Inclusive Excellence”
Diversity training can be very beneficial and is essential to any organization’s success. However, training without proper execution is futile. Cultural competence not only considers differences in the ethnicity, gender, religion, physical ability, social status, age, educational background, etc. of each individual, but also focuses on the actual application of lessons learned and skills obtained through academia, training, “hands-on” experiences, community outreach, employee resource groups, and daily interaction with patients and personnel.
How does the concept of “diversity” differ from “cultural competence”?
Explain ways that community outreach and the use of ERGs (employee resource groups) can assist with driving cultural competency and “putting diversity into action”?
How does diversity in our curriculum potentially impact our medical students and their ability to deliver cultural competent, patient-centered care?
What does it mean for you to have a commitment to providing culturally competent care? How have you and your organization demonstrated that commitment in your work environment?
Beyond Diversity – Becoming a Culture of Inclusive Excellence
The changing demographics and economics of our growing multicultural world, and the long-standing disparities in the health status of people from culturally diverse backgrounds has challenged health care providers and organizations to consider cultural diversity as a priority and moving past the concept of diversity. Instead focusing more on the concept of a culture of inclusion that will lead to excellence.
Explain ways that driving cultural competency and putting diversity into action can be conducted in the health care professions.
How does creating and building a culture of inclusion impact healthcare professions students and their ability to deliver cultural competent, patient-centered care?
What does it mean for you to have a commitment to providing culturally competent care?
How have you and your organization demonstrated that commitment in your work environment?
Dr. Barbara Aranda-Naranjo Panelist
Associate Provost for Community Engagement
University of the Incarnate Word
Dr. Barbara Aranda Naranjo has been a Public Health Nurse and Administrator for thirty six years and has worked at the clinical and community level with vulnerable resilient populations in the US, sub Saharan Africa and India under the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). For her leadership and work with African‐American and Hispanic populations living with chronic diseases in the U.S. and communities living with HIV/AIDS in sub‐Saharan African and India. She has been honored with two Endowed chairs in Nursing one at the University of Incarnate Word, School of Nursing in San Antonio
and the second at Georgetown University in in the School of Nursing and Allied Health in Washington, D.C. She had held positions in Texas hospitals, community based organizations in San Antonio and faculty
positions at the University of Texas Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, University of Incarnate Word and Georgetown University. She has had a varied work experience as a Senior Public Health Analyst in the U.S. federal government in the areas of program evaluation, healthcare professional education, training and capacity building, international professional health workforce programs for communities living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and Sub‐Saharan Africa and India.
Dr. Aranda Naranjo holds a Doctorate in Community Health Nursing from The University of Texas School of Nursing in Austin, Texas and a Master’s in Nursing in Adult Health Nursing for Incarnate Word Colleges and Bachelors in Nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She
currently is the Associate Provost for Civic Engagement at the University of the Incarnate Word where she oversees the Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and the Sustainability office. The Ettling Center promotes student and faculty community service learning to become familiar with the social needs of their local and
global communities. The sustainability office focuses on the care of the environment and developing concerned and enlightened citizens for the care of the world’s resources.
Dr. Aranda Naranjo has been married for twenty six years to retired Chief Master Sergeant, Sonny Naranjo and has seven brothers and one sister and many nephews and nieces, which she enjoys mentoring as future leaders. She has had many awards and recognitions but what she likes to be known for is her work with people living with HIV/AIDS, which she still hold close to her heart.
University of the Incarnate Word
Feik School of Pharmacy
703 East Hildebrand, Room 513
San Antonio, TX 78212