All posts by Dr. Carlos E. Cortes, Dr. Adwoa Osei

Carlos E. Cortés is a retired history professor who has been a diversity speaker, educator, trainer, and consultant for nearly fifty years. His books include: The Children Are Watching: How the Media Teach about Diversity; his memoir, Rose Hill: An Intermarriage before Its Time; and a book of poetry, Fourth Quarter: Reflections of a Cranky Old Man, which received honorable mention in the 2017 International Latino Book Awards. He also edited the four-volume Multicultural America: A Multimedia Encyclopedia. Adwoa Osei is Co-Director of the Health Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism curriculum , Director of Pediatric Undergraduate Medical Education, and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics of the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine. She has received multiple awards for clinical care and teaching excellence. Dr. Osei has developed innovative methods for involving diverse local communities to share their experiences in educating medical personnel for cultural competence. She leads the UCR clinic for Leadership Education in Neurodiversity and served on expert panels on disabilities for the Centers for Disease Control and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Diversity and Speech Part 23: Health Equity – by Carlos E. Cortés and Adwoa Osei

In July, 2020, the two of us met for the first time as inaugural co-directors of the University of California, Riverside, School of Medicine’s new Health Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism (HESJAR) curricular initiative.  The school handed us those six words.  The rest was up to us.

We started by looking and listening.  We looked at what other medical schools had done.  While we found some useful ideas, this strategy had built-in limitations.  No other medical school that we encountered had triangulated those three intersecting but disparate ideas: health equity; social justice; and anti-racism.  We had to address all three and integrate them into a coherent curriculum.
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Diversity and Speech Part 14: Health Equity – by Carlos Cortés, Adwoa Osei

Completing her second year as a pediatrics professor at the University of California, Riverside, Adwoa was focused on providing clinical training for her medical students.  A retired UCR history professor, Carlos had no way of imagining that he would soon be joining the staff of a medical school.  .

Then the UCR School of Medicine decided to establish a new required curricular thread on Health Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism.  Shortly after that, the School asked Adwoa and Carlos to become co-directors of the thread in order to get it started.

It was decision time for the two of us.  Still at an early stage of her medical teaching career, Adwoa had numerous obligations.  Experienced in health care cultural competence training, Carlos had been giving annual workshops on that topic to UCR’s incoming medical students.  But establishing an entire curricular thread?  That was a challenge.  But also an opportunity.  We couldn’t turn it down.   Continue reading Diversity and Speech Part 14: Health Equity – by Carlos Cortés, Adwoa Osei