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Town halls move race relations conversation into action

Penn State Health and the College of Medicine will present a series of town halls during the next two weeks as part of the organization’s renewed commitment to create respectful, inclusive work and patient care environments. The town halls will include breakout sessions to give everyone a voice.

“The goal is to develop measurable strategies to improve the culture and climate for employees and patients,” said Lynette Chappell-Williams, chief diversity officer and associate dean for diversity and inclusion.

The following sessions are scheduled:

Creating Allies Against Racism: How do you support impacted communities? What do you say to someone of color to show your support?  How do you learn more about racism?

Eradicating Racism in our Organization: How do we individually and organizationally eradicate racism within Penn State Health and the College of Medicine’s existing workforce culture? Do our policies and practices promote racism?

Creating a Culture of Inclusiveness: How do we expand our dialogues to include other populations that often experience bias, including our LGBTQ communities, those with disabilities, and those of under-represented religions? What are we learning from our experiences with the Black community that can be applied to other populations? How do we create a true culture of inclusiveness at Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine for all diverse populations?

Caring for Minority and Underserved Patients: What can we do better to provide quality care to our racial/ethnic minority and under-represented populations, many of whom may be nervous about seeking care because of national incidents, cultural differences and other reasons?

How to Talk to Your Kids about Racism

In response to the request for guidance on how to talk with kids about racism, the death of George Floyd and the significance of the protests, Dr. Jessica Mattingly, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral health, will conduct four sessions:

Parents of Infants and Toddlers
Thursday, June 25, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Meeting ID: 990 3440 6426
Password: PSH2020

Parents of Preschool-aged Children
Friday, June 26, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Meeting ID: 939 6024 8222
Password: PSH2020

Parents of School-aged Children
Monday, June 29, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Meeting ID: 979 6245 5685
Password: PSH2020

Parents of Middle and High School-aged Children
Tuesday, June 30, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meeting ID: 994 9571 0183
Password: PSH2020

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