Advancing Diversity and Embracing Inclusion
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Harvard Medical School (HMS) is thrilled to announce a new philanthropic commitment from the Aetna Foundation that will help right inequities in access to care, education, and leadership opportunities in healthcare and medical science. Persistent shortfalls in diversity exist in every segment of the biomedical careers pipeline. In order to make lasting changes, we must address the gaps in every stage of academia and career development. And in order to be successful, HMS is seeking philanthropic partners like the Aetna Foundation to champion these efforts across our campus for the benefit of underrepresented minorities everywhere.
Today, HMS is proud to celebrate a $250,000 commitment from the Aetna Foundation to support the HMS Diversity Fund—a central hub to distribute funding across our diversity programs, allocating resources to the areas of greatest need. The HMS Diversity Fund is a school-wide initiative with a multi-pronged approach to ensuring access to, and opportunities for diverse populations. From high-school STEM programming designed to bolster the biomedical careers pipeline, to support for HMS’s medical students and faculty fellows, to scholarly research that will strengthen the evidence-base for the impact of promoting diversity, this funding will provide vital, far-reaching support to ensure inclusion and equal access to biomedical careers for all who seek them.
Aetna Foundation president, Garth Graham, MD, MPH, was excited to raise Aetna’s hand to join Dean Joan Reede and HMS in its efforts to build a community of supporters dedicated to building lasting opportunities for diversity at HMS and beyond. Dr. Graham has agreed to serve as chair of the HMS Diversity Fund Committee, a collection of internal and external volunteer leaders working to broaden the scope and impact of our diversity efforts. Word of the gift was first shared at the 116th Annual NMA Convention and Scientific Assembly, where its announcement was met with zeal and interest from the attendees.