UHS Core Values
The following beliefs guide our work in service to the campus:
- Integrated View of Health. We believe health is multidimensional: physical, mental, emotional, environmental, social and spiritual.
- Community-Based Collaboration. We embrace working collaboratively-with clients, campus and local providers-using the strengths of a multidisciplinary approach.
- Accessibility and Responsiveness. We promote equity and inclusion and believe everyone should receive the highest quality care. We are committed to providing programs and services that are economically, physically and culturally accessible and responsive to the changing needs of our communities.
- Social Responsibility and Stewardship. We protect the long-term wellbeing of our community by responsibly using and developing the resources entrusted to us and promoting environmental awareness, global thinking and local action.
- Vibrant Work Culture. We celebrate the contributions of our staff and embrace diversity of ideas, backgrounds and experiences. We encourage teamwork and innovation, and support a learning environment that helps staff succeed in their jobs and develop their careers.
UHS Strategic Plan for Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity
At University Health Services, we address equity, inclusion and diversity issues in our roles as both a healthcare provider and as an employer. We have organized our new and planned initiatives under national best practices for reducing healthcare disparities, specifically:
Ensure access to quality, culturally-competent care for vulnerable populations by improving the cultural competency and diversity of the health care workforce and addressing disparities in access to care.
Examples of related programs and services that have been implemented or expanded over the past three years: Counseling and Psychological Services satellite offices and community-based outreach activities to increase access for underserved students; a Trans Care Team; a financial fair for faculty and staff; a Thanksgiving food resources flier helping people eat healthy on a budget; implementing the Health Opportunity Fund for Pell Grant and Dream Aid recipients; mandatory equity, inclusion and diversity training for UHS staff; and much more.
Improve data collection and measurement of health data by race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation as well as other efforts in planning for the collection of additional data.
Examples include: ongoing client satisfaction surveys; annual review of service utilization and core satisfaction measures by race/ethnicity as well as gender identity and sexual orientation as available; regular analysis of demographics of medical and mental health providers as well as managers.
Achieve health equity through actions that help better link patients to a usual primary care source and increase the number of students who are part of our UHS medical home.
UHS Diversity Committee
The UHS Diversity Committee is an advisory committee that reports to the UHS Executive Director and provides recommendations for sustaining the organization’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. The committee is comprised of UHS staff from various job classifications and departments. Monthly meetings enable committee members to share pertinent department and campus updates and to develop recommendations on organization-wide equity and inclusion activities such as trainings, policies, practices and evaluation. Additionally, the committee maintains a relationship with the Office of Equity & Inclusion to integrate UHS efforts and support larger campus initiatives.