Equity, Inclusion & Engagement

The BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to the mission, vision and values shared by both UW Health and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. At the core of these values and goals is the constant endeavor toward excellence in all that we do and toward fostering a culture of inclusion and respect among our patients, employees, learners, and the communities we serve. Through teaching, discovery and advocacy, we hope to promote equity and access to quality healthcare.

We also strongly believe in the significance of servant leadership. Our providers and staff understand the importance of community health and seek to improve the lives of the citizens of Madison and beyond by engaging directly with the community, particularly our underserved populations.

We care for all patients compassionately and without judgment, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, or any other human factor. We& care for populations of various socioeconomic backgrounds and ethnicities in the Madison area, including African American, Hmong, and Hispanic/Latino. Through our extended Med Flight service area, we also treat a diverse community of patients from northern Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, rural Wisconsin (including Amish/Mennonite communities).

Our clinical sites at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics and the American Family Children's Hospital are also recognized as "Leaders in LGBT Healthcare Equality" in the Healthcare Equality Index 2019 report for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare.

Our emergency departments were also among the first in the nation to offer nonpartisan, non-interruptive online voter registration directly in our facilities through a partnership with VotER

We invite you to learn more about our diversity initiatives and community involvement. To learn more about our engagement and development initiatives with low-resource populations internationally, please visit our Global Health section.