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.

Equity in Patient Care

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 are also recognized as a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign 2022 Healthcare Equality Index for our commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who can face challenges in accessing adequate healthcare. UW Health is amongst only 496 healthcare facilities in the United States, and the only one in south central Wisconsin, to have earned the 2022 “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation. University Hospital, American Family Children’s Hospital, and UW HEalth East Madison Hospital were all designated “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” facilities.

Civic Health

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.

White Coats for Black Lives

StatementOn June 13, several physicians and clinical staff from DEM joined hundreds of other health care professionals at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to rally for Black lives.

White Coats for Black Lives (WC4BL) is a national medical student-run organization with goals to foster dialogue on racism as a public health concern, end racial discrimination in medical care, and prepare future physicians to be advocates for racial justice. WC4BL boasts 32 chapters around the country including the one at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH) that organized the Madison event.

The peaceful 2-hour assembly included speeches from healthcare professionals, health profession students, and community leaders from across the state focused on increasing awareness and promoting steps toward change. We continually strive to recruit a workforce that better reflects the patients we take care of, diversify our organizational and institutional talent, and engage in social emergency medicine through research and advocacy that seek to design best practices for the application of social determinants of health at the bedside and beyond.

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.