EQUITY AND INCLUSION
Statement of Values
The Ventura County Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program recognizes the value of diversity, inclusion and equity.
We believe in fostering an environment that empowers residents of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, socioeconomic statuses, ages and life experiences to thrive.
We commit ourselves to addressing systemic racism, individual biases and other barriers in order to promote a safe and supportive environment in which all residents may realize their full potential as Family Physicians.
This statement of values was adopted by the VCMC Family Medicine Residency Program's core faculty and resident body. The residency's Racial Equity and Inclusion Committee, comprised of residents, fellows and faculty, is charged with developing programs in line with the statement and bringing a lens of inclusion to the residency's work. It allies with the Ventura County Medical System's Diversity and Inclusion committee, but with a primary focus of issues of equity and inclusion within the residency program.
For more on this topic, the STFM has an excellent Antiracism and Health Equity initiative, with good original information and links to outside resources.
CLINICAL EQUITY INITIATIVES
The County of Ventura and its Health Care Agency take equity seriously. Learn more about some of our efforts.
RACISM DECLARED A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS
The County of Ventura, guided by the Health Care Agency and Department of Public Health, issued a declaration that racism is a public health crisis, paving the way for collaboration across the county government to remove barriers to wellness for minority groups.
Ventura County's PRIDE clinic is the only facility in the county offering comprehensive care for transgender patients including gender affirming hormonal therapies and surgeries. They set the standard for culturally sensitive care and disseminate best practices throughout the Health Care Agency.
EQUITY AND INCLUSION COMMITTEE
The Health Care Agency has a vibrant Equity and Inclusion Committee comprised of key stakeholders including its CEO and hospital chief of staff. Working in collaboration with the County's equity officer, they are responsible for initiatives such as Health Equity Grand Rounds and investigations into disparities in healthcare outcomes.