EQUITY IS FOR EVERYONE

July 17, 2023

It's hard to imagine a perfect world. But a better one? We can do that. “Equity for Everyone” is a mission committed to bringing every Utahn along in the process of imagining better health care, education, and opportunity for all. That includes the women seeking new lives and shelter through urban farming, the New American patient navigating an unfamiliar health care system, the rural doctor bringing care to a remote frontier town, veterans, new mothers, and survivors of opioid use disorder.

It’s the goal of our health care system to ensure everyone—no matter their age, ability, and identity—feels that they belong.

That’s why we’re weaving Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) into the fabric of everything we do and inviting all to join us. We’re expanding education, improving hiring practices, and creating new standards of care to address health disparities as part of our commitment to a more inclusive world.

And we're not doing it alone. Meet the leaders building a better U—from the inside, out. They’re asking: What barriers prevent people from feeling like they belong? And how are we doing our part so that all feel included? Together, we're fostering belonging not just on our campus but throughout our community.

José stands in front of Redwood Health Center, one of the U’s 11 community clinics that serves patients from Hispanic/ Latinx, historically underrepresented, and refugee/New American backgrounds. When not engaged in academic research, José practices family medicine at this location.
Natasha sits inside one of her favorite coffeeshops, Mestizo Coffeehouse, in west Salt Lake City. She loves the space for its Latin-inspired menu, bright murals, and support of local artists from underrepresented communities.
Paloma chose to be photographed on the 3rd floor of the Gardner Commons building at the University of Utah, where there are two exhibits featuring nation's flags and a layered map of the world. She sits in front of the South America portion of the map, home to her native Brazil.
Donna stands at the Eccles Health Sciences Library in front of the last iron lung machine at the U. Behind her lies a series of portraits displaying prominent physicians and researchers; she’s currently petitioning to add the institution’s first Black physician to this wall of distinction.
Valerie sits in a study space on the upper floor of the College of Nursing building. During our shoot, Valerie played one of her favorite music genres to help her stay relaxed: a K-Pop (Korean Pop) playlist she listens to with her daughter while getting ready in the morning.
Bart leans against a row of seats in a classroom at the School of Dentistry. He teaches ethics alongside his clinical work, but some of his greatest breakthroughs have been his own: realizing how his privilege affects his worldview and helping others along the route to allyship.
Heather stands on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail behind the Natural History Museum of Utah. An avid trail runner, this is her favorite place to unwind and enjoy uninterrupted views of Salt Lake Valley, a close second to the forests of her North Carolina childhood.

JOSÉ E. RODRÍGUEZ | (he/him), MD, FAAFP

Associate Vice President for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at University of Utah Health

Passionate about community health outcomes, student and faculty success, and equity in medicine

José stands in front of Redwood Health Center, one of the U’s 11 community clinics that serves patients from Hispanic/Latinx, historically underrepresented, and refugee/New American backgrounds. When not engaged in academic research, José practices family medicine at this location.

PALOMA F. CARIELLO, MD, MPH | (she/her)

Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine

Passionate about medical education, women in leadership, and addressing language barriers

Paloma sits on the 3rd floor of the Gardner Commons building at the University of Utah, where two exhibits feature national flags and a layered map of the world. She is photographed in front of the South American portion of the map, home to her native Brazil.

DONNA BALUCHI, MLIS | (she/they)

Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Librarian at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library

Passionate about cultural awareness, student resources, and broadening access to information

Donna stands at the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library in front of the last iron lung machine at the U. Behind her hangs a series of portraits displaying prominent physicians and researchers.

VALERIE FLATTES, PhD, APRN, MS, ANP-BC | (she/her)

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at the University of Utah College of Nursing

Passionate about student belonging, sustainable action, and addressing barriers to education

Valerie sits in a study space on the upper floor of the College of Nursing building. During our shoot, Valerie played one of her favorite music genres to help her stay relaxed: a K-Pop (Korean Pop) playlist she listens to with her daughter while getting ready in the morning.

BART T. WATTS, DDS | (he/him)

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at the University of Utah School of Dentistry

Passionate about community outreach, access to health care, and navigating allyship

Bart leans against a row of seats in a classroom at the School of Dentistry building. He teaches ethics alongside his clinical work, but some of his biggest breakthroughs have been his own: realizing how his privilege affects his worldview and helping others along the route to allyship.

HEATHER NYMAN, PharmD | (she/her)

Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Assistant Dean for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion at the University of Utah College of Pharmacy

Passionate about inclusive hiring practices, EDI education, and affordable health care

Heather stands on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail behind the Natural History Museum of Utah. An avid trail runner, this is her favorite place to unwind and enjoy uninterrupted views of Salt Lake Valley, a close second to the forests of her North Carolina childhood.

Tell us about yourself. How did your EDI journey begin?

Jose Rodriguez responds.
Donna Baluchi responds.