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The University of Virginia School of Medicine has received the 2018 Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the 7th consecutive year. The HEED award is presented by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the Health Professions HEED Award — a national honor recognizing U.S. medical, dental, pharmacy, osteopathic, nursing, and allied health schools that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion — the University of Virginia School of Medicine will be featured, along with 23 other recipients, in the December 2018 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

“The Health Professions HEED Award process consists of a comprehensive and rigorous application that includes questions relating to the recruitment and retention of students and employees — and best practices for both — continued leadership support for diversity, and other aspects of campus diversity and inclusion. We take a holistic approach to reviewing each application in deciding who will be named a HEED Award recipient. Our standards are high, and we look for institutions where diversity and inclusion are woven into the work being accomplished every day across their campus,” said Lenore Pearlstein, publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

On January 25, 2019 the Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award was presented to three change makers. Dr. Ishan Williams, Dr. Preston Reynolds, and Franck Azobou won.

Established in 2013, Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award is presented annually to a student, faculty or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King’s values and teachings, in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness, in accordance with the institution’s mission and values.

Check out NBC’s coverage of the event here.