Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Health Services Policy, and Practice (HSPP) enthusiastically endorses the Diversity Statement of the Brown University School of Public Health, which reads:

The School of Public Health is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive working and learning community of faculty, staff, and students. We embrace diversity along its many dimensions—including race, ethnicity, sex, religion, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and other aspects of identity.  We encourage debate and open discussion to promote respect, understanding, and innovation.  Meeting the public health challenges of our increasingly globalized and connected world requires that we value all of our members and encourage all voices to be heard.  As the School of Public Health pursues its mission of educating future public leaders, producing relevant research and scholarship, and achieving measurable impact in the communities we serve, we recognize that our success derives from the dedication of every member of our community to the principles of diversity and inclusion.

We believe that health care is an inherent right for all people and that health must be maximized and protected through theoretically grounded, evidence-based policies. 

First, we encourage prospective students, fellows, and faculty from diverse backgrounds to consider opportunities to become part of or collaborate with our Department.  Varied experiences are vital for exploring and understanding intended and unintended consequences of policies and interventions.

Second, we have a proven record of research identifying disparities in access to high-quality health care, particularly in the context of long-term care for vulnerable, older adults, but also across low-income populations, racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and chronic illnesses, and Veterans.  We continually examine how policies are embedded within social contexts and impact those who have limited capacity or opportunity to be heard in the national debate.

Third, as our curriculum emphasizes state-of-the-art methodological approaches to testing and implementing best practices and policies across health care settings, we teach from the perspective of fairness recognizing that not all have access to best practices.  Identifying these disparities is essential to calling out or challenging barriers and developing appropriate solutions that improve care for all.

As part of our commitment to diversity, the department encourages our faculty, staff, and students to engage in opportunities for growth by participating in campus and School lectures and groups with a focus on inclusivity, such as the Learning & Engaging Around Diversity (LEAD) reading group